Humba Recipe is claimed that the name comes from the phrase “Humot nga BAboy”. Humot means “good smell” while baboy is the Filipino term for pig. Still, some would claim that it comes from the phrase “HUMok nga BAboy”.
Humok means “tender” which perfectly described the meat itself that is intentionally tendered to its best. Whatever the etymology is, Humba is something everyone should try.
This dish is basically a rather sweeter version of our typical Adobo. Humba tastes sweeter because of the sugar added to it.
In some provinces, they create their own twist to the dish. Some would add pineapple juice and slices to it, or some would put banana to blend in the natural sweetness of the pineapple.
Through this dish’s form of cooking, it tends to keep the meat last longer for several days without spoiling. It is also highly recommended to eat this dish when it has passed several days because it is said to taste better the longer it is stored.
When we were living in Singapore, we have many Bisaya friends and they thought me how to make this delicious dish. At first I thought, it's just another version of adobo but surprisingly there are other ingredients that I never thought I could include in this recipe.
First, I pan-fried the pork belly without any oil. I cooked it until golden brown and the fat is rendered. I removed the pork from the pan and set it aside. Next, I sautéd the onion and garlic then I added the peppercorn, bay leaves, soy sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice and brown sugar. I had to simmer it for 15-20 minutes until the meat is tender. Finally, I put the dried banana blossom and black beans, cook it for another 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Tips How to Cook Humba Recipe
- Use pork belly for this recipe, cook the meat first until the fat is rendered.
- You can use canned black beans but rinse it first to remove the saltiness.
- After adding the vinegar, do not stir it for about 1-2 minutes.
- You can use sprite or pineapple juice.
- 450 g pork belly
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 4.5 oz vinegar
- 4.5 oz soy sauce
- 4 pcs dried bay leaves
- 1 tsp pepper corn
- 8.32 oz sprite or pineapple juice
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup dried banana blossom
- ¼ cup black beans
- Heat a pan over medium heat, add the pork belly and let it cook until golden brown and fat is rendered. Remove from the pan and set aside
- In the same pan, sauté the onion and garlic until the onion becomes translucent. Put back the pork then add the vinegar and simmer for about 1-2 minutes (do not stir).
- Add the peppercorn, dried bay leaves, soy sauce, pineapple juice or sprite and brown sugar. Stir and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the pork is tender.
- Put the dried banana blossom and black beans, cook for another 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Serve immediately with hot rice!