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A Taste of Ilonggo Cuisine: Pork Estofado Recipe


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Filipino Cuisine: Pork Estofado is an Ilonggo especialty

Filipino Cuisine: Pork Estofado is an Ilonggo especialty

Pork Estofado ala Ilonggo

Pork estofado is a stewed pork dish served with fried plantains. This pork recipe is comparable to pork adobo, but the use of sweet potato and fried plantains gives this dish a distinct taste. Plantains or “saging na saba” help improve the flavor of this dish and add a little sweetness to it.

When I was a kid, my father used to cook this recipe for fiestas, wedding, 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 to regret 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 cups 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 in 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 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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mei on July 14, 2020:

there's no carrots on your ingredients but the instruction no. 8 says to add it .

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