Liempo Estofado is a sweet stew composed of pork belly (liempo), saba banana, and carrots. The components are cooked in mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. This estofado recipe is a mild version similar to humba and adobo – this means that it is perfect with warm steamed white rice. Yum!
Preparing liempo estofado is simple. Just like most of the Filipino Stew recipes, the garlic needs to be quickly sautéed before the pork is added. The pork belly is made tender by simmering, and the rest of the ingredients are added towards the end.
It took me around 45 minutes to tenderize the pork belly. There will be a chance that the liquid will evaporate completely before the pork gets tender. In this case, try to add water before it happens.
Try this Liempo Estofado Recipe. Enjoy!
Liempo Estofado Recipe
- 2 lbs. pork belly sliced
- 4 pieces ripe saba banana peeled and sliced
- 2 medium carrots sliced
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3 pieces dried bay leaves
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or cane vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic crushed and minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Salt to taste
- Heat the cooking oil in a cooking pot.
- Sauté the garlic.
- Add the pork and cook for 2 minutes.
- Pour-in the soy sauce and water. Add the bay leaves and ground black pepper. Let boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the vinegar and sugar. Cook for 15 minutes. Note: add water if needed
- Put-in the banana and carrots. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add salt to taste.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!