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A Taste of Ilonggo Cuisine: Pork Estofado Recipe

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Pork Estofado is an Ilonggo specialty of Filipino cuisine.

Pork Estofado is an Ilonggo specialty of Filipino cuisine.

Pork Estofado ala Llonggo

Pork estofado is a stewed pork dish served with fried plantains. This pork recipe is comparable to pork adobo, but the sweet potato and fried plantains give this dish a distinct taste. Plantains (or, “saging na saba”) improve the flavor of this dish by adding a little sweetness.

When I was a kid, my father used to cook this recipe for fiestas, weddings, birthdays, and many other significant Ilonggo events, as it is one of our traditional dishes.

Out of curiosity and fascination, I tried to study this recipe until I was able to perfect it. My only regret is that my father will no longer get the chance to taste it. As a way of remembering him at our family’s significant occasions, I make sure that this recipe is always present at our table.

I hope you will try this at home and hope you will enjoy eating it.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour 10 min

1 hour 40 min

This recipe is good for 4 persons

Pork Estafado Ingredients

  • 700g deboned pork leg meat, cubed
  • 2 pcs Chinese sausage, sliced thinly
  • 2 pcs sweet potato (if not available use medium carrots as alternative), sliced
  • 3 pcs plaintains(cardaba bananas), sliced
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • vinegar soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup pork stock
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorn
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • oil


  1. Heat a frying pan and pour 3/4 cup of cooking oil.
  2. When the oil is hot enough, fry the sliced plantains until the color of each side turns medium to dark brown. Set aside.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of cooking oil into a separate cooking pot then apply heat.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, put in the garlic and sauté until the color turns light brown.
  5. Add the cubed pork and cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Put in the soy sauce, water, whole peppercorns, and dried bay leaves then bring to a boil. Simmer until the pork is tender.
  7. Add vinegar and wait for the liquid to re-boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add brown sugar and carrots. Stir then simmer for 10 minutes more.
  9. Turn off the heat and transfer the contents of the cooking pot to a serving plate.
  10. Garnish with fried bananas then serve.
  11. Share and enjoy!

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