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How to cook Pork Humba

Humba is a Bisayá recipe, a common dish usually served during special occasions like town fiestas or birthdays in Visayas, at the southern part of the Philippines. Bisayá refers to the people who live in the Visayan Islands.

Pork Humba Recipe is a dish made with pork belly cooked in vinegar, soy sauce and dried banana blossoms. The banana blossom gives an impressive taste that makes this recipe so delicious and savory; it has a sweet and sour sauce. Humba is also like adobo, it can last for quite a few days without spoiling the meat because of the vinegar.

Learn how to cook Pork Humba, an authentic Bisayá dish and a well-loved recipe by most Filipinos.  This flavorful dish contains niacin, an essential nutrient in keeping your family healthy.pork humba recipe


Humba Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo Pork Kasim, cut into chunks)
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Canola Cooking Oil
  • 2 tbsp Tausi, without brine
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 pc Laurel leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorn
  • 3 pc  Star Anise
  • 1/2 cup dried banana blossoms
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Cane Vinegar
  • 3 pouches (115 grams each) Pineapple Tidbits
  • 1 pouch (115 grams) Tomato Sauce

Humba Cooking Instructions:

  • In a casserole, cook sugar and pork in oil until sugar has caramelized.
  • Add tausi and garlic and cook for few minutes or until meat is slightly brown.
  • Add vinegar, soy sauce, laurel, peppercorn star anise, and Tomato Sauce. Do not stir until it simmers.
  • Add water and pineapple syrup than cover and Simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender.
  • Add the dried banana blossoms and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the Pineapple Tidbits. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


pork humba recipe

Pork Humba Recipe is an authentic Bisayá dish that contains niacin, an essential nutrient in keeping your family healthy.

pork humba recipe




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5 Responses


    December 6th, 2010 at 9:42 pm



  2. azzir

    March 10th, 2011 at 4:16 am


    ano po yung tajure? gusto ko itry….thanks!

  3. asil

    December 17th, 2012 at 1:25 am


    mas masarap siya if yung pork is “pakupsan”.

  4. asil

    December 17th, 2012 at 1:32 am


    substitute water with coke also…

  5. Leon son

    December 4th, 2013 at 7:43 am


    FYI humba is a southern Chinese recipe. Humba which is a name filipinized from the original Chinese name “hong bah” means braised meat. As well as pata Tim. “Tim” describes a traditional way of cooking which means to boil for a long time

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