If you love our Pork Menudo recipe, you will definitely like Menudo with Raisins and Green Peas. This recipe is similar to our pork menudo recipe, but made better by adding green peas and raisins. These additional ingredients enhances the flavor of this menudo dish.
Pork Menudo is not complete without liver. However, there are some people who don’t want to include it because of its gamy taste. This recipe deals with this issue by providing a step wherein the liver is sauteed in minced ginger; this gets rid of the gamey flavor of the liver making it more pleasurable to eat. It is better to use Filipino style red hotdogs for this recipe. If you don’t have it, I suggest that you use less salty substitutes. I would prefer beef franks over wieners, if you’ll ask me.
The potatoes and carrots can be fried separately before adding them in the cooking pot with the rest of the ingredients — just make sure that you let the excess oil drip so that the dish won’t be very oily. Pork menudo is best enjoyed with warm steamed white rice. I also find it good with sinangag in the morning for breakfast.
Try this Menudo with Raisins and Green Peas recipe. Let me know what you think.
Hardinera is a famous meatloaf dish that originated in Quezon Province. This is considered as a special dish and is often served only in special occasions such as town fiestas and other important gatherings. I really enjoy eating Hardinera (Jardinera) and I think that this meatloaf-kind-of variety is awesome. I think that my fondness of pork menudo is the reason. You see — this dish is like menudo encapsulated in a llanera and made even better.
Some say that cost of ingredients and tedious preparation method were some of the reasons why this is not a common everyday dish; however, I believe that we can do something to ease the preparation part – this post and the accompanying video might come-in handy for everyone. As for the cost, there are several ways that we can do to control it. One way is to reuse the ingredients that we already have. You can make breadcrumbs out of leftover breads; use the unexpired cheese sitting in the fridge. Buying in bulk also saves you money. Who knows, maybe you can sell Hardinera to generate extra income. Can you suggest other ways to save money on ingredients?
There are some similar dishes that I tasted – they were good too. One is the Everlasting from Marikina. Instead of diced pork, ground meat is used instead. I also tried a good variation in Bauan, Batangas (which is my wife’s province, by the way).
If you were following this blog from the very start, you might remember our Pork Menudo post; that was the first ever post. I wrote about my obsession to that dish and even called it a necessity. Hardinera is not that different from Menudo, as far as I am concerned. If Menudo is a stock car, Hardinera is the modified version.
Try this Hardinera recipe and let me know what you think.
Pork Menudo is the number one on the list of my comfort foods and it’s hard for me to last a month without trying one — literally. Some would say that I am addicted to this food while others would use the term “obsession”, I just simply look at it as a necessity – a basic necessity that I cannot live without.
In almost every Philippine town fiestas or gatherings, Pork Menudo can be seen in the dining table. This is one of the favorite “putahe” (dish) served and this was the reason why different variations of this dish existed. Many Pork Menudo recipes include hotdogs (pinoy red hotdogs), green peas, or garbanzos and others would add sun dried raisins too. I think that it is a regional thing because almost different provinces have their own version. I must admit that all variation tastes as good as everyone else but I prefer the version that I grew up eating, “Ang lutong bahay ni nanay” (my mom’s cooking).
Update: There are some people asking if they can use Filipino spaghetti sauce as an alternative for tomato sauce. I do not see it as an issue. In fact, I use it sometimes to cook Menudo and other tomato based dishes. The Filipino store is 30 minutes from my place; getting these ingredients online (if there is no immediate need) is beneficial for me.