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Igado (pork liver)

Igado……..A very common food in the Philippines. You will find this in almost all cafeterias / turo-turo (small restaurants) in every corner streets. There are many ways to cook this dish, some cooked it as “adobo style” and some just cooked it stir fry with tomatoes, some loves cooking it with a thickened sauce. I cook the simplest way – cooked with tomatoes or what they called ‘”sinangkutsa”. Where in you will just combine all ingredients together and cook it in a slow heat settings. Well, It saves your time, so you can watch TV or a movie while cooking. Just remember to keep a timer……………………..Did you know that pork liver contains significant amounts of certain vitamins and minerals and is a good source of protein. Protein is important for muscles growth and for repair of body tissues. This pork liver is one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to promote healthy vision, promote fertility in males and females and allow for proper embryonic development.

Ingredients: serves 4-6 persons

  • 500 gms pork liver cut in strips
  • 250 grams pork meat cut in strips
  • 2 whole tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a non-stick pan, combine all ingredients together expect water and oil. let it simmer for 30 minutes using a low heat settings.
  •  Then when the mixtures starts to seared. Stir with oil and stir fry for about 5 minutes. then add water
  • Boil for another 5 minutes. Then serve hot!!




Student Meal

Do you remember what was your favorite student or budget meal? or I will change the question? what was the meal you can afford during your college days?………..My answer?, It’s a student meal made of half serving of veggies and some meats…The vegetbale in this meal is Ginataang hipon at kalabasa and a simple fried pork chop and  steamed rice…This reminds me of my college days! ………………Did you know that the “alpha-carotene and beta-carotene” are potent antioxidants found in pumpkin and are pro-vitamin A carotenoids, meaning the body converts them to vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function. The beta-carotene in pumpkin may also reverse skin damage caused by the sun and act as an anti-inflammatory. Alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process and also reduce the risk of developing cataracts and prevent tumor growth


Fried Pork: serves 3-4 student meal

  • 4 pcs pork chop
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
  • 1 tsp lemon or calamansi juice
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic


  • In a container with cover, pour all ingredients together. rub pork evenly and marinade for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil and fry pork until brown. pour in the remaining marinade mix and let ir seared for 1 minute.
  • serve with your favorite vegetables.

click Ginataang Hipon at kalabasa for recipe


Traditional Roast Pork with vinegar sauce

This is tita wengs recipe…I love it!!! It’s a simple traditional roast pork, flavorful, crispy skin outside and soft meat inside. It’s really dangerous to your health.(hehehehe) But I can’t resist it. Life is short!!! It’s your call, just take a lot of running and exercise to burn all the fats and calories you gain after having this meal. So, Good luck!!! . . . . Did you know that regular pork meal a day is enough to fill your body’s protein requirements for the day. because pork  is a very good source of protein. Pork meats also have vitamins and minerals that are essential to our health. What pork lacks is the very important fiber. This what makes pork meats not heart friendly….I suggest “eat pork moderately”….

Ingredients: good for 4-6 persons

  • 1 slab of pork shoulder approx 1.5-2kilos
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 cloves finely chopped garlic

Dipping sauce: vinegar, chillies, garlic and onions or a simple ketchup


  • in a roasting pan, rub pork with salt, pepper, vinegar, garlic and soy sauce. rub well and set aside for 30 minutes allowing the ingredients to penetrate to pork meat.
  • Roast pork at 180 degrees celsius for 45 minutes or until skin is crispy. turn every 10 minutes.
  • You can save the drippings for gravy or simple serve the pork with above dipping sauce
  • enjoy!!!
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