Easy Filipino-Style Salty and Sour Pork Chops

Updated on May 21, 2020
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As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino-style pork chops
Filipino-style pork chops
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Easy, Pan-Fried Pork Chops

I love pork chops of all kinds, but one of the things I miss most about my home country is the local-style pork chops. If you're familiar with adobo, then you know that Filipino cuisine often features dishes with a distinctive salty and sour flavor combination. This dish is one of them. It's also possible to vary the recipe to make it sweeter (see my variations section below), though personally, I really like the non-sweet version. Another thing I like about this recipe, in particular, is that it's quick and easy to cook, especially when I'm in a hurry.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup toyomansi sauce, available in Asian stores
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, for frying
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the peanut oil, in a Ziploc bag.
  2. Refrigerate the marinated pork chops overnight.
  3. Heat the peanut oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Sear the pork chops for 3 minutes on each side, until a thermometer shows an internal temperature of 145F.
  5. Remove the chops from the pan, allow them to rest for 2 minutes, then serve.

Variations

  • Instead of frying, you can grill or bake the pork chops.
  • Instead of toyomansi sauce, you can use a mixture of soy sauce with either lemon juice or vinegar.
  • For a sweet and savory pork chop, add sugar to the marinade.
  • Try using fish sauce instead of soy sauce.

Toyomansi Sauce

Datu Puti Toyomansi 750 millileter
Datu Puti Toyomansi 750 millileter
A traditional salty and sour marinade used in the Philippines, toyomansi is a mixture of soy sauce (called "toyo" in Tagalog) mixed with calamansi juice. Calamansi is a type of lime that's small and round. If you prefer not to cut and squeeze the calamansi yourself, then you can buy the ready-made sauce from any Asian store. For authentic Filipino toyomansi sauce, I buy the Datu Puti brand, which is made in the Philippines.
 

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