Pork Asado Recipe

Pork Asado or Asadong Baboy is a sweet pork dish that was introduced by the Chinese. Unlike Chicken Asado, which is its name counterpart, Pork Asado has contrasting ingredients and method of preparation.

Pork Asado

This is one of the dishes wherein slabs of meat are preferred unsliced when cooked – just like the Lechon kawali. You can’t go wrong in preparing this tasty dish since the procedure is simple; all you need to do is marinade the meat in a mixture of spices and seasonings and boil it until tender. If you like easy to prepare oriental tasting dishes then this one is for you.

I began to like this dish when I came across it in a Chinese Fast Food Restaurant in Makati during my elementary days. The restaurant was located within Makati Cinema Square (it was a nice place back then) but I think that they moved to another location since the place is now crowded with DVD stalls and tiangge. It became a family habit to dine-in the restaurant every Saturday after my sisters scheduled voice training at the Ryan Cayabyab music studio in nearby Sunvar plaza (she is a competitive singer, too bad I didn’t have that talent; I can be a good host though :-) ).

If you’ll examine the ingredients closely, you’ll notice an ingredient called five spice powder. It is a powdered spice composed of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and ground fennel seeds. This is an important ingredient of this dish which gives it distinction over Humba and Pork Hamonado.

Got questions? Kindly post it in the comments section and I’ll do my best to get back to you soon.

Try this Pork Asado recipe and let me know what you think.


1 1/2 lbs pork

1  teaspoon five spice powder

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons cooking rice wine

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 cups water

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking procedure:

1. Combine soy sauce, five spice powder, garlic, cooking rice wine, and salt then mix well.

2. Marinade the pork in the combined mixture for at least 1 hour.

3. Heat a cooking pot then put-in the pork along with the marinade and water then let boil.

4. Add brown sugar and stir to distribute evenly.

5. Simmer for about 40 minutes flipping the meat after 20 minutes or so to tenderize the other side.

6. Turn off the heat and remove the meat from the cooking pot.

7. Allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes then slice.

8. Transfer to a serving plate and top with the thick sauce then serve.

9. Share and enjoy!

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  1. Alvin Gutang Academia says:

    Hi, pls tell me what is the best part of the pork in cooking asado.

  2. Hi po! I just want to ask lang po sana if i can substitute McCormick All Spice powder for the five spice one? Wala po kasi available dito sa BVI na five spice powder. Thanks po!

  3. Delia Rapoo says:

    Where can i buy this five spice powder? what is rice wine?

  4. hi rice wine can be found at wine section and mc cormick has 5 spice powder, both can be found at the supermarket.

  5. hi,i just want to ask if ever i cannot find these five spice powder to use for this recipe (pork asado)what is the other possible alternative should i use for it?we’re having 7spice powder here but it is spicy.

  6. Mark Anthony Tolentino says:

    Thank you Chef! for this recipe… our instructor was speechless when he tasted our dish (pork asado)… wala pa ung resulta ng grades nmin.. hoping na kami ang magiging champion.. at groupo nmin ang makakuha ng 1.0 na grade… LOL tnx again chef and more power…

  7. Maria A. Aligno says:

    In the Pork Asado recipe , what is the sauce used to garnish the meat before serving?

  8. Mark Anthony Tolentino says:

    hello po… i’m an HRM student.. ito pong pork asado ang balak naming mgkakagrupo na ipresent para sa midterm exam namin.. ang problema po namin ay wala kaming mahanap na rice wine.. pwuede po ba ang white wine vinegar?.. Oh di kaya GIN na nalang?.. tnx po chef… more power…

  9. guadelyn says:

    good day san po nakakabili ng cooking rice winbe

  10. hi! can neck be used in pork asado? and can it go w/out the cooking rice wine? you see, im from germany and ingredients are limited here. unless i go to an asian shop. thanks!

  11. Hi! Panlasang pinoy, Thanks a lot chef for sharing your exquisite recipes. I did try this pork asado and it was so good that im having hard time to stop eating. I did try the siopao also,and it was so perfect, your an amazing chef. Really! Thank you so much, More power and God Bless..

  12. Hi,
    i like this recipe and i would like to try to cook on your own way, but my problem is where the hell i could find these chinese five spice and rice wine do i get these in UAE??????? or can i order them from the Philippines.

  13. Yummmmm..i like pork asado siopao..but i will try this one..Looks so yummy..hehe.. thanks for sharing your recipes Mr. Panlasang pinoy.. More power!

  14. ask ko lang po,panu po pag walang mahanap na rice wine?may ibang alternative po ba?

  15. I always wanted to cook a Pork Asado dish since I am very fond of eating it at Chinese restos. So, I gave your tips a try and it turned out great. Well not at first really since I’m not really a cook myself. First time I got the sauce wrong maybe because of too much water. :/
    Thanks for this I kept perfecting it. Keep it up chef ^_^

  16. hello same po ba ang rice wine at rice wine vinegar? thank you po

  17. Kharms, usually sa Asian market mo ito makikita.

  18. Edna, nabibili yun as is.

  19. Hi!
    Just want to ask can i use the 6 spice powder? i can’t find 5 spice powder?

  20. ano pong sauce yung nilagay?

  21. hello po, what is the five spiced powder po? Thanks and more power

  22. Aurora, I used pork Sirloin in the video.

    • aurora lambino says:

      WOW.. chef.. thanks ulit for the info. I have been watching current dishes as they come into my mailbox.. ampalaya with beef will be my next prepared dish.