Lechon Kawali Kare-Kare Recipe

What happens when you combine two classic Filipino dishes?

What happens when you combine two classic Filipino dishes? You get the best of both worlds: the crispy and juicy meat of lechon kawali and the delectably nutty sauce of kare-kare. Delish!

Lechon Kawali Kare-Kare Recipe

Rachelle Santos
What happens when you combine two classic Filipino dishes?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Lechon Kawali Kare-Kare Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons Achuete Seeds (annatto seeds)
  • 1/3 Cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons glutinous rice toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 kilo Pork belly boiled until tender


  • Make the kare-kare sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan until very hot. Add annatto seeds and turn off fire. Stir until oil becomes red. Strain seeds and pour oil back to the pan. Add onions and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Whisk in peanut butter until sauce becomes smooth. Add ground malagkit rice and whisk until thick. Season with fish sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the blanched vegetables and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a large wok. Deep-fry pork belly until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • Place kare-kare sauce and vegetables on a serving platter. Arrange lechon kawali on top. Serve with bagoong.
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