Mama Elena's Lechon Special
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Recipe courtesy of Elena's Restaurant

Lechon Special

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 45 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 2 servings



  1. Put the pork belly in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until it fork tender, 1 hour 30 minutes.
  2. Place the pork in a strainer and drain to remove all of the water, 30 minutes.
  3. Add the oil to a deep fryer or Dutch oven and heat to medium-high heat. Fry the pork until golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. (The thicker the slab of belly, the longer it will take to fry.) Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Chop the pork belly into 1-centimeter-square pieces. Toss the pork belly, onions, tomatoes, fish sauce and Hawaiian salt in a medium mixing bowl. Garnish with green onions.