Menudo with Raisins and Green Peas

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.

menudo with raisins and green peas

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.

menudo with raisins

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.

Menudo with Raisins and Green Peas
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 5
  • Serving size: 5
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  • 2 lbs. pork, cubed
  • 1/4 lb. pig's liver, cubed
  • 4 hotdogs, sliced diagonally
  • 2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cups frozen green peas
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 16 ounces beef broth or 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the cooking oil in a wide cooking pot.
  2. Saute the hotdogs for 1 minute. Transfer the hotdogs in a plate while leaving the remaining cooking oil.
  3. On the same cooking pot, add-in the ginger. Saute for 30 seconds to a minute.
  4. Put-in the liver. Continue to saute for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate while leaving the remaining cooking oil in the cooking pot. Set the liver aside.
  5. On the same cooking pot with remaining cooking oil, saute the onion and garlic until the onion becomes soft. Note: you can add more oil if there isn't enough left.
  6. Add-in the pork. Continue to cook until light brown.
  7. Add the raisins, pour-in the tomato sauce and beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add the dried bay leaves and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until the pork becomes tender.
  9. Put-in the sauteed liver and hotdog. Stir.
  10. Add the carrots, green peas and potatoes. Cover and cook for 8 minutes.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
  13. Share and enjoy!


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Hardinera (Jardinera) Recipe

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.

Hardinera (Jardinera) Recipe

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).

Hardinera Recipe

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.

Hardinera (Jardinera) Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 3
  • Serving size: 3
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  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb pork, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup beef franks or hotdogs, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 beef cube
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup roasted sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup liver spread
  • 1/4 cup cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 pieces hard boiled eggs, sliced or wedged
  • 2 pieces raw eggs
  1. In a cooking pot, add cooking oil and sauté garlic and onions.
  2. Add the diced pork and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Put-in the beef cube, water, and tomato sauce then bring to a boil. Simmer until the pork is tender and the liquid completely evaporates. Set aside and let cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pork, salt, ground black pepper, beef franks, bread crumbs, liver spread, sweet pickle relish, pineapple chunks, raisins, and cheese.
  5. Mix all the ingredients until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Grease a llanera and arrange the sliced eggs and roasted sweet pepper.
  7. Pour close to half of the beaten egg mixture and ensure that the eggs are well distributed on the llanera.
  8. Scoop the pork mixture in to the llanera until it occupies at least 3/4 of the total volume.
  9. Cover the whole llanera with aluminum foil.
  10. Pour at least 6 cups of water in the steamer. Arrange the containers in the steamer and steam for 50 minutes.
  11. Remove the steamed mixture from the llanera and transfer to a serving plate.
  12. Serve either hot or cold. Share and enjoy!


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Pork Menudo

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).

Pork Menudo

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.

Try this delicious Filipino Menudo Recipe.

Pork Menudo
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 6
Cuisine: Filipino Recipe
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  • 2 lbs. pork
  • 1/4 lb. pig liver
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 piece lemon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 pieces hotdogs, sliced diagonally
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 to 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine pork, soysauce, and lemon in a bowl. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oil in a pan
  3. Saute garlic and onion.
  4. Add the marinated pork. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Pour in tomato sauce and water and then add the bay leaves.Let boil and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the toughness of the pork. Note: Add water as necessary.
  6. Add-in the liver and hot dogs.Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Put-in potatoes, carrots, sugar,salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 8 to 12 minutes.
  8. Serve. Share and enjoy!


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