I am currently far away from home and I miss the familar surroundings specially the kitchen. When mom called, she began sharing a recipe that I should try. I did and would like to share it with you. It is almost similar to Afritada/Mechado in my opinion and was easy to prepare. I will just call this Pork in Tomato, Potato and Carrots.
1/4 - 1/3 kilo pork, sliced into 1/4th-inch cubes (lomo or kasim)
2- 2 1/2 tbsps minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onions
5-6 pieces Roma tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped
3-4 tbps soy sauce
ground black pepper
1 cup peeled and chopped potatoes
1/3 cup peeled and sliced carrots
1/8 cup sliced leeks
1 tbsp. sugar
Marinate the pork in 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and ground pepper according to taste for 4 hours. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes in a hot pan with about 1 tbsp of oil. Saute until the tomatoes are tender. Add the marinated pork, reserving the marinade sauce. Saute well until all sides of the pork are brown and no longer pink. Add the remaining marinade and enough water to cook the meat until fork tender. Add the potatoes and carrots and adjust the taste by using the remaining 1 tbsp soy sauce, ground pepper and sugar. Once the meat and vegetables are tender but not soggy, add in the sliced leeks. Serves 3-4.
The leeks may be substituted with 1/3 cup sliced bell peppers. If a more rich tomato taste is desired, tomato paste may be added.