Saturday 26 February 2011


The word asado means "cooked in an open grill". In the Philippines though, it is a style of cooking which is very similar to adobo. It has the trinity of garlic, vinegar and soy sauce but has other things added to it, which varies from region to region and sometimes even from person to person. The most common additive is bay leaf and whole peppercorns. Some add tomatoes and some add potatoes. There is also a variant with Chinese spices such as cinnamon bark and five spice. 

Here's another version which was inspired by a Spanish dish of pork stewed in milk I saw on TV. I butterflied the pork joint, rolled it and cooked it in milk and asado seasonings. The resulting dish is tender, creamy, yet with the robust taste of the added herbs and seasonings. It goes equally well with rice or potatoes. Simple buttered vegetables are the perfect complement to this dish.


1 kg. of pork shoulder or butt
1/4 c. sherry
1/4 c. light soy sauce
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsps. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cloves, crushed
1 onion, chopped
few sprigs each of fresh oregano and thyme, or 1/2 tsp. each of dried
1 c. of evaporated milk
2 tbsps. butter
1/2 c. water


Butterfly the pork joint. Place it in an oven proof dish and add the rest of the ingredients except for the last three. Leave to marinade for at least half an hour. Pre-heat the oven to 350º F/ 180º C.  

Take the pork out of the marinade, Put some of the onion and seasoning bits on top of the sheet of pork and roll like a jelly roll. Tie with string. Sear the pork in butter until browned on all sides. Add the milk to the marinade and place the pork on top of it. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 1 1/2 hours or until tender (when tested with a fork, it should easily pierce the meat). When it's done, transfer the pork to a dish and let rest before slicing into 1 cm. thick rounds. 

Add the water to the cooking juices, puree and strain. Transfer to a pan and cook the mushrooms in the sauce. When done, serve with the sliced pork.

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  1. This sounds like an interesting recipe. The pork looks really tender and perfect. It sounds perfect for family dinner :)

  2. I like the creamy twist to this, Adora. Well done.

  3. This sounds fantastic! Love all the flavors in this dish and can only imagine how tender this meat turns out! Nicely done :o)

  4. What an interesting profile u've got & thks for dropping by Luxury Indulgence!

    I'm glad u like my recipe. I'm following u now & hope u'll do the same. Looking fwd to sharing!


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