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Baked Sliced Country Ham

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I usually serve ham over the holidays, either Christmas or New Year. I was never a fan of the spiral cut honey baked ham that is so popular here in the US. I grew up in the Philippines eating the salty sweet style ham. One brand that comes to mind is Majestic ham which is favorite of my dad. He would always get a whole leg of ham which my mom would serve on Christmas day. I discovered that I could recreate this ham from my childhood by using Country…read more

Pork Bone Soup (Nilagang Buto ng Baboy)

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There is nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter night. I wanted to make a comforting as well as a rich and satisfying dinner, so I thought of pork bone soup. Any cook knows that the secret to making a good broth is bones, be it chicken, beef or pork or any combination of these. Pork neck bones is relatively cheap, you can get these at any Asian grocer. It will make a hearty meal since the bones are actually meaty. Rinse the bones in…read more

Pork Ribs Sinigang

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Sinigang na “baboy” (pork) is one of the most beloved Filipino dish. I would say that sipping a bowl is like a cure to homesickness since it would surely evoke memories of family dinners. Pork is the favored meat for sinigang in most households. Pork belly in particular is the popular choice. I on the other hand like to use pork ribs since it gives a more flavorful broth that is less greasy or fatty. To make, place 1 medium chopped onion, 2-3 chopped roma tomatoes and 1.5 – 2…read more

Pork Sarciado in a Pretzel Bread Bowl

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After dining at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios and having their beef and lamb stew, I was inspired to make this dish. I wanted to make a Filipino version so I subsituted Sarciado for the stew. Sarciado in tagalog literally means sauced or any dish with a thick sauce. My sarciado is a recipe of my grandma which she passed down to me. I usually use beef to make sarciado but I didn’t have the right cut of beef in my freezer so I used pork instead. To make, saute…read more

Oven Roasted Pork Belly (Lechon Kawali)

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Filipinos love their pork, which is the reason why we have so many dishes that uses pork. One of these is Lechon Kawali. Lechon Kawali is a deep fried slab of pork belly that is cooked to a crisp. The traditional way of cooking this is to first simmer the meat in water with aromatics until tender. Then refrigerating it for several hours to dry the skin before deep frying it in oil. The last step is quite messy and difficult since the oil usually creates a lot of splatters….read more

Baby Back Ribs Adobo

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I already made several posts on adobo on this blog, pork adobo and squid adobo. This recipe for baby back ribs adobo is one that I have adapted from this site. It looked so good and it seems easy to make as well. I made this for dinner since I have the key ingredients needed. I did have to make a couple of substitutions for some items. This recipe turned out really delicious and a lot easier than making adobo the traditional way. To make, heat up your pan and…read more

Layered Napa Cabbage and Pork Belly Hot Pot

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I have planned to make this hot pot once I knew we were going to be hit with a blizzard over the weekend. A cold blustery winter night is the best time to enjoy this comforting savory soup. I got this recipe idea from this site and it is pretty easy to follow. It also kind of reminds me of this nilaga dish I made before. To make you will need one big napa cabbage, a pack of thinly sliced pork belly, a knob of ginger, 1 clove garlic, a…read more

Pork Rice Bowl

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It was our visit to the Hokkaido Gourmet Food Festival in Mitsuwa that inspired me to make this dish. There were various food items on sale that were sourced from that region and what caught my eye was the pork bowl sauce (tokachi tare). I initially thought that it was a dipping sauce. After doing a little research I discovered that it is used for making Butadon (pork bowl). This dish originated in Obihiro, a town in Hokkaido, Japan and is known to be that regions specialty. This may not…read more

Japanese Curry Rice

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Japanese Curry or Kare is a favorite of one of my girls. This is usually served over rice or udon noodles. Katsu (chicken or pork cutlet) is almost always served with it. This is very different from the Indian style curry as this has a milder taste and is usually made from a curry roux mix. There are several Japanese brands in the market and the most popular is the House Kokumaro Curry mix. This is available at any Asian grocer. This is very simple to make and you only…read more

Lechon Pork Belly

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Lechon is the star or center of any holiday, festival or party in the Philippines. It is a whole pig roasted over a charcoal pit. It is usually skewered in bamboo and is turned slowly to cook for several hours until the skin is golden brown and crisp. It is hard to find decent tasting lechon here in our area. If you are lucky to find one it is very expensive. In recent years, I have seen a smaller version of lechon in the form of a roll. I believe…read more