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Tokwa't Baboy

Tokwa't baboy is considered as Filipino comfort food. Some would contend that it makes for a great partner to an alcoholic beverage but I am of the mind that it is best served with steaming hot rice.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: comfort food, pork, pulutan, tofu, tokwa
Author: Penny Tan


  • 1/2 kilo pork liempo
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 kilo firm tofu (also called tokwa)
  • coooking oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cane vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I prefer using light soy)
  • 4 tbsps. sugar
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 2 pieces long green chilis, sliced (siling pangsigang)


  • Rub the meat with salt and pepper and set aside for a few minutes.
  • Take a pot, place the seasoned meat in it, and pour in the water. Boil the meat to soften it. When you see brown stuff floating on top skim it off and throw it away. I keep a bowl handy just for this.
  • Once the water is reduced and the meat is softened remove the pot from the heat. Scoop out the meat and place it in a strainer to drain.
  • Place oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the tofu until golden brown. Do not overcook or the tofu will become too tough. Once cooked put the tofu on a paper towel to rest and drain.
  • Take out your chopping board and knife and cut up the meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Do the same for the tofu. When cutting the tofu, do not put too much pressure on the knife. Move the knife back and forth like a saw to cut through it gently. Both the meat and the tofu should be approximately the same size.
  • In another frying pan or wok combine the vinegar, light soy sauce, sugar, a dash of salt, and 1 cup of pork broth. This is the water used to boil the pork in. Simmer until the sugar is completely melted.
  • Add the onion, green chilis, and meat. Mix and simmer for a few minutes. Add the tofu, mix gently, then remove from heat. I would just turn off the stove.
  • Take a serving dish and scoop out the meat and tofu and arrange it. Pour the sauce on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!