Asadong Kapampangan

Asadong Kapampangan, is a popular party dish in Pampanga when we were growing up in the 80's.  It's basically stewed chunk of meat, either pork or beef,  cooked in tomatoes, soy sauce and some calamansi juice or lemon juice.

And back then,  it's an everyday dish if it's made with chicken.

Asadong Kapampangan

Recipe by Ariel J of Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Asado is a well known dish in Pampanga. This was our Lola's specialty from Tarlac - she would cook for us whenever she visited Manila way back in the 80’s. Later on, it became one of our mom's special occasions or party dish.

Now that mom lives in the US, I tried to re-create the dish for my family.

Our Lola's Asado Kapampangan is a pork or a chicken dish which is boiled in soy sauce and calamansi and sautéed in onion, garlic and mashed tomatoes. Tomato paste is then added to give that appetizing color to the dish.

The chunk of pork is boiled whole for 1 1/2 hours before cutting it thinly so that the outer portion is flavorful, salty and a little tart while the inside is mildly flavored.

The thickened sauce is then topped on the meat when served.


1 kilo Pork Shoulder(whole or halved)

8 pieces Calamansi

1/2 cup Soy sauce

1 pack Tomato paste (115 gms.)

5 cloves Garlic, minced

1 piece Onion, chopped

6 pieces medium Tomatoes

1/4 cup Butter(optional)

2 liters Water

½ teaspoon Pepper

3 pieces Potatoes (sliced in thin rounds)

How to Make

1. Fry the potatoes until medium golden brown, set aside.

2. Mix pork, calamansi, soy sauce, pepper and water and boil for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender.

3. In a separate pan, saute the garlic, onion, tomatoes, then add the tomato paste.

4. Add the pork and 2 cups of the liquid from boiled pork.

5. Bring to a boil until the sauce thickens, basting the meat with the sauce.

6. Add the butter, and remove the meat from the pan.

7. Slice the meat thinly and serve on a platter.

8. Top with the sauce and serve with fried potatoes.

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