I seldom get requests from readers about a recipe. Gilda has tried my pakbet, liked it and requested for afritada. Just what I needed, an idea of what to cook next. Oh yeah I do run out of ideas especially when I’m lazy to browse through the internet.
As a kid, afritada (a stew normally cooked with tomato sauce) is not a common dish in our dinner table as we are a family not so fond of tomato sauce. I learned how to cook the dish from my HS home economics book and cooked it devoid of tomato sauce. A generous amount of real tomatoes were used instead (recipe to be posted here soon). Below is my tomato sauce-based pork afritada. Instead of browning the meat before stewing, I simmer the pork first until tender before browning and adding the spices.
1/2 kilo pork cut into chunks
3 tbsp of minced garlic
1 big onion, sliced
3 pieces tomatoes, chopped
2 pcs of potatoes, cut into quarters
1 small red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 small green bell pepper, sliced into small squares
1 small carrot, cut into halves and sliced
1/2 cup tomato paste (or tomato sauce)
2 tbsp of soy sauce
2 pcs. of bay leaves
(my missing ingredient: green peas)
Add the pork to a pot of boiling water and simmer for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle salt and continue simmering until tender. Set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Saute garlic until golden brown. Add in the pork and fry until brownish. Stir in the onions and tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are mashed. Pour in the reserved stock and tomato paste, and bring to boil. Stir in salt, peppercorns, bay leaves and soy sauce, and simmer for another minute. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook until done. Throw in the red and green peppers and cook for another couple of minutes. Serve hot.