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Humba Recipe
Pork Stew with Tahure

Humba or Umba is the Visayan answer to adobo from the North. A Chinese-influenced dish slowly simmered in a pot to bring out its melt-in-the-mouth texture. Humba recipes vary from household to household but it does seem to be incredibly close to some Chinese treatment for pork, as in pata tim, or slow braised pork with soy and star anise.

kusina ingredients
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) pork collar, cut into serving pieces
  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • Two 2-in (5-cm) blocks tahure (about 1 oz/30 g), mashed
  • 1/3 cup (2 oz/60 g) toasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Filipino vinegar (suka) or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup (60 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns, cracked
  • 1 bay leaf
kusina instructions
1 Mix the Marinade ingredients together in a heavy saucepan, add the pork and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2 Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is tender, about 45 minutes to an hour.

3 Add the tahure and peanuts, if using, stir and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and serve hot.
Serves 4 
Preparation time: 20 mins + 2 hours marination
Cooking time: 1 hour



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