Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is the crispy pork belly cooked with aromatics till soft, then deep-fried to golden perfection.
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The Story

It's the ideal pork dish, crunchy on the outside and very moist on the inside!

Ingredients

4 pounds whole pork belly
1 head garlic, pounded
1 head garlic, pounded
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Water
Canola oil
8 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

2 Hrs 0 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins

Directions


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Step

Combine pork belly, garlic, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and enough water to cover in a deep pot over medium .

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Step

Bring to a boil, scraping off any scum that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender but not falling apart.

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Drain the pork and discard the liquid. Remove any stray aromatics with a dry cloth.

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Step

Allow cooling completely before patting dry with paper towels. Using the tines of a fork, score the skin.

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Brush the skin with vinegar.

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Season the pork with salt all over and a thin layer of salt on the skin.

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Place on a wire rack in the refrigerator overnight to chill and dry fully. Remove the salt from the refrigerator and scrape it off.

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Step

Heat enough oil to thoroughly cover the meat in a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan to around 350 F to 375 F.

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Step

Carefully add the meat to the hot oil and cook until golden brown and the skin is crisp and puffed, rotating as needed.

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Step

Remove the meat from the saucepan and place it on a wire rack over a baking sheet to drain. Allow for 5 minutes of resting time before cutting into serving pieces. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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