Breakfast/Brunch Main Dish

My Lola Mereng’s Adobo sa Beer

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  • Potato Type: Russet
    Cuisine: Asian
  • Serves: Serves 6-8
    Prep Method: Boiled
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Recipe by: Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen

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  • 1 kg. pork belly, boneless, skin on, cubed into 12-18 pieces
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed calamansi juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsps. oyster sauce
  • 3 pcs. U.S. Russet potatoes, peeled, quartered or sliced thickly
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • freshly crushed peppercorns to taste
  • 1 pc. fresh laurel leaf, optional
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • water to cover
  • rock salt to taste
  • about 6 Tbsps. fresh butter, softened


1. Marinate pork belly in calamansi, soy sauce and oyster sauce overnight.
2. Drain pork from marinade, and set aside marinade.
3. In a heavy pot, braise pork in its own fat and brown potatoes. Reserve some browned potato slices for garnish.
4. Add garlic but do not brown. Cook only until aromatic.
5. Add peppercorns and laurel leaves, then drain off fat.
6. Add beer and water to cover, bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
7. Cook, uncovered, until the aroma of beer evaporates.
8. Cook until pork belly is very tender and skin can be pinched. Season to taste. Potatoes must be very tender too.
9. While still hot, mash potatoes in butter.
10. Put potatoes back into the sauce and combine until smooth.
11. Garnish with reserved potatoes, garlic and laurel leaf.


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