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 Menudo
This dish is not to be confused withe Mexican menudo, which is a soup made with beef tripe. The Filipino-style menudo is a tomato-based stew that uses pork. What makes this a bit different from a typical stew is the addition of raisins and liver. It's one of my favorite Filipino dishes. I hope you like it, too.
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1 hour 10 min
- 2 pounds pork shoulder or butt, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 large potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 pound pork liver, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup canned garbanzo beans
- 1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- In a pot, boil the pork in water for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain the pork but save the broth.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the garlic, onions, pork, and liver for 5 minutes, until the meat is brown.
- Transfer the meat mixture into the pot of reserved pork broth and add the tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil
- Add the potatoes and carrots. Simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender. Add more water if needed.
- Add the raisins, bell peppers, and garbanzo beans, and simmer for another 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste before serving.
- Instead of tomato sauce, try using real tomatoes cut into cubes.
- Add or substitute other vegetables such as canned peas and green bell peppers.
- You can substitute beef liver for pork liver.
- For a slightly sweet and savory dish, add sugar.
- Use fish sauce instead of soy sauce.
- You can add sliced hot dogs to the dish.
- Rather than bell peppers, you can use canned or bottled pimientos.
- Instead of water, use canned chicken broth. But reduce or omit the soy sauce unless you're using sodium-free chicken broth.