Experience Filipino Dish “Menudo”
Pork Menudo sounds like Spanish but it is, unequivocally, a classic Filipino dish. In the long tradition of Philippine cuisine, Pork Menudo is one of the thick tomato sauce-based dishes that uses pork as its meat ingredient. Other classic Filipino dishes that are tomato sauce-based are Afritada which, by tradition, uses chicken as its meat ingredient; Mechado uses beef; and Kaldereta, originally, uses goat.
When talking about Philippine’s Pork Menudo, it is important to also touch the Menudo dish of the Mexicans because the word “Menudo” is a little bit confusing if you live here in Los Angeles. Here in California, when you speak of Menudo as cuisine, what naturally comes to mind is the classic Mexican Menudo soup primarily made of beef tripe (cow’s stomach) boiled with garlic, onion, and spices like red chili pepper. The classic Filipino-style of Menudo is a stewed pork and liver cubes in tomato sauce with potatoes, carrots, raisins, and seasonings. Variations include the addition of pineapple juice, kinchay, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), green peas, bell pepper, hotdogs, sugar, chorizo de bibao, liver spread, bay leaves, banana catsup, sweet pickle relish, atsuete oil, paprika, and other condiments.
Furthermore, Mexican Menudo is good as a cure for hangovers, while Philippine’s Pork Menudo is served as a main meal in town fiestas and other special Filipino gatherings.
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One one hand, Mexican Menudo originated during the pre-Mexican revolution during the early years of 19th century, when there is a wide disparity between the wealthy and the poor, and when the poor workers are exploited by the dictatorial ruling of Pofirio Diaz. In the history of Mexican Menudo, the best cuts of beef are taken by the wealthy hacienderos and the leftovers that comprises of organs, head, feet, and tails are given to the poor hacienda workers. However, by means of the culinary ingenuity of the poor, they were able to create a dish out of the leftover beef meat and one the dishes is the Mexican Menuno.
On the other hand, the Filipino style of Menudo originated during the time of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. Sautéing is a method of cooking introduced by the Spaniards during their colony and therefore, the pork meat is first sautéed in garlic and onion before stewing in tomato sauce. This, by the way, is the traditional culinary method in cooking this delicious Filipino dish.
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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. Another somewhat similar recipe that you can make is pork giniling. It uses ground pork and is perfect when served with boiled eggs.
2 lbs. pork
1/4 lb. pig liver
1 cup potatoes diced
1 piece carrot cubed
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 piece lemon
1 piece 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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