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Easy Pork Hamonado Recipe using Pork Belly

Get this easy recipe for Pork Hamonado that has a perfect balance of sweet and savory and with meat so tender, it melts in your mouth.

Pork Belly cooked in soy sauce and pineapple juice.

What is Hamonado?

Pork Hamonado is a Filipino dish that involves cooking the meat in pineapple juice.

It is or was a kind of food that is only served at special occasions like for Christmas or Fiestas. Understandably, not only because most ordinary people from earlier years could not afford to eat pork every day but, also, such rich food should be only eaten occasionally.  

But nowadays, it's become common to see it on the lunch or dinner tables on any regular day.

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What cut of pork to use?

Different kind of pork cuts can be used as long as there is some fat in it. This is because this dish involves slow cooking the meat in the sweetened soy sauce. This process will bring out the pork's flavor.  For this Pork Hamonado recipe, I used pork belly. Other cuts that can be used are pork ham, neck or shoulder.

What I like about this recipe is it is fairly simple and easy. The hardest part, for me at least, was the waiting while the meat is cooking which might take some time to get that tender melt-in-your-mouth meat, but it was definitely worth it!   

Pork Belly cooked in soy sauce, pineapple juice and spices until melt-in-your-mouth tnder.

Some Q&A about cooking this Pork Hamonado Recipe

What pork cuts to use?

I used pork belly for this recipe but Pork knuckles, pork legs (ham), pork shoulder, or any part that has fat attached should be good for this recipe. Cooking time may vary though depending on the toughness of the meat.

What kind of soy sauce to use?

I know that this would not be a question if you are in the Philippines as we only know one kind of soy sauce. The others go by a different name for us (usually we call them by the brand).

In other countries, however, there are different soy sauces in the market and they have different flavors and render different outcomes. If you can find a regular soy sauce from the Philippines, then that would be perfect, otherwise, look for the all-purpose or dark variety.

Sweetened pineapple juice or not?

You can use any of the two actually. But if you are going to use sweetened pineapple juice, skip the sugar first as it may be already too sweet if it is added.


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4.73 from 33 votes

Easy Pork Hamonado

Get this recipe of Pork Hamonado that has a perfect balance of sweet and savory and with meat so tender, it melts in your mouth.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: pork hamonado
Servings: 6
Calories: 888kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 2-3 pounds Pork belly - - cut into 2 inch long and about 3/4 inch thick
  • 6 cloves garlic - - crushed
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorn
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • salt - -if needed
  • a dash of ground pepper


  • Place the pork belly slices in a pot or deep pan.
  • Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl until well blended and salt and sugar are dissolved.
  • Pour the liquid mixture to the pork belly and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once it starts to boil, lower down the heat to medium-low and cover with a lid then let it simmer for 40-50 minutes or so or until the meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the cover and continue to simmer until fat quite literally melts in your mouth. By then, the liquids would have been reduced to a thick sauce.
  • Serve while hot with steamed rice.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Pork Hamonado
Amount Per Serving
Calories 888 Calories from Fat 720
% Daily Value*
Fat 80g123%
Saturated Fat 29g145%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 2216mg92%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
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    1. It is not common but I used orange juice for a pork recipe before, Carnitas, and it tastes amazing. Just use it the same way as the pinenapple juice.

  1. Turned out really salty for me. Was able to salvage by taking out the meat, removing half of the sauce, adding 2 more cups of water, another half cup of pineapple juice and some more sugar, then let it boil with the meat. I used Marca Pina soy sauce and golden circle pineapple juice.

    1. Hi Marcy, yes, I noticed the same thing when using this brand. I think their soy sauce is darker (more concentrated) that others.

  2. Hi. It looks delicious and I really wanna try it. When do I put the pineapple chunks? If I put it at the start, will it be too soggy? Thank you.

    1. Hi Dannie, it is in the recipe to add all the rest of ingredients in step 2. It will not only be soggy but almost crushed by the time the meat is tender.

  3. 5 stars
    Discovered this great recipe during quarantine and I’ve been cooking this almost every week. My 7-year old son loves it! The only problem with this is I tend to eat more rice. 😋
    Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. LOL! I feel you Pearlie, it is also a problem for us cooking these kinds of food all the time.😉 Really glad that you like it thouh..

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