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Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali is a deep fried pork belly that has been boiled beforehand and mixed with some aromatics like garlic, onions and peppercorn.  It is served with a dip consisting of sinamak  or spiced vinegar or gravy or commercially available lechon sauce such as Mang Tomas, a liver-based sauce.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Crispy Pork Belly,, Filipino Lechon Kawali Recipe, Lechon Kawali, Mom Food Blog
Servings: 6 people
Cost: $6


  • Cooking Pot
  • Frying Pan or Wok


  • 1 kilo Pork Belly Slab
  • 5 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 bulb Onion chopped
  • 5 pcs Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Whole Peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 4 cups Cooking Oil


  • Put in the pork slab in a cooking pot together with 1 tsp salt, onion, garlic, whole peppercorn and bay leaves.  Then add water enough to submerge the pork. Boil it for 30 minutes to 1 hour in slow-medium heat.
  • Remove meat from the pot and air dry for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Slice the pork slab into smaller pieces so that it is easier to manage when you deep-fry it.  Then rub salt all over the pork.
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan and deep fry the pork belly until golden brown.  Remove from heat, put it in a paper towel to remove excess oil. 
  • Slice the meat and serve with your preferred sauce or dip. Enjoy!


  1. Use rock salt or kosher salt when rubbing salt on the pork. Do not use iodized salt.
  2. Put splatter cover over the frying pan so you will not get burned with oil.