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Filipino Pochero (Pork/Beef Stew with Saba/Burro Bananas)
  • This very comforting food which is commonly served in special holidays is a tomato based stew that uses either beef, pork, chicken or a combo of all three plus a variety of vegetables. This recipe is different from the usual tomato sauce based stews because it has Burro Bananas or in tagalog called saba. This gives the pochero the sweet taste that is irresistible. Give your meal a delightful experience using this dish, or perhaps prepare it on one of your get together with friends or even simple Sunday family day. Happy cooking and enjoy!
  • Ingredients:
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 2 medium Plum Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2.2 lbs or 1 kilo Country-style Boneless ribs or pork belly,* cut into 1-1/2 cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Patis (Fish Sauce) – may add another tablespoon if using water instead of Broth
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can Beef or Vegetable Broth (or water)
  • 2 Medium Red Potatoes, quartered and then halved
  • 1 Large Carrot, chopped (similar size to potatoes)*
  • 3/4 cup Del Monte Ketchup (or regular Ketchup or 1 small can Tomato sauce)
  • 3-4 Ripe Saba or Burro Bananas, sliced
  • 1 bunch of Bok Choy (Baby or regular)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Brown Sugar, to taste
  • Beef or even Chicken or a combo of any two or all three may be used instead.
  • You can replace the Carrots with some Green Beans and/or Garbanzo Beans – which are the usual ingredients for Pochero.
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