Easy Pork Asado
There are many ways on how to make Pork Asado like the one influenced by Chinese and also the Kapangpangan version. With this recipe, it is pretty easy using simple ingredients. This is the Asado recipe that I like and one of my favorite. It has that delicious flavor from soy sauce and lemon juice combined. The pork is marinated then browned. Simmered until pork is fully tender and served with fried potatoes. Feel free to add fried carrots. This Pork Asado is not sweet, just perfect!
Pork Asado is a tasty Filipino dish that has many version. This recipe is similar to the Kapangpangan Asado. It has the tart taste from lemon juice and soy sauce. This recipe is not the sweet Chinese style of cooking. Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it. I also added couple of finger chilies for a little kick but that is optional.
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- 1 lb pork shoulder (or belly), cut into 2 inches cubes
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon (or calamansi) juice
- 3 tbsp canola oil for frying potatoes
- 1 large potato, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- 1 tsp annatto (achuete powder) diluted in 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 cups of water (add more as needed)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 finger chilies (optional)
- In a big bowl, combine pork, soy sauce and lemon juice. Refrigerate and let it marinate for at least 25 minutes. Once marinated, drain pork and set aside remaining marinade.
- Using a wide pan, heat over medium heat and add 3 tablespoon cooking oil. Fry the potatoes in a single layer until tender and lightly browned. Remove potatoes from oil and set aside. Discard remaining oil (or use to dilute the annatto (achuete) powder).
- Using the same pan, add annatto oil over medium-high heat. Sear pork until brown on all side. Push browned pork to the sides of the pan and add onion and garlic. Saute for about a minute until fragrant. Stir to combine.
- Pour-in water and bring into a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover pan. Simmer until pork is tender for about 30 minutes while stirring occasionally. Some pork meat are tougher so you might need to simmer it longer and if so, you might need to add more water.
- Pour-in remaining marinate and add sugar. Stir to combine and cover pan. Continue to simmer until pork is fully tender and sauce is reduced for about 15 to 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Add fried potatoes and finger chilies. Cover pan and simmer for few more minutes. Transfer in a serving dish and serve while hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!