Lechon Kawali Recipe

Lechon kawali or Pan-roasted pork to some is different from Lechon, the well known Filipino dish which is also the national dish of the Philippines. While lechon is cooked in a pit filled with flamed charcoal, Lechon kawali is cooked by boiling then later deep frying a portion of the pig (pork belly usually) .

Little is known about the history of this dish. I just got acquanted with it during my high school days at Benedictine Abbey School (now its San Beda College, Alabang). I can clearly remember how the aroma of this dish fills the whole ERV canteen and also the long line that I need to pass just to order Lechon kawali. As I grew up, I learned that this can also be a good pulutan(appetizer) and is best complimented by the traditional lechon sauce or spicy vinegar.

Lechon Kawali

I like lechon kawali because I enjoy eating it as a main dish. I have this with warm steamed rice and some lechon sauce for dipping. Because of this admiration to this dish, I tried to devise a lechon kawali recipe that does not call for the pork to be frozen. This saves a lot of time.

Try this delicious Lechon Kawali Recipe and let me know what you think.

Lechon Kawali Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
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  • 2 lbs. pork belly
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp whole pepper corn
  • 5 pcs. dried bay leaves
  • 3 cups cooking Oil
  • 34 ounces Water
  1. Place the water on a big cooking pot and bring to a boil
  2. Put-in the pork belly then add 1 tbsp of salt, pepper, and bay leaves and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender
  3. Remove the meat from the pot and let it cool down for a few minutes
  4. Spread 1 tbsp of salt on the meat, make sure to distribute it evenly on all sections
  5. We now need to deep fry the meat. On a dry cooking pot place the cooking oil and heat it up
  6. When the oil is hot enough, put the meat in the cooking pot and let it cook until the immersed side is brown and the meat's texture is crispy
  7. Flip the meat to cook the opposite side
  8. Remove the meat from the pan, let it cool down a little then slice according to desired portions
  9. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

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