Pakbet Fried Rice with Lechon Kawali Recipe

This pork dish combines pinakbet and lechon kawali into one.

Perfect for Sunday lunch with the family, this dish combines two Pinoy favorites: pinakbet and lechon kawali!


Pakbet Fried Rice with Lechon Kawali Recipe

Rachelle Santos
This pork dish combines pinakbet and lechon kawali into one.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Pakbet Fried Rice with Lechon Kawali Ingredients

  • 2 bay leaves crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rock salt divided
  • 750 Grams whole pork belly
  • vegetable oil to deep-fry
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Cup white onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Cup native tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fish paste or to taste
  • 1/2 Cup squash sliced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/3 Cup eggplant sliced into half-moons
  • 1/3 Cup sitaw sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/3 Cup ampalaya sliced into half-moons
  • 1/4 Cup okra sliced into rounds
  • 4 cups jasmine rice cooked, cooled


  • Prepare the lechon kawali: Place bay leaves, peppercorns, and 1 tablespoon salt in a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover pork. Bring water to a boil. Add pork and reduce to a simmer. Cover pot partially. Simmer for about 1 hour or until meat is fork tender. Drain on a wire rack and set aside.
  • Make the pakbet fried rice: Heat oil in a wok. Sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and ginger; sauté until fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook over medium-low heat until very tender. Add bagoong and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add squash and cook for 2 minutes. Add eggplant and cook for 1 minute. Add sitaw, ampalaya, and okra; cook until tender.
  • Add cooked rice and toss until fully coated. Season to taste. Turn off heat, set aside, and keep warm.
  • In a deep pot, heat enough oil for deep-frying. Pat pork dry with paper towels. Season with remaining salt, making sure to distribute evenly on all sides. When the oil is hot enough, add boiled pork belly and deep-fry until all sides are golden and crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and let cool slightly. Slice into bite-sized portions.
  • To assemble, place rice on a serving platter and top with lechon kawali.
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