I’ve been wanting to take a whack lechon kawali for a long time now. The first one I tried was made by the GF’s mom about 18 months ago and it was soo addicting. Lechon kawali is a Filipino dish literally meaning pan-fried pork. Technically, it is first braised, then pan-fried pork belly.
I’ve looked around for recipes and finally decided on one. For the most part, im trying to follow (and try to quantify) Market Manila‘s lechon kawali recipe.
What you need:
-2.2lbs. (1 kg.) liempo (pork belly)
I’ve only had ones with a very low meat to fat ratio so I’m trying to make one with a ton more meat.
-1/2 medium onion
-5 garlic cloves
-2 bay leaves
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Add the onion, peppercorns, garlic, and bay leaves.
We’re supposed to let it dry, and I also do not want to try to do that in the oven. I have noticed a lot of lechon kawali I’ved had has the meat part dried out. Maybe it’s because over drying before frying, or because it was over fried… But I’m going to just follow the recipe and find out :).
I lightly wrapped it in paper towel and put it in the fridge overnight. This will get deep fried tomorrow. Check back soon for the finished lechon kawali.