Pochero is one of the Filipino dishes I have been meaning to cook for a long time but I wasn only able to cook it when my husband had his vacation here in Singapore last April. It is a tasty tomato-based stew. The pork is simmered in tomato sauce. The sweetness of the dish owes it to the saging na saba as well as the sweet potatoes.
It is a complete dish in itself as it comes with a green leafy vegetable, in this case, it is cabbage but you can serve it with steamed rice as well.
Just to give you a glimpse on how my husband and I fet every meal whenever he is in Singapore to visit me.
Pork Belly, cut into serving pieces – 500 g
Garlic, chopped – 5 cloves
Onions, diced – 1 medium
Saging na saba (Ripe plantain banana) – 5 pcs
Cabbage – half of a head
Sweet Potatoes – 1 medium
Fish Sauce – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Tomato sauce – 1/4 c
Water enough to cover the pork
1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute the garlic then the onion
2. Toss in thepork and stir cook until it almost turned brown.
3. Pour the water on it, along with the fishsauce, black peppercorns, and tomato sauce. Cover and bring to a boil underpressure. Pressure cook meat for at least 15 minutes timing it from the moment the cooker whistles.
4. Remove pressure from the cookere and toss in potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are half-cooked
5. Add the saging na saba andsimmer for another 3-5 minutes. Toss in the cabbage and simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetables arecooked.
6. Season with salt to taste.
Serve with steamed rice.