Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is a belly-filling fried pork dish that is both tender and crunchy. The secret behind its texture lies in the frying oil used. In this dish, your heart will race in anticipation when you hear that crackle and pop of a marinated belly slab, deep-fried in hot Golden Fiesta cooking oil.

  • Required cooking skill level

  • 6-10
    persons serving
  • 120
    minutes + Overnight Freezing preparation time


  1. 1 kilo Pork belly slab
  2. 10 cups Water
  3. 1 1/2 cups Datu Puti Patis
  4. 1 tsp Black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  5. 1 Small red onion, peeled and quartered
  6. 5 c Loves garlic, peeled and crushed
  7. 2 Bay leaves
  8. 1 1/2 liter Golden Fiesta Palm Oil, for deep frying


  1. 1/2 cup Mang Tomas All-Around Sarsa


  • 1 Place pork in a large pot. Add enough water to cover pork. Add Datu Puti Patis, peppercorns, onions, garlic and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 1/2 hours until tender.
  • 2 Strain meat and dry on rack. Wrap in foil. Place in freezer overnight.
  • 3 In a large pot, heat enough Golden Fiesta Palm Oil to cover pork. Once oil is hot, lower 1 frozen slab into oil. Deep fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove from heat and drain on a rack over paper towels.
  • 4 Chop lechon kawali into bite-sized pieces. Serve with Mang Tomas All-Around Sarsa.

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