Pork menudo is another dish that we, Filipinos are very much familiar with. It is a saucy dish that goes very well with rice.
It’s no surprise that we like eating this pork dish. Menudo is a “cousin” of the Afritada, Kaldereta and Mechado. (I get confused with these, sometimes. LOL!) There are a lot of similarities among these dishes; but what makes menudo different is the liver ingredient. At least, that’s how I disassociate it from the other Filo tomato-based menus.
I have shared with you a menudo recipe a while back. In fact, it was way back! For this post, I’d like to update you with another way of cooking pork menudo. This one’s another easy way of cooking the dish. I didn’t use raisins and green peas. While it is not necessary for my menudo recipe, you can always add them as additional ingredients when you cook menudo at home.
Pork Menudo Ribs
- 400 g Pork shoulders cut into cubes
- 200 g Pork liver cut into cubes
- 5-7 cloves Garlic chopped
- 1 whole Onions cut into cubes
- 1 whole Tomato cut into cubes
- 1 whole Carrots cut into cubes
- 1 whole Potato cut into cubes
- ½ whole Green bell peppers cut into cubes
- 2 pieces Hotdogs cut thinly
- 2 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Fish sauce
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup Tomato sauce
- 5-8 pieces Dried bay leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup Water
- 2-3 tbsp Cooking oil
- Put oil on a heated pan.
- Under medium heat, sauté the garlic until it turns golden.
- Put in the onions. Stir well.
- When the onions sweat, put in the pork.
- Cook the pork well under medium heat.
- Season with fish sauce.
- Cooking the pork takes a lot time. I fried the pork for 12-15 minutes under medium heat to achieve the color that I wanted. I stir the dish after every 4-5 minutes to make sure that the pork doesn’t burn. When you get brown almost burnt texture of the meat, proceed to the next step.
- Put in the tomatoes. Stir well.
- Add the hotdogs and pork liver.
- When the pork liver changes color (they do cook very quickly), add in the carrots and potatoes.
- Mix them well.
- Add the water, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Stir well.
- It is rather strong and tangy, unlike the ones we can buy from the Philippines. If you’re using the Del Monte or Hunt’s brand, you may need to adjust the tomato sauce to ½ cup to 1 cup. Trust your gut and follow your palate. That’s what I do when it comes to balancing the flavors of a dish.
- Cover the dish and let it boil under lower heat.
- At this point, I wait for my pork to tenderize. This step would take another 15-20 minutes.
- Add in the bell peppers and dried bay leaves.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with hot steamy rice.
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Tips and Tricks to make Pork Menudo
Once the pork is cooked, you can add the rest of the ingredients. You can mix the pork meat with various sauces such as butter, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, or Sprite. The menudo meat is usually made with chicken or beef liver, chorizo, or ham. You can also marinate the meat in lemon or calamansi juice before cooking. This will give it a tangy flavor. If you don’t want to use beef, you can also add soy-calamansi mixture to make the Menudo ribs more delicious.
You can prepare pork menudo ahead of time and save the leftovers for later. To prepare this dish, you should cut the pork into bite-sized chunks and marinate it with soy sauce, lime juice, bay leaves, and other ingredients. After marinating, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to two months. Once it is frozen, you can heat it up in the microwave for two to three minutes until it reaches 165°F.
When the pork has finished marinating, you should start preparing the other ingredients. First, chop the vegetables. Slice carrots, onions, bell peppers, and potatoes. Saute the onions and garlic for a minute. Then, add the raisins and garbanzo beans. Let this simmer for another 20 minutes before serving. The ribs should be tender and juicy. Afterwards, you can serve Pork Menudo Ribs with steamed rice.
To prepare pork menudo, cut it into bite-size pieces. Combine the soy sauce, lime juice, and bay leaves. Leave the pork to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients. While marinating, you can cut the carrots, onions, and bell peppers. Next, add the garlic and tomato sauce. After cooking for about 20 minutes, add the potatoes, raisins, and vegetables. Stir until the ingredients are heated through.
The next step is to marinate the pork. The marinated pork adds flavor to the dish. You can marinate pork in soy sauce, lime juice, and bay leaves. After marinating, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Once it has cooled, you can reheat it by placing it in the microwave at 2-minute intervals. Once the meat is cooked, serve it with steamed rice, fried rice noodles or sandwiches.
The first step of cooking pork menudo is to marinate it. To do this, cut the meat into bite-sized chunks and marinate it with soy sauce, lime juice, and bay leaves. Place the pork in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to two months. To reheat it, add the other ingredients one at a time. Besides the pork, you can also add a variety of vegetables for this dish.
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The next step in making pork menudo is marinating the meat. It should be cut into bite-size pieces and marinated with soy sauce, lime juice, and bay leaves. The pork should marinate for at least 30 minutes. After that, you can cook the pork in a microwave. When the meat is cooked, it should be at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.
After marinating the pork, it will start to soften. The oil will start to separate from the pork. When the pork is done, add the onions and the carrots and garbanzo beans. You can also add a bit of ketchup for flavor. If you plan to use the leftovers as a sandwich filling, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
To make pork menudo, start by adding the water to a pot and simmering for about 15 minutes. Then, add the pork. It should be tender and juicy when done. You can add sugar to make it sweeter or eat it plain. It will be a great dish to serve on special occasions or as a family dinner. If you love Filipino food, this dish is a must-try.