It’s not surprising that some of the most famous Filipino dishes have a vibrant-tasting, thick sauce or stew. These bank on some of the best seasonings and spices, as we have a good deal of them in our home court. That, and we have a great supply of some of the best vegetables to pair them with. Menudo is just one of many recipes that involves this celebration of flavors. With a savory stew that complements a variety of components— from meat to potatoes to green peas— we are able to taste richness from each added ingredient. But what if we integrate a couple more factors to make an even tastier stew?
Pork Menudo is one of those Filipino cuisine classics that are tried and tested favorites. But Masarsang Menudo gives it a fun twist that doesn’t stray too far from the beloved original. For this, we integrate some sliced bell peppers, and an abundance of cheese for that delightful, savory stew. Come and try it out for yourself!
How to cook Masarsang Menudo:
Cooking the pork and stew:
Start out by heating up 4 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pot. Chop up 1 onion and 4 cloves of garlic, and then place half of the amount of each ingredient in the pot. We will sauté these together. Wait for the onion to soften, then you can put your ½ lb. of pork liver inside. Keep this cooking for 1 ½ minutes as you continue to stir them together. Then take all of the ingredients out of the pot. Set these aside.
We will use the oil that’s left to sauté the other half of the garlic and onion we chopped up earlier. Then go ahead and place your 1 ½ lbs. of pork slices inside as well. Keep sautéing these together until you achieve a light brown color for the outer part of the pork. Now we will integrate some more flavor to the dish by adding 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 8 ounces of tomato sauce. Stir this all together so we can distribute the sauces evenly.
Now it’s time to integrate your 1 Knorr Pork Cube, as well as 2 cups of water. Our delicious orange stew is getting there! Wait for this to boil, then you can add 3 Laurel leaves. Now cover your pot, and turn the heat down to low. Keep this cooking for 30 minutes, and let the spices and ingredients come together for a lovely, balanced flavor.
Adding the rest of the ingredients:
After the half hour has passed, you can finally get the cooked liver you set aside earlier, and add it to the pot. Also put 4 hotdogs you’ve sliced, and 2 potatoes and carrots you’ve all cubed. Stir these into the mix. Now you can let this cook for 10 minutes.
And add some of your nutritious bell pepper that is sliced. Also grab ¾ cup of green peas, and put this inside the pot. We will cook this for 5 minutes. After that, go ahead and season this with your preferred amount of salt and ground black pepper. You could also add 1 teaspoon of sugar if you want that subtle layer of sweetness. To top it all off, we’ll place ½ cup of grated cheese in the pot. Now you’re ready to chow down on this meaty, savory Masarsang Menudo! Make sure to have it warm over some rice.
To further satisfy your cravings for Filipino dishes that boast a delightful stew, I’ve listed some recommendations for you! And they come with easy to follow steps for you in the kitchen.
Other stew dishes to cook up:
Like our main dish, Pork Menudo sa Gata takes a yummy, traditional Filipino dish, and adds a distinctive twist. If you’re a fan of creamy coconut milk, you would definitely love this rendition. It provides a richer, milkier stew for our classic Menudo, while making for a more soothing flavor overall. And for those who aren’t too keen on liver, this is also a great option as it takes away that ingredient. This is also perfect for a party of four so you can serve it to the family for any meal of the day!
Often mistaken for Menudo, Kaldereta is a similar dish that also utilizes an orange sauce, and a couple of similar ingredients. Like our main dish, it also uses carrots and cheese. But Menudo is known for its smaller slices of pork, which Kaldereta doesn’t have. And of course, this recipe has that unmistakably irresistible factor of heat! Try this Pork Kaldereta sa Gata for a great balance between spice and creaminess from our coconut milk.
How did you like this Marsasang Menudo dish? Let me know if you have any questions by writing in the comments section below!
- 1 1/2 lbs. pork
- 1 piece Knorr Pork Cube
- 1/2 lb pork liver
- 4 pieces hotdog sliced
- 2 pieces potato cubed
- 2 pieces carrot cubed
- 1 piece bell pepper sliced
- 3/4 cup green peas
- 1 piece onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 pieces Laurel leaves
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup cheese grated
- 1 teaspoon sugar optional
- 4 tablespoons cooking oil
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a pot. Saute half of the onion and garlic. Add liver once the onion softens and continue cooking for 1 ½ minutes while stirring. Remove all ingredients from the pot. Set aside.
- Using the remaining oil, saute remaining garlic and onion. Add pork slices. Continue sauteeing until the outer part of the pork turns light brown.
- Pour soy sauce and tomato sauce. Stir.
- Add Knorr Pork Cube and water. Let boil.
- Add laurel leaves. Cover the pot and adjust heat to low. Continue cooking for 30 minutes.
- Add the cooked liver back into the pot along with the hotdog, potato and carrot. Stir. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add bell pepper and green peas. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Season with salt, ground black pepper, and sugar.
- Finish by adding the cheese.
- Serve warm over rice. Share and enjoy!