Recipe by : Ariel Jasa, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Humba, said to be the Adobo of the Visayas(Central Philippines), is a sweet and tangy pork dish that is a staple in every town fiesta in that region.
It is a cross between Adobo, Paksiw na pata, Pares, Chinese pork asado and Patatim.
Cooked like adobo, or with vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaf and garlic as base ingredients, then brown sugar is added for sweetness, together with Star Anise for a little licorice taste.
So easy to prepare, you can dump all the ingredients in a pot and once the meat gets tender and the sauce thickens -- dinner is ready!
So next time you are undecided whether to make Adobo or Paksiw na Pata, try making this Humba recipe, instead.
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IN THE PANTRY:
1 Put all the ingredients (pork, soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, garlic, onion, star anise, brown sugar and ground pepper) in a pot, and bring to a boil.
2 Simmer until the meat is tender, adding more water as needed.
3 Reduce the sauce until thick, then add the dried banana blossoms.
4 Serve with steamed white rice and enjoy!.