Slow cooked meat is tender and more flavorful. This is because cooking on low heat for a long period of time breaks down and melts collagen in the meat. This helps bring out the flavor and makes the meat extra tender. Slow Cook Pork Afritada is no exception. Slow Cook Pork Afritada is very easy to […]
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This tasty Pork Afritada is my third version of pork afritada that I am sharing with you. Since you guys are important to me, I always try to provide everyone with the very best recipes. My inspiration for this pork afritada recipe came from the chicken afritada that you guys loved. The difference of this […]
This Easy Pork Afritada Recipe is another version of pork afritada. This recipe will guide you on how to prepare your favorite pork afritada with ease and confidence. My secret for a good pork afritada recipe, and for any other meat recipes, is the quality of the meat. I see to it that I use […]
Do you like dishes cooked in tomato-based sauce? If you will be throwing the question back to me, I’ll definitely say YES. To tell you the truth, I developed an addiction (sort of) to these type of dishes. Actually, my most favorite Filipino food, pork menudo (this was my very first recipe post, by the way), is also cooked in tomato sauce.
I asked the question because I observed that there are plenty of delectable Filipino foods cooked in tomato or tomato-based sauces. Take the Beef Mechado, Chicken Asado, Beef Kaldereta, Lengua Estofado, and even the Beef Pochero as few of the examples. I enjoy eating all these dishes and I never get tired of the taste because each of them has a unique flavor that differentiates one from the other.
Here we are with another delicious tomato-based chicken dish that will surely capture your attention: Chicken Afritada. This might be an everyday dish served in Filipino households; however, having the complete ingredients and putting some love in your cooking will definitely turn this ordinary dish into something extra-ordinary.
It is given that we all have different ways in cooking certain dishes. There might be differences in ingredients and methods but we still refer to the same dish. I am curious, and I love know how Chicken Afritada is done in the different regions of the Philippines. How do you do this in your hometown? I’ll greatly appreciate your response.
Pork Afritada is simply “Stewed pork in tomato sauce”. This dish is similar to Menudo and Kaldereta (or Caldereta) and is usually cooked with wedges of carrots and potatoes. Bay leaves are also added for extra flavor and aroma.
Because of the similarity of Afritada to other tomato based dishes, identifying this dish is quite confusing to some. I was asked by some people (who are still puzzled on this topic) to differentiate one from the other. I felt like standing in their shoes for a while. After some time pondering, I figured out that the visual difference can obviously be seen on the cut of the meat and the additional ingredients used. As for the taste, each dish is unique even if the base ingredients are similar. I guess changing the cut of the meat and adding a few more ingredients to it gives me the right to call it “Pork Vanjito” (just kidding).
Some Pinoy Foods might look the same but inside them lays a truly unique taste capable of spelling their own name.
Tell me what you think.
Try this appetizing Filipino Pork Recipe: Pork Afritada.
I enjoyed having this Dutch Oven Pork Stew for dinner. It is delicious and the meat is very tender. Another good thing about this stew dish is that I do not need to keep an eye on it while cooking. I had extra time doing household chores while waiting for my dinner to be ready. […]
Simple tuna recipe is a quick and easy recipe that involves canned tuna. I’m sure that many of you have your own version in preparing “Ginisang Tuna”. This is one of the versions that I really enjoyed eating because it has both the taste and texture that I always wanted in a tuna dish. There is nothing […]
Pork Guisantes is a tomato base pork stew. This recipe is similar to Pork Menudo and Pork Afritada, but some ingredients vary.
I use tomato sauce to make this dish back in the days. I only started having canned diced tomatoes a few years ago – when I ran out of tomato sauce. I was in the middle of the cooking process when I realized that I already consumed the last can of tomato sauce for the Pinoy Spaghetti that I made a day before. It was a good thing that I was able to find a can of diced tomatoes sitting in the pantry. The Pork Guisantes dish that I made that day had a fresher flavor. That discovery made me use canned diced tomatoes (or fresh diced tomatoes) ever since.
This is a typical everyday dish fit for lunch or dinner. It is best served with hot steamed rice.
Chicken Asado (or Asadong Manok) is an awesome Filipino chicken dish and one of the best bets of the province of Pampanga. This dish uses simple ingredients and the cooking process is not so complicated.
Hmmm, seems like you’re eyes are hooked on the picture; let me clarify things right away to avoid confusion. Yes, the image that you are looking at is really Chicken Asado and not Chicken Afritada. But why is the base reddish? Unlike the usual dark asado dishes that we used to know (that are actually influenced by Chinese Cuisine), this special asado recipe uses tomato sauce as the base ingredient.
I first tried this dish when I visited Sta. Rita town in Pampanga. I thought that it was just an ordinary dish – but I got mesmerized right after the spoon left my mouth. At first, I can’t identify the ingredient that makes this semi-sour dish so rich and tasty until the host told me that he used butter to bring-in more taste and life to the dish. Pretty clever, isn’t it?
Try this Chicken Asado recipe and please don’t be shy to post your comment. I’m all ears (or eyes for this matter) – you know.
Beef Mechado is a type of stew with tomato sauce. This dish is somewhat similar to other Filipino dishes such as the Kaldereta (caldereta), Estofada (or Estofado), and as well as the Afritada because of the base ingredient used (which is tomato sauce). If we look closely, there are differences (aside from the name 🙂 )such as the manner of cooking or preparation and ingredients used.
I enjoy eating tomato based dishes especially if beef is used. However, the time needed to tenderize the meat tests my patience. Good thing I was able to buy a reliable pressure cooker to solve my problem. I acknowledge the fact that slow cooked meals are still the best but sometimes we need to improvise our cooking methods to suit our busy world.
Try this Beef Mechado Recipe.