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Pork Estofado with banana blossoms and fried saba
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5 from 9 votes

Pork Estofado

Pork stewed in soy sauce and vinegar sweetened with caramelized sugar and fried saba (plantains) and banana blossoms.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: estofado, estofado pata, estufado, pork estofado
Servings: 4
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4 pieces saba bananas - each cut into 3
  • 1 kilo pork hock (pata) cut into smaller sections 2-inch thick
  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorn
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar -adjust to preferred sweetness
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup banana blossoms


  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the slices of saba until sides are browned. Remove from the oil and set aside.
  • Add the pork hock slices and sear all sides until slightly browned. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, water, and peppercorns and bring to boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, lower heat to low and cover the pot. Let it simmer for an hour or until the meat becomes fork-tender. Add more water as needed.
  • Place sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan. Melt over low heat until it turns into a golden caramel. Pour this to the simmering pot of pork hocks. Be careful as it will bubble up while pouring.
  • Add the banana blossoms. Add the fried bananas and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve while warm with steamed rice.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2167mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 34.5mg