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Nilagang Baboy (Pork Stew) Recipe

Nilagang baboy is a comfort food which is perfect during winter season. I grew up celebrating most Christmas with it because my mother would cook it for Christmas meal. I thought to prepare it as the temperature is now starting to drop here in the Middle East. In a few weeks, the long, dry and hot months will be gone.

This nilagang baboy recipe, which is a Kapampangan recipe, is a pork stew that is quite simple to make. It only involves one step of cooking that is boiling all ingredients by gradually adding them according to the required cooking time of each ingredient. For me, the trick to making a very tasty nilagang baboy is to use lots of different vegetables and make sure that the pork is tender. The pork and vegetables simmered together in a considerable amount of time will create a really tasty soup. All the minerals and vitamins from the vegetables will blend with the pork broth very nicely and one will be surprise at how the soup will taste healthy.

Nilagang Baboy (Pork Stew)

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Here is my nilagang baboy recipe:

1 kilo pork belly, sliced into chunks
1 small size cabbage, quartered and remove outer leaves and the hard part in the middle
100 grams green beans
2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced in big chunks
1-2 bunches spring onions, clean well, cut from its roots and remove unwanted outer leaves
1 large white onion, quartered
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1-2 liters water
Salt to taste

Optional ingredients:
1 medium size white radish, peeled and sliced into 2 inches long
1 bunch pechay leaves
2-3 pieces saba banana, peeled

Cooking Procedure:
Place pork belly in a large pot and cover with water. Let it boil then simmer for 30 minutes over low fire. Check the stew from time to time. Remove scum or filmy white layer of impurities being formed on the surface of the water. Add white onions, potatoes and peppercorn. Season with salt. When the potatoes are fork tender, add remaining ingredients and let it simmer until all vegetables are cooked. Add more salt if desired. Serve hot!

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