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Filipino Humba

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


Filipino Humba! Super juicy, delicious pork belly fried up and tossed with a sweet and salty sauce. One of my absolute favorites!


  • 2 lb. bone-in pork belly (the cut of pork should be part lean meat, part fat; it can also be boneless)
  • 12 cups oil for frying
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (more to taste)
  • ¼ cup pineapple tidbits
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup green onions


  1. Separate the fat from the lean meat by cutting the pork belly into medium-sized pieces (about 2 inch by 1 inch). Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium low heat and cook the pieces of pork until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oil and drain in a bowl lined with paper towels.
  2. Transfer the pork to a large pot and add all the remaining ingredients except the green onions. Mix well and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally. After 30 minutes, add the green onions and stir to mix them into the pot.
  3. Cover again and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, or until the pork is very tender.


I do not recommend using any other kind of meat besides pork belly. I have tried this with several cuts of pork and they are never as good as the pork belly because they dry out much faster.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: filipino humba, humba recipe, fried pork belly