Hamon Bulakenya ni Rheeza Recipe

Ka-Kitchenomics Rheeza Hernandez shares a special family recipe she’s inherited.

Preparation Time

15 min.

Cooking Time

1 hr.

Serving Size



  • Main Dish
  • Pork
  • Del Monte Pineapple


  • 1 kg pork, liempo
  • 2 Tbsp salt, rock
  • 4 Tbsp sugar, white
  • 1/2 tsp prague powder
  • 1 can DEL MONTE 100% Pineapple Juice with Vitamins A, C & E (240ml)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, brown
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 pcs star anise
  • 2 Tbsp sugar, white


1. Using a fork, prick the liempo all around to ensure the salt and sugar will be able to penetrate the meat. Set aside.

2. Mix the rock salt, sugar, and prague powder in a bowl. Rub and cover the meat with the mixture. Place in a covered container and refrigerate for 3 days.

3. After 3 days, remove the liempo from the mixture and wash the meat very well to remove the excess salt.

4. In a pot, mix DEL MONTE 100% Pineapple Juice with ACE, brown sugar, beer, and star anise. Add the drained liempo. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender.

5. Once tender, remove the liempo from the sauce and place it on a tray. Sprinkle the top with sugar, then, using a hot iron or sianse/turner, pat the meat to allow the sugar to caramelize.

Chef`s Tip

If you do not have a hot iron, broil the liempo in a broiler or oven until the sugar caramelizes.

Cooking Skills Needed

  • Boiling
  • Mixing
  • Simmering

Cooking Tools Needed

  • Chopping Board
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Pot