Humba Recipe (Braised Pork Belly with Sugar)

filipino humba

I love Humba Recipe. This Filipino recipe is a popular filipino dish in the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines, of course that’s based on my knowledge because I used to lived from these two areas. In Luzon region, I know they have a humba version too but don’t know how they call them.

Humba is one of the Filipino dishes I prepared during our recent get-together with our friends here in our town. Everyone loved it and even one of them was so excited upon seeing the dish on the table because he missed it a lot. Some were even surprised when they noticed some potatoes and hard-boiled eggs together with the dish which I got this idea by my mom’s friend, who was a kusinera. She even cook the humba in Chinese style which has a distinctive flavor, now I can’t wait to find out how she made it. If I’ll be able to find that version, I’ll be posting it here, the Chinese style version of humba.


Ingredients :

  • 1 lb. pork (i usually used pork belly or pork hocks), cut into serving pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper or 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and quartered (optional)
  • hard-boiled eggs (optional)
(Cooking Measurements )

Cooking Procedures :

  1. Combine all ingredients in a big pot and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for about an hour or until pork belly or hocks is tender.  You may wish to adjust the taste according to your style and liking.
  2. If you want to add some potatoes and hard-boiled eggs in this dish, potatoes usually cook about 15 minutes.  It’s up to you whether you like it very soft or just tender to bite.  You may add it halfway of the cooking time or later.  As for the eggs let it sits for a few minutes before its done to let the sauces covered into it.
  3. Remove bay leaf and peppercorns (if used) just before serving.  Serve hot.


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43 Responses to “Humba Recipe (Braised Pork Belly with Sugar)”

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  1. Linda M says:

    I love your recipes so simple but very tasty. Your site practically have all the recipes I like.

  2. Jtdco says:

    In Davao, what’s crucial to the Humba is saba banana, banana buds (those dried yellow strings) and black beans.

  3. Tess A. llamas says:

    Hi , i am a retired nurse in the Philippines, … I discovered ur site sometime last year… I started experimenting the dishes… Till i was able to start a packed meals business.. Thanks a lot for the easy and tasteful recipes , i hope i can find ways to save them in my tab so i dont have to run down the web site everytime i have to make my meal plan thank you hope to hear from you….

  4. Aimee de Manuel says:

    I am so happy to find your recipes! My husband was born in the Philippines and came to the United States when he was 9 years old. His family moved back before we were married so I don’t have anyone to teach me the how to cook the things he loves to eat. I am so grateful to you for all the wonderful dishes I have been able to cook for him. God bless you!

  5. romy talisaysay says:

    Humba is visayas & Mindanao favourite food. during fiestas this is usually serve
    and a sought after ulam. There is a Chinese version but look like the same but
    is usually serve with fried bread. The idea is you sandwich it. Same with baon in the office,
    if you have excess the night before, it pretty blends well with bread as snacks.

  6. denden says:

    wow nakakagutom naman. i love it. super like ko yang ulam na yan pero dko alam lutuin ilang beses na ko nagtry. hehehe.

  7. Renante says:

    They say that recipes having vinegar taste much better when served overnight, tried it and it’s true

  8. aika fernandez says:

    masubkan nga sa bahay mka kacng msarap

  9. cyrille john says:

    Gonna try this tomorrow here in our house… I hope my family will like it 🙂

  10. Cecilia says:

    In pampanga we call it estopadong pata, but no hard boiled eggs and potatoes. Just a sweet version of sweeten adobo.

  11. heide says:

    im from Tanjay, Negros Oriental (midst of Dumaguete City and Bais City)…and my ex mom in law has a native restaurant and when cooking humba she always instruct the kusinera (eatery cook) to use Coke (soda) instead of water…and use Molasses instead of brown sugar and to add 5 tablespoon of ketchup in it and cook it in a low fire. I love the taste. Im living in the states now (Charlotte) and i crave humba the way my mom in law cooked it especially during Fiesta Celebration.

  12. grace says:

    says: i’ll try this one..looks delicious.. hope i cud cook it correctly..thanks for posting this recipe..

  13. JOMARI says:


  14. yolalyakatarungan says:

    I always wanted to have a copy of the recipe humba.I often wonder how it taste,know i know and many thanks to you.

  15. Rachel says:

    I remember my dad using dried lily flowers and salted black beans in his humba. Is this Cebuano style?

    • Sel says:

      Yep, I this is a Cebuano Style.

      Hope you like it! Thanks for visiting.

      • earl says:

        in addition to CEBUANO style of cooking HUMBA, my grandfather will also add a fried banana (sab-a cooking banana) which he will add to the last minute of the cooking time.

