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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

Not for everyday: Roast pork belly

This is not for everyday as eating too much pork belly can show in your belly (an old joke that I have been telling the husband...).

But seriously, caution should be taken when consuming pork fat. According to Harvard Health, pork fat is "bad" fat.

"It's primarily found in animal products like beef, pork, and high-fat dairy foods, like butter, margarine, cream, and cheese. High amounts of saturated fat also are found in many fast, processed, and baked foods like pizza, desserts, hamburgers, and cookies and pastries. These fats tend to more 'solid' (think butter or lard) than healthier fats," Harvard says.

From time to time, we can enjoy "fatty" roast pork belly. Sharing my personal recipe:

(1) For one to two hours, depending on the size of the meat, boil the pork liempo in a mixture with water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, red wine, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.

(2) Take the meat out of the cooking pot and let it dry for about an hour.

(3) Before putting the meat in the turbo oven, pat it dry with a kitchen towel. Then rub it with butter, salt, and pepper.

(4) Cook in the turbo oven for about 20 minutes (turn the meat over after the first 10 minutes).

Eat and enjoy, but not too much.

P.S. At times, I use leftover roast pork belly for Sinigang na Liempo.

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