Paksiw is very popular in the Philippines and could easily be used to cook other meats such as fish, poultry and beef. Paksiw is cooking something with vinegar and sugar and also used as means to cook the left-overs of letchon and roast chicken or beef.


  • 1 kg pork rib & belly
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 to 4 large red onions, sliced
  • 4 tbsps. brown sugar
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • freshly crushed peppercorns
  • salt to taste


  1. Separate ribs. In a saucepan, mix together meat, water, vinegar and soysauce. Leave to boil until liquid had lessened to half or meat is tender.
  2. Add the garlic, onions, bay leaves and sugar. Continue to cook over medium-to-high heat. Do taste the sauce and adjust to your liking by adding more of vinegar or soy sauce or water or sugar. stir often to prevent from sticking.
  3. Cook until sauce is very thick or almost dry.
  4. Serve with rice.

Makes 4 to6 servings.