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How to cook the popular Pinoy dish Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali Recipe (Crispy Pan-Fried Roasted Pork) is easy to cook, it involves boiling then deep-frying pieces of pork.  Lechon Kawali is a pan-roasted pork dish popular in the Philippines. When served it is usually accompanied with sarsa ni mang tomas or served with just vinegar and soy sauce.

Estimated cooking time: 50 minutes  /  Makes 2-4 servings

lechon kawali

Lechon Kawali Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo  pork liempo (pork belly)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 laurel leaves (bay leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt
  • water, for boiling
  • oil (for frying)


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced or 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • chili peppers (optional)

Lechon Kawali Cooking Instructions:

  • Cut the pork belly into serving pieces then combine with the garlic, peppercorn,laurel leaves, salt and water in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until skin is tender.
  • Drain, cool and air dry.
  • Deep-fry liempo pieces in batches until golden brown and blisters appear on skin.
  • Mix all the sauce ingredients and serve lechon kawali while it’s hot.


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5 Responses

  1. helen

    June 24th, 2009 at 9:53 pm


    I followed the recipe to the letter except that I dried the pork liempo in the fridge overnight and instead of deep frying, I cooked it on high in a turbo oven till skin turned crisp and meat golden. Wow, the oil that came out, was enough to fill a cup.
    Yummy, yummu, yummy. What else can I say?

  2. Pinoy Desserts

    September 25th, 2009 at 4:26 pm


    This stuff is like CRACK. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Now only if there was a decent Filipino restaurant in Orange County… guess I’ll have to make this myself.

  3. myrna

    December 15th, 2009 at 8:28 pm


    the recipe is not too complicated, I will try it soon and will keep you posted on the result. My extended family make judgement thank’s for the recipe. Happy Holidays to everyone

  4. porky

    February 25th, 2010 at 1:39 am


    Nice! tried it myself ….sarap

  5. tere

    March 13th, 2010 at 9:46 pm


    i tried it just now.. bravo for me.. LOL

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