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 vegetables and spices. The sweetness of carrots and the spice of pepper create an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Although it takes some time to prepare the ingredients with all the chopping and slicing, the cooking process is easy since all you have to do is to dump everything into the wok.
This Pork Menudo recipe is a little different as it lacks the usual tomato sauce or tomato paste because that’s not how we do it at home. The tasty red sauce is created from scratch by combining the minced onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers with the meat and seasonings. The low heat from the stove does the rest of the job.
The good thing with my Pork Menudo recipe 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 on special occasions.
Pork Menudo Recipe
You will need:
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/2 kilo pork shoulder, menudo cut (small cubes)
- 6 medium-sized tomatoes, minced
- 5 medium-sized onions, minced
- 4 medium-sized bell pepper, minced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp patis (fish sauce)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 medium-sized carrots, peeled and diced (optional)
- 1 cup frozen green peas (optional)
- 1 small can of Reno liver spread (optional)
- 1/4 kilo pork liver, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 cup 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)
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, and fish sauce. 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 carrots, green peas, and liver spread. Cook for about 15 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients including the fried potatoes. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes (or until all the ingredients are cooked) while stirring occasionally.
- Serve with rice.