Pork Higadillo Recipe with a vinegar and soy simmer

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 2, 2020
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It is often said that Filipino cuisine is one of the tastiest in the world, and one would have to agree, what with the numerous tasty recipes that the cuisine has such as Mechado, Adobo, Tinola or even Chicken Inasal.

Filipinos always make it sure that everything is tasty and that it will make everyone will be coming back for more. One such tasty recipe is Pork Higadillo Recipe.

Pork Higadillo Recipe

The Spanish word for liver which is “higado” would tell us that this Higadillo recipe is a liver-based dish, which is true.

However, a variant of the original Spanish Higadillo uses chicken liver as the main ingredient. For our variant though, we use pork liver and pork.

As not all people like to eat liver, it is possible that the pork was added eventually so that the non-liver eaters can still eat the dish without leaving out everything.

Other ingredients include Lechon sauce and vinegar.

Potatoes and carrots, mainstays of Spanish-influenced Filipino dishes, can be used as extenders to the pork and pork liver. However, this can also be skipped.

Pork Higadillo Recipe Preparation Tip Summary

This Pork Higadillo recipe lends itself to many possibilities and is easy to prepare.

A sauteed and one-pot meal, you just add all of the ingredients gradually and you can choose to whether make it on the brothy side or more on the broth-less side.

As this recipe is similar to Igado, you can also add red bell peppers.

You can add more Lechon sauce and emphasize it on the dish by being generous with it; much like Lechong Kawali.

Pork Higadillo

Pork higadillo recipe

This Pork Higadillo recipe lends itself to many possibilities and is easy to prepare.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $8

Ingredients

  • ¼ kg pork meat
  • ¼ kg pork liver
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tsp sugar (or according to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs (if there is no breadcrumbs add another 1 tablespoon of flour)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp flour (dissolved in water)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sliced spring onion

Instructions

  • Saute the garlic and onion then add the pork meat and liver and simmer until the pinkish color is gone then add the soy sauce and vinegar and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the water and bring to a boil, once boiling lower the heat and simmer until the meat is tender, then add the carrot and potato, mix well, sprinkle with alt and pepper to taste and simmer until tender.
  • Stir in the dissolved flour and bread crumbs then simmer until the soup thickens, then add the spring onion and turn off the heat.
  • Best Serve with Rice

The point is that you can be very creative with this dish as long as you still have the main ingredients.

You complete this Higadillo recipe by serving it with warm rice and a small bowl of soup on the side. Salamat po.

Also read: Pork Asado Recipe (Asadong Baboy) with star anise & five-spices

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.