In the recent weeks, the price of pork in the market has soared through the roof— reaching up to P400 per kilo. This can be attributed to the African Swine Fever (ASF) that is still around which is discouraging producers and bringing down their confidence.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) also said that it is unlikely that the pork production in the Philippines will be revived this year due to ASF. “Commercial operations have yet to regain confidence that they can safely produce and be permitted to market their pork products throughout the country,” they said.
The USDA’s projection for the country’s pork production for this year will be at 1 million metric tons, which they earlier said was at 1.35 million metric tons. This projection is 21% lower than the 2020 projection which was at 1.275 MT. With the lesser supply and the same demand, prices will naturally go up like now. (Read: ICYMI: Jollibee, KFC, Krispy Kreme Just Updated Their Menu!)
That’s why My Pope is listing some recipes— which usually makes use of pork— that you can tweak and use less expensive ingredients.
Alternative to Pork Recipes: Chicken Adobo
Ask anybody, Filipino or foreigner, what adobo is and they will most likely answer that it’s pork in a sauce made of soy sauce and vinegar. And that’s because it is the most common version of the Filipino favorite. But with the prices of pork doubled or tripled at this time, why not cook more of chicken adobo instead? It would be usually combined with pork to make chicken pork adobo (CPA), but why not try just using chicken alone!
Click here for a recipe.
Alternative to Pork Recipes: Sinigang na Tilapia
Looking to have a cup of hot sour soup? Why not cook sinigang for lunch? And to avoid spending too much on ingredients, try substituting pork with something less expensive, just as delicious, and healthier! Go for something like tilapia, which is just a third of the price of pork. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
Find a recipe for sinigang na tilapia here.
Alternative to Pork Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken
While it might sound odd and unusual, sweet and sour chicken is a thing— and it’s delicious! It gives you the same ‘sakit sa panga’ sourness and the fruity sweetness thanks to pineapples. Plus, it’s healthier given that chicken is white meat! Try it out now and see for yourself.
Follow the recipe here.