Estofadong Baboy or Pork Estofado is a dish wherein cubed pork is stewed in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. This resembles the popular Filipino pork adobo, except that this dish makes use of a generous amount of brown sugar to make it sweeter. Pan-fried carrots and saba banana are also added into the dish.
The secret to a good pork estofado has always something to do with the quality and taste of the meat. It should tender and flavorful. This can be achieved by marinating the pork in adobo-like seasonings composed of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and crushed peppercorn for at least 3 hours. I usually do it longer, even overnight if I want my dish to be very tasty.
I think that carrots and banana add more value to this dish. I suggest that you follow the exact recipe even if you can do without these ingredients.
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Try this Estofadong Baboy Recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 2½ lbs. pork, sliced into cubes
- 2 medium ripe saba banana, sliced
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons white vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon crushed peppercorn
- 2 cups beef broth
- 4 tablespoons cooking oil
- Combine pork, crushed peppercorn, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar in a bowl. Mix well. Marinate for at least 3 hours.
- Heat oil in a cooking pot.
- Once the oil becomes hot, pan fry the carrots for 45 seconds per side. Remove from the pot. Set aside.
- Pan fry the banana for 45 seconds per side. Remove from the pot. Set aside.
- Using the remaining oil, pan fry the marinated pork for around 1 to 1½ minutes per side. Note: You may add more cooking oil if needed.
- Put the crushed garlic into the pot. Cook for 30 seconds. Note: This is the same ingredient used to marinate the pork.
- Pour-in the remaining marinade from the bowl and add beef broth. Let boil. Cover and cook in medium heat for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the pork becomes tender.
- Add brown sugar. Stir. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the pan fried carrots and bananas. Stir.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
- Share and enjoy!