Lechon Kawali with Special Sauce Recipe

The preparation of delicious and crunchy lechon kawali is relatively simple, but it does require some time and attention. It is typically served with a dipping sauce such as vinegar or a combination of soy sauce and calamansi juice.

lechon kawali


  • 2 lbs. pork belly
  • 5 pcs. dried bay leaves (laurel)
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. whole peppercorns
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 3 cups cooking oil
  • 34 ounces water

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 medium-sized onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. vinegar (we used sukang Ilocos)
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce


  1. Pour the water into a big cooking pot & bring it to a boil.
  2. Put in the pork belly, onions, 1 tbsp salt, bay leaves & peppercorns. Simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove the meat from the pot and let it cool down.
  4. Spread 1 tbsp of salt on the meat, make sure to distribute it evenly in all sections.
  5. We should deep fry the meat. On a dry frying pan, place the cooking oil and heat it up.
  6. When the oil is hot enough, put in the meat & cook until the bottom part is brown. Flip the meat to cook the opposite part.
  7. Remove the meat from the pan, let it cool down a little then slice according to desired portions. Place in a plate with paper towels so the oil from meat will be absorbed.
  8. Serve with sauce and enjoy!

Making the sauce:

  1. Put in the water, onion, sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  2. Stir thoroughly until well blended.

Serve and enjoy your lechon kawali!

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