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MENUDO ...My Dad´s Version

MENUDO - My Dad´s Version

The mexican menudo is kind of a soup that has chili in it! My Dad´s version or to say, the Filipino version  uses pork meat and is a mild one and has little liquid to almost dry in consistency. We always enjoyed this dish at home when my Dad cooked this on Sundays at home... He had all those fresh bell peppers from our backyard ... and I can still vividly remember how he cooked his recipe... This is really a delicious dish which can be eaten with or without rice and most Filipino families serve this on special occasions. I hope you would find this recipe worth trying....  


1 Kg pork filet cut into cubes of about 2x2 cm or bite size marinated in 2 tbsp soya sauce for about 20 minutes
1 kg potatoes , peeled & cut the same size as the pork filet
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 onion, also cut into cubes
3 toast bread cut into cubes same size as the cut meat
1 each red & green bell pepper cubed
2 cups frozen peas ( thawed)
3 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups vegetable soup ( Knorr cube) or water
salt & pepper, creme fraiche (optional
cooking oil for deep frying potatoes and toast bread



How to:

 1. In a casserole, deep fry cubed potatoes in hot oil til golden brown ...set aside. In the same oil, fry the cubed toast bread til golden brown, set aside.

2. In a pan with 2 tbsp cooking oil, fry the crushed garlic , add the onion, then the pork filet.. all til golden brown...

3. Add the bell peppers to the pan, continue mixing....then add the tomato paste, soya sauce, 2 cups vegetable ( broth) soup, thawed green peas,.... bring to boil, simmer under low fire til the meat really becomes tender about 15 minutes. 

At this stage, the liquid must have evaporated already, so add 1 tbsp flour diluted in 1 cup soup/water + 1 tbsp soy sauce ( more liquid if necessary) to the meat and carefully ´mix all ingredients...

4. Season with salt & pepper ... if you prefer to add the vegetable soup instead of water, season with less salt as the vegetale broth contains salt already...

Now, for a more tasteful menudo, I add 1 tbsp of creme fraiche ( or double cream) to the meat... but this is really optional.

5. Add the deep fried potatoes to the meat mixture and carefully mix all ingedients... adjust seasoning as necessary.

Serve with cooked rice or white bread...This dish can be eaten alone because of the potatoes, but we prefer to eat it with freshly cooked rice.

Happy Cooking !