Lechon Kawali (fried pork belly)

Lechon Kawali (fried pork belly)

Lechon Kawali is definitely in my top 10 for favorite Filipino foods.

1. It is pork belly
2. It is fried
3. It is crispy.
4. See # 1

What more could you ask for?

Pork belly is most widely used as bacon but is used quite often in Asian cuisines on dishes meant for any time of the day. In our household, we eat it stewed, slow-cooked, grilled, fried, or in soups. We cook Lechon Kawali maybe once every 3 months and consider this a cheat meal. Served with white rice, and liver sauce dip (Mang Tomas liver spread). Another favorite dip is vinegar with finely chopped garlic. Try it, it is yummy!


 

2 lbs of pork belly

water

3 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp fish sauce

1 bay leaf

2 tsp of peppercorn

2 tsp five spice

oil for deep frying

Clean pork belly.  Place the meat in the pot together with garlic, fish sauce, bay leaf and peppercorn. Cover the meat with water. The meat must be fully submerged in water. Bring to a boil over high heat. And lower the heat to low. Let it simmer for about an hour or until tender. Strain the meat and place them on a tray, skin side up. Using a fork, poke the whole surface of the skin repeatedly to let release oil and make the skin very crispy during frying. Sprinkle the five spice on the skin and spread. I cut the meat into smaller pieces, for easier cooking. Let it air in room temperature for at least 2 hours. Preheat oil to 375 deg f.  Slowly place the meat into the pan.  (Please be careful in frying pork belly. It splatters and oil may overflow the pan. I recommend using a deep fryer with a lid and vent to release steam. If you don’t have deep fryer, use a tall wide pan with the oil not more than a quarter of the pan.)  Cook it for about 8-10 mins. Until crispy. Serve with rice.


 

 

 

Adobong Pusit

Adobong Pusit

 

SmartPoints 4
Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Squid, cleaned, cut into rings (ink set aside)

2 tbsp Olive oil

1 large Onions, cut in strips

5 cloves Garlic, sliced thinly

1 large Tomato, cubed

1 thumb Ginger, sliced thinly

1/2 c Soy sauce

1/4 Rice vinegar

1/4 White vinegar

1 tsp. Peppercorn

2 Bay leaves

2 tsp Coconut sugar

5 green Thai chilis

Mix soy sauce, vinegars, and water and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan on medium high. Add the onions and tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture, peppercorn and bay leaves and cover it. Let it boil for about 5 minutes. Put the squid, squid ink and green chilis in. Cover for about 10 mins. Remove the Squid from the pot and place it in a serving dish such as Pyrex and put the lid on. Keep the sauce in the pot. Add the coconut sugar. Let it boil for about 2 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust the with salt and pepper. You may add soy sauce if needed. Reduce the sauce in half. Pour the sauce over the squid. I always top my Adobong pusit with fried garlic. Enjoy!

 

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This recipe is one of my comfort filipino food. I always cook ginisang (sautéed) Upo with this as a side. I pour the sauce over hot steaming rice.