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. […]
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.