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Vol. XCI No. 2 — Aug. 7, 2019

It’s August once again and with this, the “Buwan ng Wika” celebrates the Filipino culture and heritage. Here are the notable dishes that Filipinos have learned to love, but will always take a second glance in confusion.

Pork Afritada is a Filipino pork stew that resembles pork menudo. It is composed of pork shoulder that is cut into 1 inch cubes, sliced carrots, sliced potatoes, and tomato sauce. This step-up recipe also includes green pea, freshly chopped tomato, and bay leaves. The best pair for Afritada is rice.

Menudo, also known as pancita ([little] gut or [little] stomach, from Spanish: Panza; “Gut/Stomach”) or mole de panza (“Stomach sauce”), is a traditional Mexican soup, made with cow’s stomach (tripe) in broth with a red chili pepper base. It shares a name with a stew from the Philippines made with pork and pork liver.

Kaldereta which came from the Spanish word “caldereta“, simply means stew. It is a favorite Filipino dish especially in the Luzon area, which is originally goat stew and is cooked with tomato sauce, potatoes, liver spread, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers.


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