Braised Pork Belly

500 grams pork belly, cut into serving pieces
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 cup dried banana blossoms(puso ng saging)
salt to taste

1. In a big pot, combine pork belly, water, soy sauce and garlic.
2. Simmer and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until pork belly is tender.
3. Add vinegar and simmer for another 3 minutes.
4. Add the bay leaf, banana blossoms, brown sugar, salt and simmer for another 5 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Remove from heat and Serve. Enjoy!

Spicy Pork Salpicao

Filipino Style Recipe: Pork Salpicao is another typical Filipino pork dish made of marinated pork then stir cook until brown and tender. This dish is usually serve with fried garlic.

1/2 kilo pork, cut into cubes
1/2 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell peppers, cut into strips
1 green chili, slice diagonally
parsley for garnishing

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
2 tablespoons soy sauce or oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon paprika(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili flakes(optional)
1 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine pork and marinade then set aside for atleast 2 hours.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoons olive oil and toast the garlic until colors turn to golden brown and crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
2. In a same pan, stir fry bell peppers and green chili until fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 3
1. In the same pan, cook the pork 20-30 minutes or until brown and start to render oil. Add water if necessary.
2. Add butter then stir cook for 2 minutes. Add fried bell peppers and green chili.

Part 4.
1. Remove from heat and transfer into to serving plate then garnish with parsley
2. Sprinkle with fried garlic then serve with streamed rice.

Bagnet (Isabela Style)

Filipino Style Recipe: Bagnet is the Ilocano version of lechon kawali. This dish is the delicacy in northern part of Luzon. Normally the pork belly boiled and deep fried until crispy and blister on skin then serve with vinegar.

1 kilo pork belly(liempo), slice into 2 inch thick
5 gloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon peppercorns
2 tablespoon salt
1 bay leaves
3/4 liter water
cooking oil for frying
salt for rubbing

Part 1
1. In a pot, arrange pork belly and pour water, garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt.
2. Bring to boil for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
3. Prick the skin using fork then drain and let it cool. Refrigerate over night.

Part 2
1. Rub pork belly with salt then set aside for 10 minutes.

Part 3
1. In a frying pan, heat enough oil and deep fry pork belly in low heat for 30 minutes or until brown. Drain and let it cool.
2. Reheat the same oil and deep fry the pork belly again for 10 minutes.
3. Sprinkle with cold water, this will help blister the pork skin. Continue frying for 5 minutes.
4. Drain and slice into serving pieces.
5. Serve with spicy vinegar.

Bagnet Stew

Filipino Style Recipe: Bagnet Stew is another way on how to cook bagnet as main ingredient. Bagnet is a popular delicacy in Ilocos made from pork belly deep fried until crispy and blister on skin. This dish has a sour and a little salty taste best to serve during rainy and cold season.

500 grams bagnet, cut into serving pieces
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
4-5 cups water
fish sauce and ground pepper to taste
1/2 small cabbage, quartered (optional)

1. In a large casserole, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add bagnet and saute for 3-5 minutes.
3. Pour water then cover and simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
4. Season with fish sauce then simmer for a minute.
5. Add cabbage then simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Serve

Pork Dinuguan (Ilokano Style)

Filipino Style Recipe: Pork Dinuguan (Ilokano Style) or Pork blood stew is a Filipino recipe or dish that consist of savory stew of blood and meat simmered in a rich, spicy gravy of pig blood, garlic, pepper and vinegar. It is recognizably thick and dark. Some use crispy pork as alternative meat and cook until the blood dry. But it makes more special when adding chicharon.

900 grams pork loin, cut into small cubes
450 grams pork innards (ear/intestine) (optional)
2 cups pork blood (some used beef blood)
2 cups pork broth
4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 small onion, minced
1 thumb-sized ginger, minced
2-3 long green peppers(siling haba)
2 pieces bay leaf
1/2 cup vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. In a casserole, heat cooking oil and saute garlic, onion, and ginger.
2. Add pork innards then saute for 3 minutes.
3. Add pork and continue sauteing until color turn to brown.
4. Season with ground pepper, bay leaf and salt/fish sauce to taste, stir occasionally for 3 minutes until absorb the seasoning.
5. Add broth, bring to boil and simmer until pork becomes tender.
6. Pour pork’s blood , stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from curdling for 5 minutes.
7. Add vinegar and bring to boil without stirring.
8. Add sugar and green peppers. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
9. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Keep stirring.
10. Remove from heat and serve hot with chicharon or puto.

Spicy Pork and Eggplant

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Pork and Eggplant is consist of fried eggplant and ground pork sauteed and cooked in spicy thick sauce. This simple yet mouth watering dish is usually served together with steamed rice.

