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Lechón Kawali

Lechón Kawali


3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lb pork belly slab
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp coarse sea salt
Enough water to cover the pork
8 cups peanut or canola oil for deep-frying

IMG_9602The pork belly slab should have an even distribution of meat and fat. Preferably, it should not be thicker than 1-1/2 inches.

Place the pork belly, crushed garlic, bay leaf and sea salt in a pot and fill with water until the pork is completely covered. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Continue to cook for about one hour or until the pork is fork-tender.

Drain the pork. The stock can be saved for future use. Place the pork in a baking tray and let it dry out inside the oven set at 200 degrees F for about one hour. Let it stand to cool.

Heat the canola oil in a wok or a pan. Use enough oil to completely cover the pork slab. Deep-fry the pork with the skin down. Turn the heat to low and fry slowly for 20 to 30 minutes on each side.

For more moist meat, fry the whole slab over high heat for an additional 5 to 10 minutes with the skin side down just before serving. Fish out with a strainer and place on a platter lined with paper towels. Cut into 1- to 2-inch cubes.

IMG_9593For crunchier meat, cut the pork slab into 1- to 2-inch cubes and then deep-fry for an additional 5 to 10 minutes over high heat. Fish out with a strainer and place on a platter lined with paper towels.

IMG_9600 IMG_9586*Finally I found Pork belly, I bought in Whole Foods. Locally and organically grown. I’m so excited, it’s my first time making it. I got spoiled when we were living back in Toronto I can easily buy it any Filipino restaurant. I don’t have to do all the work but I found a quick way from Jun-blog. Instead of keeping the meat air dry overnight, just dry out in the oven. When you deep fry it there is no splaters. You end up a crispy skin serve with Soy and spicy vinegar dipping sauce. enJOY!!!

Source: Jun-blog adapted from Kulinarya: a Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine