February 22, 2016


Pinoy Food Recipe : Garlicky Pork Liempo

Majority of Filipinos are rice eaters. What’s the perfect partner for piping white rice? There are numerous Filipino dishes that would be perfect for hot white rice – Kare Kare, Sinigang na Baboy, Bulalo and the iconic Adobo. However, these are somewhat elaborate to make, so allow me to share with you an all-time hit that is super easy to create, Garlicky Pork Liempo (Garlicky Pork Belly).

Pinoy Food Recipe Garlicky Pork Liempo
Pinoy Food Recipe : Garlicky Pork Liempo

Main Ingredients of Garlicky Pork Liempo

Ingredients :

½ kg. Country-style cut Pork (pork skin, pork fat & pork meat you see in layers)

1/3 cup Distilled Cane Vinegar

1 Bulb of Garlic, skinned & sliced

Premium Oyster Sauce, coating the entire pork

Whole Peppercorns (a few pieces)

Salt and Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

Coconut Oil for frying

3-4 cups of water for boiling

Procedure :

Seasoned Pork Liempo
1)    Lay pork in a sealable container. Season with salt and ground black pepper and set aside for 30 minutes.

2)  Coat pork belly with distilled cane vinegar and oyster sauce then drop in whole peppercorns and sliced garlic (up to you if you prefer pounding the peppercorns first). Marinate for 3 to 4 hours or even overnight.

3)   It’s time to tenderize the marinated pork. Boil 2 cups of water with 1/3 cup oyster sauce, ground pepper, peppercorns and sliced garlic. Add marinated pork.

Cook in medium heat until tender, adding more water as needed. This usually takes about more than one (1) hour, depending on how young the pork meat is.

Pierce the hardest part of pork meat with a knife or fork to test if it is tender.

4)    Once the pork meat in tender, let it cool. Set aside for 30 to 40 minutes.

Garlicky Pork Liempo
5)   Heat pan, add oil and drop slices of garlic and fry the tenderized pork until golden brown.

*Option : Instead of frying, opt for the grilled version. Do steps 1 to 4 then grill to perfection.

Pinoy Food Recipe : Garlicky Pork Liempo
Enjoy this deliriously delicious Filipino dish, Garlicky Pork Liempo (Garlicky Pork Belly) with aromatic piping white rice. Now, that’s eating to your heart’s content!

Dipping Sauce :

In the absence of Sinamak, a spiced bottle of vinegar and native in Iligan, a province in the south, you can create your own vinegar sauce. Just combine vinegar, peppercorns and crushed garlic. Add some chillies if you wish.

Cooking Tips :

Tons of Garlic is what we need for this easy Pinoy Recipe
Freshly bought garlic makes this dish more delicious and aromatic. Buy fresh garlic and choose well. Smell them if you have to and don’t buy those with dried parts.

Pinoy Food Recipe Lechon Kawali

Love pork dishes? Try this well-love crisp pork dish, Lechon Kawali! It’s so good, you can’t stop munchin’! Recipe here.


This Pinoy food recipe, Garlicky Pork Liempo is definitely a part of my Monday Madness feature here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content! 
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Pie Rivera is a former food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine and a freelance food & travel writer for local magazines and online travel communities. She is a TV producer and creative director by day and wanderlust at heart.

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  1. I have pinned! This looks just amazing. Love the crispness of the pork and wonedrful flavors

  2. Pie, this is such a great looking dish. I love pork and garlic so this dish is now on my "to-make" list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These look amazing!! I love the use of oyster sauce and the pics are outstanding!!

  4. What a fun combination of flavors! Looks tasty.

  5. This looks so crispy and nicely done - Would be adding it to my menu for coming week. Delicious!