    • carroline says:

      dear Rachel,
      thats sound good to me, I love humba Even though I’m here at the state theres no filipino knows how to cook our food seldome. as what I remembered theres no potatoes or eggs always salted black beans. but im glad and I search. I love to cook and I love to learn if you have any Idea and i really appreciated. May GOD BLESS YOU!

  16. msdcruz says:

    Tried this Humba and my son said it was delicious! Thans for sharing!

  17. reymark says:

    tnx 4 the recipe sa tingin pa lang masarap na talaga

  18. Steve says:

    ang humba po ay galing sa salitang “hung ba” ng mga chinese, ang orihinal chinese style po ay yung may “star anise” yun po ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakaroon ng chinese smell ang putahe na yan, sa family po namin hindi kumpleto ang hung ba kung walang star anise at hard boiled egg, meron pong mas simple na version ng hung ba share ko lng po,

    ingredients po: pork, garlic, star anise, soy sauce, water, any cooking oil, brown sugar at hard boiled egg,

    steps po: initin ang oil sa mahinang apoy, tapos ilagay ang garlic pero wag hayaang mag brown, then ilagay ang pork, tuloy-tuloy ang pag halo gamit ang sandok hanggang mag half-cooked, ilagay ang brown sugar, water at soy sauce haluin make sure natunaw ang sugar para di tumigas sa ilalim at ilagay ang star anise at hard boiled egg, takpan hanggang maluto ang pork, wag kalimutang haluin every 4 to 5 minutes, sa whole process maintain lang ang mahinang apoy at mas maganda kung ilalagay ng maaga ang hard boiled egg para maging brown mas maganda tingnan, try nyo po konti lang ingredients ng version ko,

    hse hse

    • Chaz says:

      tnx sa simple recipe… mas madali to gawin

  19. LAS says:

    We call it ‘adobo’ in Luzon… the only difference is the use of sugar… oh but i love humba! i got used to having it when I worked for bosses who all hail from Cebu… now, thanks to your site, I would be able to cook it myself as well (or at least try!) thank you!

  20. ODOY says:

    The ingredients are very similar to adobo, except for the brown sugar, potatoes, and hard boiled eggs. I omitted the salt because of the soy sauce. I am proud to introduce our Filipino dishes to my American friends. Thank you at masarap !!

  21. Haizel says:

    we call it just the same in luzon “humba” but we do put tahore on it. tahore is tofu marinated in soya sauce, we use to buy them ready from the market. i just thought of sharing this, as humba is one of my fav dishes my mom cooks for us

  22. arlene says:

    This recipe is quite interesting! I can’t wait to try this at home. I think it’s very easy to do and I’m pretty sure that kids will love this because it’s kinda sweet..

  23. mae ann says:

    thank for sharing this receipe i want learning this humba taste.,im engagement my fiancee from UK,

  24. choi says:

    hindi ko pa man niluluto….masarap na ang dating!!!…

  25. ar-chel says:

    found this recipe online and tried to make it for my hubby…hmmmmsharap xa! thanks…

  26. carol says:

    tnx for this site i really love this foods and i will try to cook some of foods my husband loves it and my parents in law as well…

  27. baby mindoro says:

    We are very excited to cook Humba for the whole family, my wife is filipina from Mindoro so she is learning to cook dishes fromall over thanks to your web-site. We will try other dishes and i am happy to say i love all her cookin g and Filipino cooking makes me sooo malibog!!

  28. Twinkle says:

    Thanks a lot. my husband loves it. I had cooked it a few times.

  29. liza says:

    Thank you i will try this tonight and i’m sure my kids and my husband will like this. . .

    wish for another yummy recipes . .

  30. lina says:

    thx…im already merried.i love to cook this recipe.thx

  31. grayze says:

    thanks, now ive got this recipe, i love to eat humba but i dont know how to cook…, im excited to prepare a meal for my husband,, i will cook my favorite dish,,,

  32. jojo says:

    i’m 13 yrs old n’ im cooking humba!!!! it’s easy n’ yummy! hell yeah!

  33. cliff says:

    i really don’t know how to cook but because sooner or later when i become married i want to be the one who’ll cook for my family.Now i have another dish that i learned to cook.thanks bro!

  34. Vitsky says:

    Gusto ko ang HUMBA nga may violet ubi on the top.

  35. ivy says:

    humba ako gikaon

  36. rose says:

    i used to cook humba a kapampangan version.

  37. Nylarej says:

    Hi I am a Filipino and been eating this humba recipe. Stumbled upon your website because it’s about time for me to cook for my husband now that I am married. I will be patronizing your site because I promised myself to make a dish weekly for the family.

    Thanks for sharing this…

  38. Basti says:

    Thank you for this!
    Though its not the original taste that I was looking for but it is at it is, HUMBA.

  39. Katie says:

    Delicious dish! My family would so enjoy this humba dish, thanks for sharing it!

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