Sunday, November 11, 2018

Filipino Afritada

Thank you Ladies for the feature of my Filipino Bola Bola in Sweet Chili Sauce, Andrea of Scraptastic Saturday, Bev of Thursday Favorite Things and Lina of Sew It Cook It Craft It.

Our culture and cuisine has a distinct mark of European Style which comes mainly from Spanish tradition. We have a lot of Filipino foods handed down to us by the Spaniards. My recipe today is one classic Filipino food. Most Filipinos are fond of Afritada and there are ways of cooking it. I guess most of us has this family tradition when it comes to food and cooking. When we relocated here in Singapore, I started to embrace and discover the innate characteristic of our cuisine. My desire to know has greatly improved and I discover that every classic recipe has a story to tell.

Afritada or Stew in Western term is basically a pork meat cooked with spices and ended up with thick or thin sauce. Filipinos are rice eating people so broth or sauce is greatly appreciated in the dining table. Later on, a new twist of Afritada came... now we have Chicken Afritada or Chicken Stew. Well, I have my own version and I call it Chicken and Pork Stew. This is versatile cause we learned to eat this together with rice or bread...and believe me I tried it with pasta and it worked well.

Printable Recipe
1/2 kg chicken thigh or breast (500 grams) boneless without skin,cut into medium cubes
1/2 kg pork pork belly ( 500 grams) cut into medium cubes
separately marinate the meat in the ff seasoning for 6 hours or overnight
a. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
b. 1 tsp rice wine
c. 1 tbsp cornstarch
d. 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
e. 1/2 tsp sugar
set aside in the fridge.
1/4 cup olive oil + 2 tbsp oil
1/2 head garlic grated
1 large onion chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste dissolved in 3 tbsp water
1 can tomato whole chopped with juice
1/2 cup - 1 cup water
3 pcs medium potato each divided into 8 cubes
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried chili flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into medium cubes
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into medium cubes
Prepare the meat ahead, marinate them separately using the ingredients above ( first five ingredients) it means you have to prepare 2 sets of the marinate, for chicken and for pork
Set aside in the fridge for at least 6 hours but if you can manage, do it overnight.
Heat 1/4 cup olive oil and fry the marinated meat, chicken meat first.
Just fry them until the meat turns white or the raw look fades.
We fry them first in order to seal the natural flavor and tenderness of the meat.
Fry the cubed potatoes for 30 seconds and set aside.
Using the same pan, add 2 tbsp olive oil and saute garlic and onion.
Wait until the aroma comes out. Then add in 3 tbsp tomato paste dissolve in 3 tbsp water.
Stir until well mixed and add the fried pork meat.
Add in chopped whole tomato together with its juice.
Cover and let it boil then turn the heat to simmering mode and cook for 45 minutes.
Add in the fried chicken meat and cubed potatoes Cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Stir from time time. Just add 1/2 cup water to 1 cup water little by little or only if you think its necessary.
Add the rest of the seasoning : pepper, salt, sugar, chili flakes, paprika and oregano.
Simmer for another 10 minutes. Then add cubed red and green bell pepper.
Adjust the seasoning accordingly. Cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

The major characters in this dish, I love the colors and the taste compliments each other.

The red sauce is quite a looker..the smell is captivating and the most important thing with this recipe is that when we cook it, we think about the left over. The taste and texture is well improved if you purposely eat this the next day. 

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  1. Looks yummy! I love cooking foods that only taste better the long it sits. My husband loves leftovers. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Hurray for a person like me who love leftovers..ha ha ha. Have a great week Cindy. Do take care

  2. This sounds wonderful!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week and hope to see you again next week.

    1. Have a great week too Helen and till next week. Take care

  3. This dish looks and and sounds delicious.Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

    1. Hello Julie, thank you for coming over. I hope you have a great week ahead,

  4. This sounds really good and I can't wait to give it a try!

    1. Thank you Chas. Please do try it. Have a great week ahead

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you and have a great week, hope you can try it.

  6. That looks so good. Thanks for sharing it. #Alittlebitofeverything

    1. Thank you for coming over. Have a great weekend.

  7. Replies
    1. Thank you Irene, I had a great time reading your posts. Thanks again for sharing.

  8. Looks like a very flavorful Filipino stew with lots of veggies and spices. I don't think I could cook this and then save it for the next day :) Thanks for sharing with a special Fiesta Friday #250.

    1. Hello Judi, thank you for coming over and for the kind words. As always, you brought a smile to my heart. Have a great weekend

  9. This dish looks delicious! Congratulations on being featured this week!!! Just coming over from Dishing It and Digging It with Christine, Linda, Angie and another lovely lady whose name I've just forgotten ~ I'm sorry for that. <3 Happily pinning to my Yummy! board for you.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,
    Hugs and blessings,
    Barb :)

    1. Thank you Barb ! It is so nice of you to come over bringing the good news. Thank you for the kind words and have a wonderful weekend.

  10. This is yummy.. I'm taking print put for future cooking.. :)

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    1. Wow! Thank you Krishna, I am honored you chose my dish. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. I love afritada and this one is, for sure, hit!! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! x

    1. Hi Jhuls, Thank you for coming over. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. I would love to try this recipe since I am avoiding eating red meats. This would be another great way to cook chicken.

    1. This is exactly for you, the chicken only version is also very good. You can use chicken thigh part. Thank you so much for coming over. Have a great weekend.

  13. Mareliz, I know I would love this, too. We can get pork belly now in some of our stores because it's become very popular but it's pricey. I can see there's not a lot in the recipe, though. I am so glad you came to Fiesta Friday while I was hosting because I know I am going to have so much fun exploring your site! Thank you!



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