How To Cook Guisadong Labanos

*I originally posted this on March 4, 2010 in YadaYadaYada.

I was craving for cold watermelon today… it’s so hot outside!

Anyways, as our helper went to Robinson’s to buy watermelon, I was left at home to prepare dinner. I know most of you don’t like labanos or radish. I didn’t like it at first too. But you know, they say that as you get older mature, you begin to like food that you didn’t like before :P For those of you who like radish, this is a fairly simple dish you can try at home. Good thing my camera was downstairs, I was able to take pictures while I cooked.

We don’t need too many ingredients here. As long as you have soy sauce, pepper, and pork cubes along with the other ingredients I’ll show below, you’re fine.

Apart from those that I mentioned, you will need:

onions and garlic (garlic not in pic)

radish

lots of tomatoes

pork liempo seasoned with salt and pepper. boiled. then fried.

The first step is to cook the pork liempo. You can choose any part you want but for this dish, I prefer to use liempo. Season it with salt and pepper. When the flavors are sucked in, boil the liempo. Save the broth. Then fry it. Chop the meat after frying. Set aside.

Slice the onions, radish, and tomatoes. Chop the garlic. We’re ready to go.

In a pot, saute the garlic, onions and tomatoes. Add half a pork cube. Keep cooking until the tomatoes are wilted and the juices are out. Add the sliced radish. Stir them all up. Wait until the radish is mildly cooked. Add the pork broth you set aside. Put in about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. You can use patis if you want. Or if you don’t prefer the orangey-yellowish sauce color, you can just add salt.

Let it simmer. Check once in a while to make sure that the radish is not overdone. It gets cooked really easily. Next, add in the pork liempo. Don’t add the napkin where you strained the excess oil of the meat like what happened to me!!! Yikes, kitchen boo-boo. Sshh. Add more broth if you want it saucy. I added more. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for three to five minutes then you’re done! If you really don’t like radish, you can replace it with upo or sayote.

Serve and enjoy :)

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