2 long eggplants cut into 2 inch length and halved
1/4 kilogram ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 piece chili, chopped
2 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon flour dissolved in 1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry eggplant until soft and browned on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. On the same pan, saute garlic, chilies, and onion until fragrant and translucent.
3. Add ground pork and cook until browned. Add oyster sauce,soy sauce and water. Simmer until sauce thickens around 10 minutes. Add back the eggplants and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Season with salt and pepper according to preference.
5. Serve with steamed rice and enjoy.

Pork Pata Caldereta

Filipino Style Recipe: Pork Pata Caldereta or Kalderetang pata ng baboy is another variety of Filipino tomato-based caldereta. Normally the pork leg boiled until tender, then cooked in tomato sauce, bell pepper, carrots and potatoes. Some may add liver spread and cheese to make the sauce creamy. This is another mouth-watering dish and one of my favorite.

3/4 kilo pork leg (pata), cut into serving pieces
250 grams tomato sauce
1 large onions, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large potatoes, cubed
2 large carrots, cubed
2 red and green bell peppers, diced
3-4 cups water
1 can (85 grams)liver spread or peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2-3 hot chili(labuyo), chopped(optional)
1/4 cup cheese, grated or cubed(optional)
1 cup soda(7-up or soda)(optional)

Part 1
1. In a pan heat oil and fry potatoes and carrots until golden brown.
2. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic and onions.
2. Add pork leg, continue sauteing until color turns to brown.
3. Add tomato sauce, soda, bay leaves and water then simmer until pork is tender. Add water if necessary.
4. Add carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, liver spread and chili. Simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Adjust seasoning with sugar, salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Add cheese and simmer for another 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
7. Transfer to serving plate and serve with steamed rice.

Crispy Pork and Broccoli

Filipino Style Recipe: Crispy Pork and Broccoli is another simple yet delicious pork dish. The dish is consist of pork belly boiled, fried and cooked in soy sauce, oyster sauce and hoisin sauce together broccoli and other spices.

500 grams pork belly
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
2 pieces bird’s eye chili (labuyo), chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoons hoisin sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste.

Part 1
1. In a pot, boil pork belly with salt for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and leave the pork to dry. Sprinkle with salt.

1. In a pan, heat oil then deep fry pork until light brown.
2. Drain on paper towel then cut into serving pieces. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion, chili and bell pepper.
2. Add pork then continue sauteing for a minute.
3. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce and hoisin sauce then pour the mixture into a pan.
4. Stir cook for a minute then add broccoli. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
5. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
6. Transfer into serving plate then serve immediately with steamed rice.

Pork Igado

Filipino Style Recipe: Pork Igado is another Filipino dish consist of pork meat sauteed and cooked in a blend of water, soy sauce, vinegar together with carrots, bell pepper and green peas.

500 grams pork loin, sliced into strips
3 pieces bay leaves(laurel)
1 cup water
1 medium-sized carrot, cut into strips
2 pieces red and green bell peppers, cut into strips
1/2 cup green peas
2 tablespoons cooking oil
salt to taste

2 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 gloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine marinade and pork. Marinate for at least an hour.
2. Drain meat then reserve the marinade.

Part 2
1. In a pot, heat oil then fry bell peppers for less than a minute. Remove and set aside.
2. Add pork meat and simmer until color turns to golden brown.
3. Pour water and marinade. Simmer for 25 minutes or until pork is tender.
4. Add carrots and simmer for 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning according to taste.
5. Add green peas and bell pepper. Simmer for another 3 minutes or until sauce is reduced and thickened.
6. Transfer to serving plate and serve.

Stuffed Pork Bell Pepper

Filipino Style Recipe: Stuffed Pork Bell Pepper is a simple and easy to do recipe. You may add more or less cheese based on your preference.

2 big yellow bell pepper, cut the top and remove the seeds
1/4 kilo ground pork
1 medium white onion, minced
3 pieces tomatoes, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 cup cooked rice
4 tablespoon cheddar cheese, shredded
3 tablespoon parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Part 1
1. In a large pot, boil water with salt enough to cover the bell pepper.
2. Put the bell pepper on the boiling water then let it boil for 5 minutes.
3. Remove bell pepper from pot, drain, and sprinkle inside with salt. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, saute onions and ground pork until browned.
2. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add cooked rice, worcestershire sauce and parsley. Stir cook until well combined.
4. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan and cheddar cheese.

Part 3
1. Stuff each bell pepper with the cooked pork mixture and top with remaining cheese.
2. Cook in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cheese melted.
3. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!