Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday’s Cupful: Pork Belly Roll History

Roasted pork crispiness

Filipinos call this delicacy “Lechon Liempo” and there are varying recipes due to regional taste.  The Mixed Stew crew used a cradle-shaped wire rack and bamboo skewers to prop the pork belly slab into place.  Meanwhile, some cooks roll the slab and secure it tightly with string.  The crispy skin and moist meat make it extremely appetizing.  Anyway you do it…the trick is to stuff and smother the center with seasonings and goodies, such as green onion, lemon grass, and Thai Basil.  Filipinos reserve this dish for special occasions and celebrations. 

Please also note that Italians have a variation known as Porchetta.

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