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Philippine asado

Philippine asado
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Pork asado from Pampanga
CourseMain course
Place of originPhilippines
Associated national cuisineFilipino cuisine
Serving temperatureHot
VariationsAsado de carajay;
pork asado
Similar dishesHumba, pata tim, adobo, hamonado

Philippine asado refers to two different Filipino braised meat dishes. The name originates from Spanish asado ("grilled"), a reference to the original dish it was applied to, the Chinese-Filipino version of char siu barbecues usually known as pork asado. However, the Filipino versions have evolved to be braised, not grilled. The other Filipino dish also known as asado is asado de carajay. Unlike the Chinese-derived version, it is savory rather than sweet.[1][2]


Asado de carajay

Asado de carajay is a native asado. The name is derived from Philippine Spanish carajay ("wok" , kawali or kalaha in Philippine languages). Asado de carajay is made with meat (pork, beef, or chicken) braised in soy sauce, bay leaves, peppercorns, calamansi, onions, and various vegetables (usually tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, and carrots). It is traditionally cooked in a wok, hence the name.[2][3][4]

Asado de carajay is differentiated from the "Chinese-style" pork asado in the use of vegetables, the absence of Chinese spices, and its savory flavor. It is also not restricted to pork, but can be cooked with beef or chicken.[5][6][7][8]

Pork asado

Pork asado buns

Pork asado, also known as "Chinese" asado or "Chinese-style" asado, is the variant most commonly associated with the name asado. It is derived from the Chinese dish char siu, and possibly also influenced by the Hokkien dish tau yew bak. Unlike char siu however, the dish is always braised, not grilled or roasted. The dish is made with pork braised in soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, brown sugar, and various Chinese spices (usually star anise and five spice). It is very similar to humba and pata tim, which also originate from Chinese-Filipino migrants. It also resembles hamonado, because of its sweetness, though hamonado uses pineapples and is a native dish.[9][10][11][12][13]

Pork asado is usually sliced thinly and served with the braising liquid.[10] Pork asado is also commonly shredded and used as fillings for sandwiches and buns. It is also the primary filling of the Filipino siopao, which is also known as siopao asado.[14]

A variant of pork asado is the "Macau-style" pork asado. It uses the same ingredients but differs primarily in that the meat isn't broiled beforehand, but rather it is boiled directly in the marinade until tender.[12][15][16][17]

See also


  1. ^ "Pork Asado". Ang Sarap. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Alvarez, Lhas. "Kapampangan Chicken Asado Recipe". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Filipino Asado Pork Recipe: Pork Stewed with Tomatoes, Soy Sauce and Lime Juice". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Chicken Asado". the heart of food. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Lola Virginia's Asadong Manok de Carajay". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Beef Asado de Carajay". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Asado de Carajay". straight forward recipes. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  8. ^ "How to Cook Asado de Carajay : Pork Stew in Tomatoes and Vegetables". Asian in America. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  9. ^ Boi, Lee Geok (2014). Asian Soups, Stews and Curries. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. ISBN 9789814634687.
  10. ^ a b Veneracion, Connie. "Pork asado". Casa Veneracion. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  11. ^ Angeles, Mira. "Chinese-Style Pork Asado Recipe". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b Marquis, Margarita. La Cuisine des Philippines. Editions Publibook. p. 17. ISBN 9782748386448.
  13. ^ "Filipino Pork Asado". Serve With Rice. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Siopao Asado". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Macau Style Pork Asado". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Pork Spareribs Macao-style Asado". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Pork Asado (Macao Style)". Philippine Cuisine List of recipes from Filipino Cuisine. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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