Pinoy Recipe: Crispy Lechon Kawali

Lechon kawali is a Filipino crispy deep-fried pork belly. Unlike the popular roasted lechon, the kawali version is easier and quicker to make.

Here’s an easy to follow recipe.


  • pork belly
  • onions
  • garlic (optional)
  • peppercorns
  • bay leaves (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  • In a large pot, put in pork belly and boil the water. Throw away the floating grime that comes from the meat.
  • Add onions, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Simmer until pork is tender.
  • Remove pork from the pot and pat it dry. Optional: you can season your pork belly with your favorite spices before deep-frying to add your personal flavor.
  • On a separate pan, heat oil and deep-fry the pork belly. (If you have a deep-fryer, set the temperature to 350 °F for about 15 minutes or until skin is already crispy.)
  • Serve and enjoy!