Pork asado recipe (Asadong baboy) with star anise & five spice

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 26, 2022

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If you love Filipino food, then you’ll love this dish, which came from our Chinese friends!

Back in the day when Filipinos and merchants traded goods, people from China brought them a tasty dish that no one can resist. They gave Filipinos the pork asado recipe, which is a sweet and salty combination.

To date, so many Filipinos love it and even tourists who visit the country try this one-of-a-kind sweet and salty dish. But how did Filipinos come to know this dish and what is its history?

Pork asado recipe

Pork Asado Recipe (Asadong Baboy)

Pork Asado Recipe (Asadong Baboy)

Pork asado recipe (Asadong baboy)

Joost Nusselder
In the Philippines, there are 2 types of asado dishes. One is the asado that came from Spaniards, which means “grilled”. This is also the version of the asado that came from Chinese settlers in the country.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 people
Calories 974 kcal


  • 1 kilo pork belly, shoulder, or loin
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • 1 pc star anise
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes (optional)


  • Combine the soy sauce, five spice powder, garlic, and salt. Then mix well.
  • Marinate the pork in the combined mixture for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat a cooking pot then put in the pork along with the marinade and water. Then let it boil.
  • Add bay leaf and star anise.
  • Add brown sugar and stir to distribute evenly.
  • Simmer for about 40 minutes, flipping the meat after 20 minutes or so to tenderize the other side.
  • If the sauce dries and pork isn't done yet, add more water. Boil over low fire until sauce thickens.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the meat from the cooking pot.
  • Allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes, then slice.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and top with the thick sauce.
  • Serve with hot rice.


Calories: 974kcal
Keyword Asado, Asadong, Pork
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Types of pork asado recipes

The Chinese name for asado is char siu; the Filipino name is asadong baboy. The Filipino version of the pork asado recipe isn’t grilled, but instead, is braised.

There are even 2 ways to prepare asado here: one is the Asado buns and one is this recipe.

The way to cook this is to braise the meat in soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onions, brown sugar, and Chinese spices like star anise and five spice.

The spices give the asado dish the unique flavor it has. This dish is also similar to humba, hamonado, and pata tim. The difference between this dish and humba is the ingredients.

In humba, aside from pork, the cook must also use pineapple juice, vinegar, banana blossoms, and whole peppercorns.

On the other hand, pata tim makes use of pork knuckles instead of meat variants of pork. Some cooks also use mushrooms and bok choy for this dish.

Filipino Pork Asado Recipe

This pork dish uses a thick slab of meat which, much like lechon kawali, will only be cut after cooking.

The meat needs to be well marinated in the soy sauce mixture before cooking. This ensures that the taste is rich and the meat is flavorful and tender.

After cooking and while serving, you’ll realize that besides being a Pinoy dish, asadong baboy still tastes oriental. After all, it’s a dish influenced by the Chinese!

It’s also a delicate dish because you’ll have to slice the slab after cooking.

You’ll also need to thicken the sauce so you can top it on the meat. It’ll take about an hour or so before you can prepare it.

It’s also popular in restaurants; not only in Chinese restaurants, but in Pinoy ones as well.

But the best way to eat it is at home when you’re with family because you’re forming a close and irreplaceable bond with them!

ASadong Baboy Recipe

This dish is both satisfying and filling. It’ll also have you running for seconds and thirds.

Don’t be intimidated to try asadong baboy. It’s easy, despite the time it’ll consume to cook it!

It’s a must-try dish and a dish that even kids will love because of its sweetness. So don’t forget to include this pork asado recipe on your menu today!

Also check out this Filipino lechon pork belly recipe

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