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Pork Estofado Recipe


  • 1/2 kilo pork tenderloin or belly cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 star anise optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 plantain bananas cut in bite size fried
  • 1 small carrot cut in bite size
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce for marinating
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar
  • pepper to taste
  • cooking oil
  • enough water to cover the meat


  • Marinate pork with soy sauce and black pepper for at least 1 hour (overnight is preferred.)
  • Slice plantain bananas into half or bite size and fry until all sides are light brown. Do not over fried. Set aside.
  • After marinating, sear the pork in a hot pan until all sides are brown. Remove the oil and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add a new cooking oil. Saute the onion and garlic untilfragrant.
  • Pour in soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, star anise, and water enough to cover the meat. Bring to boil and simmer over low heat until the pork is tender.
  • Put the fried pork back and stir for a few minutes.
  • When pork is tender, add the carrots, green peas and fried plantainbananas. Simmer for few minutes until carrots are tender. Pepper to taste. Turn off heat.