Pork & Beans

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Lani posted her homemade Pork & Beans recipe and I suddenly remember my Dad’s version – delectable chicken chunks sauteed with canned handful bits of pork and lots of beans. I cooked it right away after reading Lani’s post but my busy working sched never gave me the chance to have it published. And here am I enjoying the meal again with my family sans chicken.

4-6 tbsp of minced garlic
1 medium sized onion, diced
1 large tomato, diced
Pork belly, cut into chunks
Soy sauce
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp of sugar
1 can of baked beans in tomato sauce (I bought a local Chinese brand)

Heat oil in a pan. Saute garlic until aromatic. Add pork and saute until brown. Throw in the onion and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are crushed. Add a cup of water and bring to boil. Season with salt, pepper and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Simmer until the pork rind is fork tender; the pork fat literally melts in your mouth; adding more water if necessary. Stir in the canned beans and simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. That’s it!

Also, check out Lani’s version if you don’t wanna use canned beans.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

2 thoughts on “Pork & Beans

  1. Yum! Try using italian sausages. Pan fry the pork sausages before sauteing the garlic & (red onions) to render fat. You may also replace minced tomatoes with canned crushed tomatoes & add some tomato paste & red wine for added flavour. More Yum! Red kidney beans will also work perfectly with this recipe. This is a bit italian so don’t spare on herbs. :)

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