Mechado is one of the popular dishes that originated in Philippines, although it’s a Spanish word which means larded but the fact remained that it’s an original Filipino dish. Larded in Spanish cooking means oil from pork’s fat or pork fat per se or the other one is marinated with something, so there is a procedure in cooking mechado which makes it different from menudo and caldereta because these dishes are almost the same with each other. So here is how to cook it.
1/2 kilo pork ( marinate with 1/4 cup soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or calamnsi)
2 potatoes ( diced or cubed)
2 carrots ( diced or cubed)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 small size bell pepper (diced)
1 small onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pork’s fat
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a pan put the pork’s fat, cook it unlil golden brown, when its golden brown, by using the oil from the pork’s fat we can now saute the garli and the onion.
2. Saute garlic and onion, add the pork without the marinating sauce, saute for 2 minutes then cover and simmer for few minutes.
3. Add the soy sauce and tomato sauce, simmer for few minutes.
4. Add the carrots and the potatoes, simmer for another few minutes, check the taste then add salt and pepper if necessary.
5. Add the bell pepper and simmer for a minute then turn off the heat.
6. Serve it hot and with a smile