Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pork Loin Asado

If you ask me what my favorite cooking technique is, it's definitely braising.   You just brown the meat and simmer it with its sauce on low heat until tender.  The cooking time maybe long but the prep time is fast and easy. Which means that you have plenty of time in between. You could actually clean the whole kitchen while the pot is simmering, or you could do Pilates or master a dance move haha  but I'm sure you follow my drift.  It's just perfect for moms (who love to multi-task) and home cooks like me.

One of my favorite braised dishes to prepare is Asado Pork.  It may sound Spanish but it was introduced to us by our neighbors from China. Eventually Filipinos had their own version and called it "asado"; a delectable dish braised in sweet-soy sauce. Yet another plus in cooking this dish is that the slab of pork is left uncut (I told you it's less prep time).  It's definitely a beginner cook friendly dish, that's deceptively simple.

So let's begin:

Pork Loin Asado

2 tbsp cooking oil
2 lbs pork loin (you could opt to use pork belly as well)
1 tbsp five spice
2 tbsp oyster sauce
7 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar (you may add more if you want a sweeter sauce)
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2-3 cups water

Season the pork loin with salt and pepper.
Add cooking oil in a heavy pan.
Sear the loin on all sides (a light layer of golden crisp forms around its sides)
In a bowl mix all the ingredients together.  Make sure to dissolve the sugar.
Once the loin is seared, pour over the soy sauce mixture.
Let it boil. Once it's boiling, lower the heat and let  it simmer.
You may need to add water if it's necessary.  Flip the the pork loin on the other side and cook until completely tender.
Remove the meat from the pot and let it rest for 10 minutes
Mix conrstarch with a little water and add to thicken the sauce
Slice the pork thinly and pour over the sauce.

You may blanch some vegetables ( I used bokchoy) and a cup of steaming rice would go well with this dish.  Enjoy!


  1. Braising is my favorite technique too. As you said you could do a lot in between. I want to put this Asado in my siopao


  2. I'm with you...braising is such a great way to prepare meat. So tender and melts in your mouth. I love the flavors in this asado...the sweet/salty is perfect!
    As for doing pilates, no thanks!!! haha.

  3. Lorna, thank you for stopping by. At least now you know na how to comment haha.

    Karen: no Pilates here haha. It was just something that entered my mind while waiting for the asado to cook hehe.

  4. I braise all winter. The dinner is always wonderful and the aroma in the house just beckons. Saving this. Winter is not over yet!

  5. one of my favorite braised pork is adobo, no less!

  6. I totally agree about braising. This sounds delicious, especially with this blend of spices and sauces! I can just imagine how yummy it is with that bowl of steaming rice! Delish!

  7. I love set it and forget it recipes. It makes life so much easier plus braised pork is absolutely delicious.

  8. hmmm something to cook this weekend Malou. I love asado.


  9. looks wonderful and so moist :-) love all the things you can do when you cook, he he i just wrote sleep and had to change it thats what I would do and you would watch kids for me!!

  10. So good, this is one of my favorite dishes. I completely agree, braising is perfect for that melt in your mouth wonderfulness

  11. I definitely had a phase when braising was my favorite technique :-) (Probably coming back to this phase again...)

    Would love to try your asado recipe one of these days :-)

  12. Braising rules! I love the method so much that I ignore the temperatures:) Nobody complains!
    I love the combination of flavors - I tend to stick to the "traditional" approach (as it pertains to the area I grew up in:), but I love adopting new tastes and ingredients:)
    I see that St. Louis is treating you right - happy that you love your new town!
    We moved to Redondo Beach over the holiday and I am still blinking, not believing we are really so close to the ocean:)
    I hope you are having a great weekend!


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