If you like Pinoy sweet meat dishes then have to try out Pochero. It is a classic tomato-based Filipino dish and a well-loved stew for all occasions. Pochero has lots of variations such as pork, chicken, or beef. In this dish the meat is cooked with tomato sauce together with mix vegetables. One of the factors that make this dish taste great is the banana (plantain) which provides a unique sweet flavor to the dish, a delightful comfort food that is of Spanish origin and adapted by Filipinos. The name comes from the Spanish word “puchero” which means “stewpot”.
1 lb meat cubed (chicken, beef, or pork optional)
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 – 2.5 tablespoons patis (fish-sauce)
1 tablespoon whole pepper corn
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
1 large plantain banana (ripe), chopped
1 medium sized potato, cubed (sweet potato optional)
1 small cabbage, quartered
1/4 lb long green beans
1 bunch bok choy (pechay)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and Pepper
Sugar to taste
1. Heat cooking oil in a cooking pot.
2. Sauté garlic, onions, and tomatoes
3. Add meat and cook until the color turns light brown.
4. Put-in fish sauce, whole pepper corn, and tomato sauce. Stir.
5. Add water and let boil. Simmer until meat is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).
6. Put-in sweet potato, plantain, and chick peas. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
7. Add cabbage and long green beans. Cook for 5 minutes.
8. Stir-in the bok choy. Cover the pot and turn off the heat.
9. Let the residual heat cook the bok choy (about 5 minutes).
10. Season with salt, pepper and sugar according to desired taste.
11. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice, eat the Filipino way and enjoy!