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.


 

 

 

Kate Spade inspired bridal shower

Kate Spade inspired bridal shower

 

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The first bridal shower that I organized was for my now sister, Jazzie. Kate Spade was the inspiration for the bridal shower theme. I found the floral embellishments, in pink and black, with a splash of gold, to be very cute.

I started really planning a week before the event but ordered some of the decors from Etsy 3 weeks ahead; I know some sellers take a long time to ship their products. The specific garland that I ordered took 2 weeks to get to me. All the rest was ordered from Amazon.

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I started putting up decorations the night before so the next day all I would have to do was pick up the food and balloons.

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The wooden crate and letters were purchased from Michael’s. I hand painted the letters and glued gold glitter to the ampersand. The vase, I spray painted gold.

 

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The Mimosa bar was my favorite feature on this table. It included sparkling juices for the kids, who loved drinking in flutes. The gold sequined table runner I purchased from Etsy.

 

 

I found the lovely black and white runner from Etsy. The floral placements were actually from a rolled gift wrapper that I cut. The menu cards were made just using Pages from my Macbook and decorated with the flower clip-art, again from Etsy. Pink paper napkins were from Gilt. The “vases” were just recycled, spray painted bottles, which turned out cute! Inside the boxes were the party favors – scented candles from (of course) Etsy.

 

 

I think everyone enjoyed the bridal shower – we had fun games and delicious food. But most important was the good time spent with family. I could not have done it without the help of my wonderful in-laws!