Menudo is a very classic stew in the Philippines. Some say that it came from Mexico because they also have a dish named Menudo, yeah, both are color red but I think Filipino adopted this dish from the Spanish (like the Afritada) since we lived with them for hundreds of years.
Whenever I hear the word “Fiesta”, this is the first food that comes in my mind because I have never attended a fiesta without serving menudo on the table. This delicious dish or “putahe” is also present in almost all of the street eateries or carinderia here in the Philippines including gatherings like birthday parties and weddings and it can also be a day-today dish depending on the ingredients you put. This is also the reason why this tasty dish has different variations from using chicken to beef to liver and the most common, pork menudo. Different regions in the Philippines have their own version of menudo because you can remove some of the ingredients depending on your preference. Some of the ingredients include liver, hotdog, green peas, garbanzos, raisins, potato, carrots, pickles and more that’s why it really takes time to prepare with all the slicing and all but combining these ingredients and more can create a great taste in your mouth.
So without further ado, here’s how to make your own Filipino Style Menudo:
Pork : 2 lbs
Pig’s liver : 1/2 lb
Potatoes : 1 cup, diced
Water : 1 cup
Soy sauce : 1/2 cup
Garlic : 3 cloves, minced
Lemon : 1/2 piece or 4 pieces calamansi
Cooking oil : 2 tablespoons
Onion : 1 small, chopped
Carrots : 1 cup, diced
Tomato sauce : 3/4 cup
Hotdogs : 4 pieces, sliced diagonally
Bell pepper : 1 red, diced
Raisins : 100 grams (optional)
Sweet peas : 1/3 cups (optional)
Liver spread : 2 tablespoons (optional)
Dried bay leaves : 2 to 3 pieces
Sugar : 1 teaspoon
Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, put pork, lemon and soy sauce and marinate for at least 1 hour. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and sauté garlic and onion.
- Now, add the marinated pork and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour in tomato sauce and water and then add the liver and bay leaves. Let boil and simmer for 20 minutes to an hour depending on the toughness of the pork. Note: Add water as necessary and wait until liver is tender
- Add-in the hot dogs, potatoes, carrots, red bell peppers, sweat peas. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Put-in, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 8 to 12 minutes.
- Serve hot with rice.