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Heavenly Humba Pork

This flavorful and aromatic Humba Pork dish is a classic Filipino delicacy.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



1 kilogram pork liempo, cut into cubes
3 Tablespoons garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons onion, minced
3 Tablespoons annatto powder
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons vegetable/canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 whole star anise


In a small bowl, combine annatto powder, black pepper, garlic, and onion until mixture turns dark red.
In a cooking pot or deep pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add pork cubes and annatto powder mixture. Stir fry until pork is lightly browned and cooked through.
Add brown sugar, pineapple juice, soy sauce, bay leaves, and star anise. Stir to combine.
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until pork cubes are tender and the sauce is slightly thickened.
Garnish with scallions and serve hot with steamed rice.


For more flavor, use pork belly instead of liempo.
If desired, add 1/4-cup of banana catsup or liver spread for additional flavor.

  • Author: Ava-May Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 600 kcal
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 1200mg
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg

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