Pork Afritada (Pork Belly Stew)

I was on a mission. I wanted to cook a dish I’ve made several times, but whose consistency I’ve never been able to achieve the way they serve it in restaurants. Pork afritada is a sinful dish, and I’m not going to tell you otherwise. If you have an aversion to pork fat or bacon, or are suffering from conditions preventing their consumption, I recommend that you stay away.

How could you though, when this dish reminds of home? It is comforting to ladle the sauce onto a plate of hot rice. It is enough to chew on the accompanying potatoes.

Pork afritada is always served with a pool of red grease on top. Its flavors are savory and meaty thanks to the addition of fish sauce typical in Filipino cooking.(Recipe below)

We begin by seasoning some fatty pork pieces. These are just a little bit of pork belly and some bacon odds and ends. You really don’t need much meat because the sauce is very flavorful.

Brown the meat in a good pot, letting all the juices come out. This will be the flavor base of your stew.

When the meat is brown and juicy, sauté the garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add the pepper, bay leaves, and 1 cup of water.
Stir in the tomato paste and simmer for about an hour.
Add potatoes and hotdogs.
Simmer, season and serve.
The stew should look like it’s made with love!
Pork Afritada (Pork Belly Stew)

1 pound pork belly, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup uncured, uncooked bacon pieces
4 cloves garlic
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium green or red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 bay leaves
1 cup water
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 medium potatoes
3 medium hotdogs, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1/2 cup frozen peas

Season pork belly with salt and pepper. Brown meat and bacon in a pot and stir in garlic until brown, and onions until soft and clear. Toss in pepper, bay leaves, tomato paste and water. Mix well and simmer on low heat until meat is tender, about an hour and a half. Add potatoes and hotdog and season with fish sauce. Sauce should thicken and coagulate. When potatoes are soft, add peas and simmer for ten more minutes. Serve hot on rice and with a side of vegetables.

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