Pork Kilawin – Panlasang Pinoy

It’s no secret that vinegar can make for a magical addition to most recipes including meat. That sharpness in flavor is something we can count on from this essential component. Of course, us Filipinos have learned to take advantage of this. And we can see that clearly in the simply delicious Pork Kilawin dish! What…


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It’s no secret that vinegar can make for a magical addition to most recipes including meat. That sharpness in flavor is something we can count on from this essential component. Of course, us Filipinos have learned to take advantage of this. And we can see that clearly in the simply delicious Pork Kilawin dish!

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What is Pork Kilawin?

Sour and salty flavors make a fine match in this recipe. And if you like your food both rich and refreshing, this would align with your taste perfectly! Pork Kilawin is a grilled meat dish that also contains slices of certain fruits and vegetables. Of course, its signature feature would probably be its vinegary taste that we balance out with some sugar, and a bit of spiciness.

The more common type of kilawin would probably be the one making use of seafood. But if you want something a bit more filling, or are just in the mood for something meaty, the pork rendition is definitely a must-try! You can have this at the start of your meal as kilawin makes for a fantastic appetizer.

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Pork Belly Marinade

But one of the things that would probably set this recipe apart from other kinds of kilawin is its marinade. With the help of components like banana ketchup, soy sauce, and onion powder, we get the juiciest, most flavorful pork belly! There’s also the sauce that ties everything together with a flavor both tart and slightly sweet. Keep scrolling to find out what you will need for your kilawin sauce and marinade!

Pork Kilawin Ingredients


I’ve already mentioned some of the things you will need to create your marinade. But we can detail out the measurements here to make sure that your pork does not end up too salty! Start by getting ½ cup of soy sauce, ¼ cup of banana ketchup, and 1 head of garlic.

You should also have just ½ of a lemon, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper.


Your dish will undoubtedly taste as exciting as kilawin should be with this yummy sauce! Just prepare ¾ cup of white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons of white sugar. We will need ¼ teaspoon of salt along with ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper too.

Other Ingredients

Finally, we will make use of 1 lb. of pork belly. Get ready to do some slicing as well. Slice up 2 cucumbers, 2 tomatoes, and 1 red onion. Then chop 3 chili peppers.

How to Make Pork Kilawin

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Marinating the pork

You must first gather your marinade ingredients, which would be the soy sauce, banana ketchup, garlic, lemon, onion powder, salt, and ground black pepper. Place all of these components in a bowl that would be big enough for the pork too. And then mix the marinade ingredients together. Once they are combined, you may put your pork belly inside as well. Making sure the pork is soaked in the liquid, let this marinate for a minimum of 3 hours.

Cooking your pork belly

Done marinating? It’s time to light your grill. Once this is hot, you may arrange the pork belly on the grill. Keep grilling the meat until it is cooked all the way through. It’s important to check if any part, including the interior, is left raw. But once you have made sure that the pork is entirely cooked, you may slice this up into serving pieces before setting this aside.

Making the sauce

Let’s grab our sauce ingredients. Put your white vinegar, soy sauce, white sugar, salt, and ground black pepper in one large mixing bowl. Combine these, and then you may add your grilled pork, cucumber, tomato, onion, and chili pepper. Let’s just toss everything together. 

How to Serve Pork Kilawin

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And now that our sauce and other ingredients are perfectly blended, we can have a taste of our sour Pork Kilawin! Just transfer the food to a serving container or plate. The beauty of kilawin is that you do not have to serve it hot. In fact, some even like having it cold. And so you may opt to toss this in the refrigerator for a bit before eating it. 

But if you are fine with chowing down on Pork Kilawin while it is a bit hot, feel free to serve this as is!

How to Store Pork Kilawin

Want to have your Pork Kilawin in the next few days? That’s alright since we can just refrigerate this. Simply transfer the food to an airtight container. And then you may place the container in your fridge, extending the shelf life to about 3 days. 

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Got questions about this Pork Kilawin recipe? Hop right into the comments section below so I could answer them for you!

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Pork Kilawin

Grilled pork belly with cucumber and tomato in spicy vinegar sauce

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes


  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Add the pork belly. Marinate for at least 3 hours.

  • Grill the pork belly until fully cooked. Slice it into serving pieces. Set aside.

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the sliced pork, cucumber, tomato, onion, and chili pepper. Toss until well blended.

  • Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.

  • Share and enjoy!


Nutrition Information

Calories: 695kcal (35%) Carbohydrates: 20g (7%) Protein: 17g (34%) Fat: 61g (94%) Saturated Fat: 22g (110%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monounsaturated Fat: 28g Cholesterol: 82mg (27%) Sodium: 2406mg (100%) Potassium: 768mg (22%) Fiber: 3g (12%) Sugar: 11g (12%) Vitamin A: 721IU (14%) Vitamin C: 27mg (33%) Calcium: 70mg (7%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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