KCC: Filipino-Spanish Dishes: Pork Estofada

KCC‘s theme for the month of September 2010 is: Filipino-Spanish Dishes!!  Filipino cuisine is heavily influenced by Spanish, not surprising since they stayed in our country for over 300 years.

Most of these dishes are rich and satisfying and mouthwatering! I’ve made several in the past, most are everyday dishes and always, always eaten with rice..which is very Pinoy (Filipino).. these dishes are also great with warm crusty bread or pasta  if you don’t eat rice, but for me it’s not just as satisying.

Here’s a round-up of Spanish-Filipino Dishes I’ve made so far..I’ve plently more I want to learn to make..one dish at a time 🙂 (the recipe for the pork estofada is at the end):


Beef Caldereta…make sure you cook a lot of rice too ’cause this is sooooo good!


Menudo… I love this! 🙂


Arroz a la Cubana… a hearty breakfast meal


Chicken Afritada.. stewed chicken in tomato sauce..nom, nom


yummy Embotido ( meatloaf)..


Picadillo..my kids love this! 🙂


Estofada…muy delicioso!  ;P

good for 4 persons

500 g pork kasim (pork shoulder)
1 large red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 red bellpepper, sliced into strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 large potato, cut into cubes, about the same size as the meat or smaller
salt and ground black pepper to taste
pitted green olives, as much or as little as you like
2-3 pieces saba banana (or plantain), sliced lengthwise, fry and cut in half
2 tablespoon cooking oil

Here’s How:

Heat about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil ( olive, canola, corn or veg oil) in a saucepan; add minced garlic, onion, cook until onion is translucent.

Add the pork, season with salt and pepper, turn heat to high and cook pork while stirring until it gets lightly brown and starting to caramelize; add in the red bellpepper, cook for about a minute then add soy sauce, vinegar, let vinegar cook for a minute then add about a cup of water then the brown sugar and tomato paste.

Bring to a boil then lower heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until meat is a little tender. Add potatoes, simmer some more until meat is really tender then add olives..do a taste test and adjust as sseasoning as necessary. Turn off heat and add fried saba (plantain) last. Plate and serve with rice.

My friends at KCC have more delicious  Filipino-Spanish  dishes on their blogs, please check ’em out, I know I will right after this post 😉

Thanks for your time…as always, have a nice day, you! 🙂


11 Responses to "KCC: Filipino-Spanish Dishes: Pork Estofada"

  1. cusinera   September 26, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Olive, this is a massive food porn gallery of spanish/filipino dishes…I have to try your kaldereta recipe (mine doesn’t even pass 5 out of 10. I haven’t cook estofada before but your pic looks so good! I also flunk in embutido..hehehe, yours look so perfect.

  2. Cherrie   September 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, all your dishes look so yummy.

  3. MaryMoh   September 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I’m just drooling over every dish!! Wish I can have one a day to go with rice 😀

  4. Jeannie   September 24, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I love the look of that meatloaf! The rest of the dishes look delicious too!

  5. fimère   September 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    un plat que je découvre, il parait riche en saveurs et surement excellent en bouche
    bonne soirée

  6. Joy   September 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I haven’t had estofada forever. yours looks great.

  7. Angie's Recipes   September 22, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Picadillo looks super duper yummy!

  8. chef_d   September 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, my grandmother used to cook this when I was a little girl.

  9. Trissa   September 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    ah Olive, I can see from the dishes that you’ve prepared in the past you grew up eating so much great Filipino-Spanish inspired dishes.

  10. anncoo   September 21, 2010 at 1:48 am

    WOW! This is definitely a mouth watering dish ;D

  11. Caroline   September 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

    You have some great dishes listed here! Sure would like to have some now and yes with lots of rice, please.


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