Even on Thanksgiving, an American holiday, we feast with Filipino dishes like lechon (roast pig) here in the States. My favorite meal was always the day after the holiday. That’s when Paksiw na Lechon – Stewed Pork Belly was cooked. All the chunks of leftover lechon (roast pork) were chopped up and dropped into a huge cauldron of sweet liver sauce, vinegar, lots of garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaf, brown sugar and simmered to a sweet tart stew.
Paksiw is a Filipino way of cooking stew with vinegar and garlic. I looked forward to the lechon paksiw like no other dish. Sometimes, to cook the paksiw stew, I make my own homemade lechon sauce. This dish was my secret indulgence.
Every Filipino event – even Thanksgiving in America, is celebrated with lechon, roast pig, as the centerpiece of the table. The larger the lechon, signifies how important the guests or occasions are. Filipino lechon, unlike the Hawaiian version of roast pig in luaus, is roasted above ground, with the kindled fire from an open pit. The entire pig is skewered on a bamboo pole, and is slowly rotated for hours, to ensure even cooking and the perfect crispness to its skin.
In my American kitchen, I was amazed at how easy it was to cook this sweet pork stew in the Instant Pot or stove top. All you needed were the leftovers and extra sauce to fill the large pot. Throw in lots of garlic, and vinegar and you’re almost there. Don’t forget the brown sugar to sweeten. Add the black peppercorns and bay leaf to spice it up. Simmer it over a slow, low fire.
Before long, the heavenly aroma of a garlicky vinegar pork stew will take over your senses. Nothing else will taste or smell as good as Paksiw na Lechon simmering. Serve it atop a huge platter of steamed jasmine rice. This is the best leftover dish by far.
Filipino Paksiw na Lechon with Lechon Sauce - Stewed Pork - Instant Pot + Stovetop
- Instant Pot - 3, 6 or 8 quarts (or any multi-cooker that cooks in High or Low Pressure)
- Dutch Oven or Stock Pot - 6 to 8 quarts
For Paksiw na Lechon:
- 3 cups lechon (roast pork belly) cubed in 2-inch pieces
- 4 to 5 cups Filipino lechon sauce (liver sauce) (bottled or homemade); use leftover lechon sauce from the party
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup chicken or beef broth (add 1 cup more if using the Instant Pot)
- 4 cloves garlic peeled, minced
- 3 pieces bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
For Homemade Lechon - Liver Sauce:
- 1 cup liver pate or liver spread (canned)
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 whole large white onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup seltzer water (or use sparkling water)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- steamed white rice
To cook in the Instant Pot:
- Combine all the ingredients for the Paksiw na Lechon in the inside pot: Lechon pork cubes, lechon sauce, cider vinegar, broth, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt and sugar. Do not stir.Close and lock the lid. Set valve to Sealing.Click Manuall + High Pressure and set timer to cook for 25 minutes.When buzzer sounds to announce cooking time is done, click Cancel to turn off.Do a Quick Release with the valve. Carefully unlock and open the lid. Set the lid on a safe place of the counter.Using a long cooking spoon, stir the ingredients. Ladle in a bowl and serve warm with rice.
To cook on the stove-top:
- In a large, heavy stockpot, about 8 quarts, combine all the ingredients. Stir and cover.Over medium heat, simmer for 45 to 55 minutes. Stir the sauce every now and then to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot. Serve warm with rice.
To cook the Lechon- liver sauce:
- In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Cook over medium heat. Cover and bring the liquid to a boil. After it boils, lower heat to a low simmer for about 20 minutes.This makes about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of lechon sauce. If more sauce is needed, double the amount in this recipe and simmer accordingly..
Notes on the Instant Pot:
- It takes about 15 to 17 minutes for the Instant Pot to preheat to High or Low Pressure and for cooking time to begin. For other multicooker brands, check the product manual.Safety precautions: Use accessories recommended for the Instant Pot like silicone or metal. Do NOT use glassware. Read the manual for complete safety information.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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