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Pork Afritada (Filipino Pork Stew)

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Filipino pork stew

Filipino pork stew

Filipino Pork Stew (Afritadang Baboy)

Pork afritada, also called afritadang baboy, is similar to American beef stew in that its base consists of tomato, potatoes, and carrots. The main difference is that the Filipino version uses pork, rather than beef.

The word afritada comes from the Portuguese word fritar, meaning "to fry." Baboy is the Tagalog word for pork. In this dish, the pork and vegetables are fried first before being simmered in tomato sauce.

In this recipe, we're taking a shortcut by using a premade afritada mix, which you can find at Asian stores. This recipe is ideal for those who don't have the time to prepare the sauce from scratch.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork shoulder, cubed
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cubed
  • 1/3 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 (30-gram) package afritada mix, available at Asian stores

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the afritada mix in 1/4 cup water.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the potatoes and carrots for 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. Fry the pork in the same pan of oil for about 2 minutes on each side, until brown.
  4. Transfer the pork to a pot and pour the dissolved afritada mix into the pot. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 25 minutes.
  5. Add the fried potatoes and carrots and remaining ingredients. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Variations

  • From-scratch afritada sauce: You can make the sauce from scratch, if you prefer. Combine 1 (8-ounce) can of tomato sauce, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 cloves crushed garlic, and 1 bay leaf.
  • Additional vegetables: You can add other vegetables, as well, such as onions and fresh tomatoes.
  • Chicken broth instead of water: You can use canned chicken broth if desired, but then you should reduce the soy sauce (unless you're using sodium-free chicken broth).
  • Consistency: If you desire a more soup-like consistency, feel free to add more water. If you do this, make sure to season accordingly with salt and pepper.
  • Other meats: You can add sliced hot dogs to the dish, as well.

Afritada Mix