Menudo is a classic Filipino dish. It’s also one of my favorites. There’s just something about this meaty, saucy stew that is so festive, and so heartwarming. The combination of tomato, liver, and pork may not seem that appetising to non-Filipinos. But give this dish a try before you knock it: it’s a Filipino hug in a bowl.

You’ll find menudo at any Filipino gathering. It’s often served at fiestas, birthdays, and simple family dinners at home. Some may argue that there’s nothing special about menudo. But that’s where I disagree. Menudo may be more common than other Filipino dishes, but that’s what makes it special. Over the holidays, millions of Filipinos are coming home to what they miss, what they love, and what is familiar. That’s what menudo is. I knew I had to make it a part of my Filipino Christmas recipes.

I find menudo to be so great for parties because it’s so easy to make and store. Just dump everything into a large pot, keep it on the stove to stay warm, and help yourself. You can also freeze batches of menudo in containers and store for a quick meal later on, when you only have time to heat something up.

If you want to make your holiday preparations even easier, head over to Landers Superstore. It’s a one-stop shop for all your kitchen and dining needs! There are now 4 branches around Metro Manila to serve you:

Landers ArcoVia

Landers Alabang West

Landers Balintawak

Landers Otis

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup minced white onions
  • 600 grams of pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp annatto oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • About 1 cup of water (enough to cover the pork)
  • 3/4 cups of roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cut carrots
  • 1/2 cup cut potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped liver
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tin of garbanzo beans
  • 4 tbsp raisin
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the garlic and onions in a hot pot with oil until slightly browned.
  2. Add in the pork shoulder/pork menudo cut. Brown the meat over medium heat.
  3. Drizzle the pork with annatto oil.
  4. Add in the fish sauce and soy sauce.
  5. Add in the water, enough until it covers the meat.
  6. Cover and bring the pot to a simmer. Leave for 30 minutes.
  7. While the meat is simmering, drop in the chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce. Smash the tomatoes in the pot to thicken the sauce.
  8. Cover again and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Drop in the potatoes and carrots. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Add the chopped liver, brown sugar, drained garbanzos, raisins, and bell pepper. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
  11. Season with fish sauce or soy sauce if needed, and pepper to taste.

Check out the full recipe video below!

Try this out at home and let me know what you think! Tag me @erwan on Instagram or use the hashtag #TheFatKidInside so I can see your photos. Enjoy this one!

Erwan Heussaff
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