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Pork Asado Kapampangan

Pork Asado is a common Filipino dish for special occasions. But do not confuse this one with other Filipino Asado recipes you find on the net. This is not the sweet-savory kind that was inherited from the Chinese, like my recipe for Chicken Asado that is usually used also as siopao filling. This, my friends, is the traditional Pork Asado Kapampangan. It is not sweet at all and is cooked in tomato sauce and other stuff that makes it really special.

Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

I have a very faint memory of my grandma (papa’s mom), Inay, preparing this dish for a Fiesta in the barrio where I grew up. I was really small then, maybe not yet even seven, but I was really curious and fascinated by the preparation especially in the kitchen. But at such events, the cooking is not even done in the kitchen. I remember her cooking various dishes in a huge wok or ‘kawa’ over an open fire at the yard next to the house. Fiestas in earlier years are big! I am talking about hundreds of people, your neighbors, people from neighboring barrios, relatives and friends from near and far places, come to your house to be fed. It is a festive occasion indeed.

Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

Inay was actually quite known in our barrio for her great cooking skills. Too bad I cannot ask her about her Asado recipe as she is no with us anymore. I asked my mama if she has an idea of how Inay’s Pork Asado Kapampangan is done. She also has only vague recollection of how Inay did it but with what we both remember, I tried to recreate this wonderful traditional dish.

Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

For this recipe, pork shoulder or what is known as ‘kasim’ in Tagalog is the cut of choice.  Inay would cook it in big cuts and will slice them thinly when ready to serve. Mama told me that Inay also put chorizo de Bilbao and Vienna sausages. Unfortunately, I don’t have the first and then I forgot to add the latter. Oh well, those are actually optional ingredients but makes the dish special of course.

Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

This dish is usually prepared a day ahead of the occasion. Letting it rest overnight actually makes the flavor blend and taste so much better. Since I made a lot for just two people to eat, there was some leftover. I just left it on our countertop, in the same pot and covered with the lid as I do not have space left in the fridge, thinking it should be fine as it is not so warm anymore. Also my grandma, like a lot of people, in earlier years do not own a fridge and even if she did, the whole thing with her other menus for the Fiesta will not fit.  Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

 

Pork Asado Kapampangan

Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 375 kcal
Author Bebs

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 large potatoes - peeled and cut into slices
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder - cut into 3-4 big chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 medium or 1 large onion - chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or calamansi juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 bunch dried thyme or oregano
  • 10-12 pieces peppercorn
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 3 ounces (small can) liver spread
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Fry the potato slices in a single layer until lightly browned. Remove from oil and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add another tablespoon of oil. Sear the pork shoulder cuts until browned. Remove from oil and set aside.
  3. Still, in the same pot over medium heat, saute garlic and onions until limp and aromatic. Pour the tomato sauce, calamansi or lemon juice, and soy sauce.
  4. Add the pork cuts, dried oregano, and peppercorns and cook for a minute or two, turning the cuts from time to time.
  5. Add the water and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, cover the pot with the lid and turn the heat to low. Let it simmer until meat is fork-tender, about 45-60 minutes.
  6. Remove cover add the liver spread and turn heat up to reduce the liquids to a thicker sauce. Add the grated cheese and cook for another 2-3 minute.
  7. Serve with rice while warm.
Nutrition Facts
Pork Asado Kapampangan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1859mg 77%
Potassium 667mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 100.8%
Vitamin C 11.4%
Calcium 13%
Iron 22.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Try this special Pork Asado Kapampangan recipe from my hometown for a traditionally delicious Filipino dish.

Bebs

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.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Hi Bebs, I love cooking too, the way we cook our asado kapampangan is similar with yours recipe, we all know that it varies from one barios to another barios the way we do it in our town from Lubao is 3 different large chunk of beef, meat pork and chicken like fiesta style , same ingredients kalamansi juice, soy sauce tomato juice, and tomato paste, pepper corn, bay leaf, potato and carrots. I think what makes it really good is they use the pork belly with the fats and the chuck beef simmer it until the pork and beef almost falling apart but not, except for the chicken you have separate them before they fall apart. You don’t put it in the fridge just let stay in the large we call it kawa, right and then when you serve it you slice the meat and pour the gravy over. Wow it’s already mouth watering oh this is the funny part, the day after the fiesta we re heat the asado, and we call it LATAK left over! hmmm so yummy man I’m just proud of being kapampangan I love all the food we cook!

  2. I, too grew up in Pampanga and love asado; I will be trying your recipe sometime this month.
    *My mom would slice the meat and fry them before serving. I think frying the meat adds not only some texture to it but an extra flavour.*

  3. My family is kapampangan, too, but the asado that we prepare in our house is much simpler. The ingredients are pork shoulder, calamansi, onions, soy sauce, peppercorns, and bay leaf (no sugar). Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer until the pork is tender. Slice pork before serving. My SIL calls this asadong Bamban (Tarlac).

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