Friday, July 1, 2011

Menudo from Asia

One must have heard of the word 'menudo' in the 80's. For many, it's more of a rock band; a group of young men from Mexico who bombarded the different continents of their music. But in the Philippines, Menudo is a well known food that people in the Philippines love to eat. it's a must on the table for festivities, wedding and other special occassions. This meal is also a symbol of the country's history; having been a colony of Spain for more 300 years.
There is also a menudo recipe known from Mexico but I guess the Philippines version is the best!

How to do:

Menudo recipe: the Asian way!

Filipino Menudo Recipe Ingredients

2 cups pork loin, cubed
1 cup pork liver, diced
1/2 cup potatoes, diced
1/4 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup green and red bell peppers, diced
2 tbsp lard
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 white onions, chopped
1/2 cup red tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup tomato sauce
salt, pepper and paprika to taste

Filipino Menudo Recipe Cooking Procedure

1. Saute the minced garlic in lard until lightly brown.
2. Add in the chopped onions.
3. After about two minutes, add the chopped tomatoes and saute for about 3 minutes.
4. Add the pork cubes, seasonings and tomato sauce.
5. Cover tightly and simmer until the pork is half-cooked.

6. Add the diced potatoes and liver. Cook until the potatoes are done.
7. If the mixture is drying out, add water.

8. The chickpeas should have been cooked beforehand. If you're using canned chickpeas, there's no need to further cook them. Add the chickpeas and the bell peppers to the menudo stew a few minutes before serving.

Other ingredients you can use for your Filipino Menudo Recipe

Carrots, green or yellow peas, red chili peppers. You may also balance out the colors. The tomato sauce combined with the potatoes create an orange-red stew with bits of green.

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