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Pork Humba Recipe

Pork Humba is one of those dishes that you remember.  I tried Pork Humba from a small stand at a simple food court in the Southern Philippines.  It is a slightly sweet entree that is simple to make. This is a very traditional recipe for Pork Humba with a soy sauce base, flavored with star anise served with a side of rice stir-fried vegetables. Like many dishes, the way Pork Humba is prepared varies by region.  Have you had it prepared a different way?


  • 1 lb pork belly 
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 2 tbsp vinegar 
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper 
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 3 pieces star anise 
  • ½ cup water 
  • ¼ tsp salt 
  • ¼ tsp msg or vetsin


1. Marinate pork in soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, msg or vetsin, ground pepper and salt. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour, but up to a day is ok.

2. Add the marinated pork with marinade to a hot pan and stir while allowing it to brown.

3. Add the star anise and brown sugar.

4. Add water then cover the pan, allowing it to simmer on medium for 25 minutes (add water as needed)

5. Once the sauce has thickened and pork is tender, remove from stove top and serve over rice.