Thursday, 13 October 2016



½ cup, achuete oil
500 grams fatty pork belly, sliced 1½ inch wide by 2 inches length 
1 kgfresh chicken (adobo cut), include the heart, liver and gizard
2 heads garlic, lightly pounded, skin on
3 cups kaong vinegar
2 tablespoonsblack whole peppercorn (lightly pounded)
6 bayleaves
1 tablespoonblack whole peppercorn

In a big container, combine all the ingredients (except bayleaves, 1 of the two garlic heads and the 1 tablespoon black peppercorn) cover and marinade for 3 hours.

Make achuete oil, by heating 1 cup of oil in a pan. Once the oil starts to smoke, lower the flame and place two tablespoons of achuete. In less than a minute, the oil will turn from yellow gold to vermillion. Move the seeds occasionally with a wooden spoon; don’t allow the achuete seeds to burn. The oil will be ready in two minutes. Strain and decant the oil in a non-plastic container and discard the spent seeds.

After 3 hours, separate the pork from the chicken and place it on a clean and keep the remaining marinade aside.

Heat a Dutch oven and plave ¼ cup of achuete oil, sautee the other garlic (lightly pounded, skin on). Once it starts to impart a scent, place the pork belly and pan fry until it turns a little golden brown. Take the porkbelly out, add more achuete oil if necessary and pan fry in the chicken until it turns golden brown. Add the bayleaves and remaining black peppercorn. Return the pork belly and pour in the marinade, add vinegar or patis accordingly, bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the flame to the cooker’s possible lowest setting. Cover, let it simmer, for 45 mins to 1 hour, or until the liquid is reduced to half.

Serve with steamed white rice and fried sweet potato, fried plantain or saba banana.


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