How to Cook Menudo

Oink! I’m back! After a long hiatus… I don’t know what hiatus means. So yeah, hiatus. Lovely word that. Hiatus. Moving on!

I believe the best pet a man can ever have is a Pig. Here are reasons why The Pig can be the bestest friend a man can ever have.

1. You can eat it. I would have said – “you can eat this bestfriend” but the thought suddenly gave me the urge to put on a bra so I digressed to – you can eat it. Tell me if you can do that with your dog.

2. When it gets big, you can ride on it. You would be lying if you tell me you haven’t fantasized piggybacking on a pig. Everyone had at least one “piggybacking” thought because if we didn’t, who would have thought of the word piggyback? And piggybacking on anything or anyone except on a pig seems not proper. It should be with a pig really.

3. If something stinks (that means you), you could always blame the pig for it. ‘Nuff said.

4. Pigs don’t bark.

5. Pigs can find Truffles and make you a millionaire.

6. When you need a heart transplant, that pig will save your life.

7. There is no pink dog or cat or rabbit or fish.

8. Pig’s milk tastes awesome.

9. Pigs look good in a tutu.

10. Imagine if the pig finally takes the throne as man’s best friend, when your wife calls you a pig, you know what the woman means.

Seriously, this article will tell that the most delicious beast can really be a man’s best friend – read this.

And this post that you are reading right now you pig lover you, will not only reinforce that article but will gloriously declare why a pig is your best friend… she will be there when you’re lonely, she will be there when you’re cold, she’s saying, I’ll be there to comfort you, Build my world with dreams around you, I’ll be there with a love so strong, I’ll be your strength, you know I’ll keep oinking ooooon. And she’s not Mariah Carey or Michael Jackson.

Menudo. That’s the name of the pork dish that we will make. And no it is not the Mexican Menudo stew that is from stomach walls. It’s not even the Latino Boy Band that your ugly sister offered her womanhood to. It is the Philippines’ sweet and savory tomato based stew Menudo. And yes, you’re ugly sister loves it too.

My goodness, I missed writing here that I haven’t even started doing the pig. I mean the recipe.

So what do we need? Here’s a picture:

If you can’t recognize any of those because you are too busy living without ever caring what fuels your life, those are:

Chickpeas for 1 1/2 cup

Sweet peas or baby green peas 1 cup

Carrots 1 1/2 cup

Potatoes 1 1/2 cup

Raisins 1/4 cup

Tomato Sauce 1 cup

Pork Stock 4 cups

and the photo-shy Pork which is almost 2 kilos. Here he is:

Not only that he is ready, tender and juicy, I have made pork stock out of his willing meat. If you don’t know how to make stock, click this. This whole slab of pork will still be sliced and diced to a size that is as big as your chickpeas. Not too small, not too big. So now that we have everything let’s start cooking.

1. Pork Menudo is one of the Cocidos that mother Spain has shared to the Philippines… so we will start this recipe with the usual saute of Onions, Garlic and Tomatoes. If you are confused with the ratio of our Spanish trio combo because this is the first time you have visited this site, click this to fatten your brain (follow the links and don’t stop reading). Lazy? I expected that. 3 cloves of garlic, 1 large Spanish onion and 2 large tomatoes go in the pot or deep wok for every kilo of ¬†meat – they will need to sweat in a saute before you put anything in. In this case, we have 2 kilos of meat. Do the math. Oh the potatoes will also go with them. I hate potatoes.

2. After the sweating is done, add everything including Tomato Sauce and let it simmer for a good 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you are actually done but keep in mind that Menudo is a sweet stew, so taste it before you serve it. Those who don’t taste what they are cooking should not be cooking in the first place. There are a lot of ways to sweeten your Menudo but the common way is to add more raisins. If you don’t like raisins, you can do with sugar, pineapple juice and pieces or even honey (if you put honey in your Menudo, you must, should, will and promise-to-death¬†play this song). If you clicked on that and you just came back from youtube, I am pretty sure that you are now lovesick. Send me an email so I can help you mend that broken heart.

That was just 2 steps? It’s as easy as falling in love with Ricky Martin.

If you love pork or say pigs you will love this. Unless you don’t eat pork because you are restricted by your mental geography, this is one of the recipes that will let you finish 5 kilos of rice in one meal. And that is uncooked rice. You will love this. Your mother will love this. Your priest will love this. Even your pig will love this. Yes unfortunately, pigs eat pigs too. Lovely beasts aren’t they?

This is getting freaky.

I will leave you with this video which will make you want more of man’s best friend to be – The humble Pigaletow.

Just so you know, I am in no way related to this video and its grammatical subtitling hurdles. But I appreciate the lovely effort.

And I forgot the Menudo picture!!!!

I should be getting used to writing here again. Hia-oink-atus!

For those who want to learn another Filipino tomato based stew, click here for How to Cook Afritada

For those who want to learn yet another Filipino tomato based stew, click here for How to Cook Mechado

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Author: Ziggy

Ziggy grew up in the "dirty kitchen" of his grandmother. Literally. He would spend his pre-school days watching her cook crazy Filipino food. His love for food set him up in a journey through the kitchens of the Philippines to chef-swearing laden restaurants of Melbourne where he has worked mainly as a dishwasher, stockist, searcher of missing ingredients, deep frier of everything, arranger of antipasti on a supposed to be chopping board, kitchen cart surfer, emergency pastry chef, take-the-pans-we're-on-a-ciggy-break, chefs' cook of take home food, salad scientist and quite a number of mundane everyday things in the kitchen. Are you still reading this? He has quit that 1pm to 3am job now that he has learned to write. thus this site came to existence.

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8 Comments

  1. I have so missed your writing :) Welcome back, pare!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I have yet to make menudo.

  3. I’ve never tried cooking menudo like this before – great idea of boiling and tenderising it first and in turn getting a large amount of broth!!!! That’s genius!

  4. @sefie awwww… thanks sef! i have missed writing here too. appreciate you dropping by the site :)

    @joy as always joy. i still have to make kaldereta but that can wait for the next year. christmas posts first!

    @trish there are only 2 people that call me genius. my wife and my mom. now that’s three!! hehehe cooking the pork this way too makes it firm. it also avoids making the pork overcooked and fat turning too jelly.

  5. Is there any cut of pork that’s better than another? Should I leave the rind on?

  6. Hey Rick! How are you? For menudo, I suggest you choose pork belly. And yes leave the rind on but be sure to work your kitchen tweezers for twirling belly hairs. :)

  7. Ahh yes, this is the one I remember having for many a lunch at the UP drugstore cafeteria 40 years ago. Now I can finally have my fill! (Martin Marfil deep laugh HO HO HO). Thanks for making the instructions easy to follow and the comic diversions which keeps things light. Cooking newbies like me tend to be tight, afraid to mess things up.

  8. no worries loui. Remember, while you are cooking Filipino Food all the angels sing in the heavens (including Martin Marfil… wait is the guys still alive?).

    And don’t be afraid to mess things up. Pets and neighbors are always available for a kind gesture (Martin Marfil deep laugh HO HO HO).

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