How to cook: Paksiw na lechon (roast pork stewed in vinegar and soy sauce)

Paksiw is the generic name for stews made with vinegar. Lechon is a roasted whole pig sold either whole or by the kilo with an accompanying sweet-sour sauce made with pureed pork liver. To make paksiw na lechon, the meat is slow-cooked in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns, bay leaves, sugar, salt and whatever leftover liver sauce there is.

It sometimes happens that there is no leftover sauce. In which case, some substitutions may be in order. One option is to used commercial lechon sauce available bottled in most supermarkets. Another option is to use a can of liver spread diluted in a cup of meat broth. Or, if you have a lot of leftover lechon, you may choose both options and mix them all together.

In this recipe, the paksiw was cooked with excess lechon sauce.  »

How to cook: Bistek, Filipino Beef Steak

bistek

The Filipino version of steak is bistek. I used to think that bistek was a localized pronunciation and spelling of beef steak but it appears that bistec is found in the cuisines of countries that used to be Spanish colonies. Like our bistek, they are all pan fried and saucy beef.In cooking Filipino bistek, it is ideal … »