My second recipe is the classic Pork Menudo. You seldom go to a carinderia and not find Pork Menudo on the menu.
Pork Menudo is a pork stew combined with vegetable and spices. The sweetness of raisins and the spice of pepper create an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Although, it takes some time to prepare the ingredients because of all the chopping and slicing, the cooking process is easy since all you have to do is dump everything into the pan
This Pork Menudo version is a little different as it lacks the usual red sauce from tomato sauce/paste because there’s something less authentic about red sauces, hence the sauce is created from scratch.
The good thing with Pork Menudo is that you can omit some of the ingredients depending on your preference (for example, you may not add liver if you don’t like it). Some of the ingredients, however, are special and may be included if served in a special occasion.
Pork Menudo Recipe
You will need:
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 kilo pork, menudo cut (small cubes)
- 1/4 kilo pork liver, cut into small cubes
- 6 medium-sized tomatoes, minced
- 5 medium-sized onions, minced
- 4 medium-sized bell pepper, minced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 medium-sized carrots, peeled and diced (optional)
- 1 cup frozen green peas (optional)
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 2 cups garbanzos (white chickpeas), cooked and peeled (optional)
- 3 pieces chorizo de bilbao or hot dogs (optional), sliced crosswise
- 20 pieces hard-boiled quail eggs (optional)
- 1 pork bouillon cube
- 2 tbsp patis (fish sauce)
- 1 small can of Reno liver spread (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
How to prepare:
- Add oil in a wok or big kawali over medium heat. Fry the potatoes until light brown. Set aside.
- In the same pan, add the pork, garlic, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and sausages. Season with salt, pepper, fish sauce, and pork bouillon cube. Reduce to low heat once it starts to simmer. Juices will eventually come out from the vegetables so no need to add water. Cover while stirring occasionally. Cook until pork is tender or until the liquid has almost dried up leaving a thick sauce.
- Add the the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes while stirring occasionally or until all ingredients are cooked.
- Serve with rice.