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Pochero with Spicy Eggplant Sauce

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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

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  1. Joy says:

    Hi, my mom use to call your pochero recipe, the Cocido.i became confused.sorry & thanks a lot!

  2. Josie says:

    Hi Connie,

    Can’t find chorizos de bilbao around here. Can you recommend a substitute, please?

  3. Josie says:

    Connie, ako na rin ang sasagot sa tanong ko. lol Kasi I was going through my old recipes looking for dishes I will serve at our Thanksgiving get-together this weekend and I found a paella recipe a friend shared with me a few years back. It also calls for chorizo de bilbao – or hot Italian sausage. I went grocery shopping with my hubby this morning and found the hot Italian sausage – pero it looked like our longganisa, which means it will crumble. So I told one of the grocery employees about my “problem” and she suggested to check the chorizos in the deli section. (I didn’t know they have them.) I picked up a package of hot Portuguese (ibang nationality naman) chorizos. I hope it works in the paella, so I can use the same in your seemingly yummy pochero recipe. Picture pa lang nakakatakam na. I’m becomng more resourceful because of your very interesting blog, Connie. Thanks.

  4. Josie says:

    The hot Portuguese chorizos were too hot for my liking, and my paella didn’t turn out the way I expected. It was soggy. Not all rice brands are alike. (Why didn’t I think about that earlier?). Anyway, things happen for a reason. My hubby tasted the chicken, shrimps and mussels from the liquidy paella and said they were delicious. And a new dish was born. I followed the paella recipe, minus the rice, and everybody said it was great.

  5. Connie says:

    wow, parang combo stew. :)

  6. Josie says:

    Chicken lang ang ginamit ko, Connie, para safe. Parang sarciado or afritada din ang appearance – but the spices made a little difference in taste. Bumalik yata ang hilig kong magluto because of your blog. You’re a good influence. Pati mga anak ko happy (more takeouts). Thanks.

  7. Connie says:

    Hooray for more home-cooked food, Josie! :)

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  9. Jean Marie says:

    Hi Miss Connie,
    Would it make a difference if i put in raw uncooked bananas, say in the latter part of cooking the dish, than the fried ones? Im just checking if it would make a difference. I am absolutely ecstatic to try out this recipe for my family. thanks so much for your blog!

  10. Connie says:

    There will be a difference in texture.

  11. Popcorn says:

    Hi Connie! I cooked na din this one….sarap talga with eggplant pa…..My husband and kids love it too….also my bestfriend and her husband….Yummmy!

  12. Popcorn says:

    Hi Connie! I cooked na din this one….sarap talga with eggplant pa…..My husband and kids love it too….also my bestfriend and her husband….Yummmy! I cooked this twice na ….Thank you talga for all your yummy recipes….

  13. Gigi says:

    can i use green beans not sitaw, coz i have a lot of green beans so it will not be rotten?

  14. Connie says:

    French string beans are similar to Baguio beans, not the foot-long local string beans. It’s in parenthesis as a suggested substitute for those abroad where Baguio beans may not be available.

  15. amy says:

    Hi Ms Connie,
    Would it make a difference if i use Chinese sausage instead of chorizo de bilbao?

  16. Connie says:

    Chinese sausage is sweet, Amy.

  17. fbhfdh says:

    we cook our pochero with pork and beans. mas masarap!siguro substitute sa garbansos.

  18. Doddie Householder says:


    In Cavite City, we add a little vinegar plus salt and pepper to the mashed eggplant. Of course, with a lot of minced garlic.

  19. Doddie Householder says:


    It is a regional variation. Specifically for families in Cavite City.

  20. Joy says:

    I don’t think I ever had this. It looks wonderful.

  21. Natz SM says:

    My grandmother use to make something very similar to this on very special occasion when all her grandchildren would be at there house for a special celebration. She says…”the dish has everything for everybody” which is true!

    She would included Whole Pork Pata, whole chicken, beef and chorizos with an assortment of veggies and root crops- potatoes, carrots, camote, baguio beans, native pechay, cabbage, saba and garbansos.

    The assorted meat would be cut up and put in one platter and the veggies in another, the soup being served in individual bowls- she would sometimes add sotonghan to the soup. I remember she called this COCIDO.

    Any leftover cocido the following day would be reheated and she would add a can or two of pork and beans thus thickening the sauce. She called this POCHERO.

    The pochero is then served with a side dish sort of “relish” or sawsawan made with grilled egplants which she would peel and dice and add vinigar, black pepper, diced onions and garlic. I personally didnt really care much for this relish because I already loved the pochero as is but the oldies insisted that pochero could only be complete if served with this relish sawsawan.

    • Natz SM says:

      Regarding the sawsawan relish: add just enough vinegar to moisten the eggplant slightly. It should still be very thick and chunky (if you just diced the grilled eggplant) and spreadable if you were to put it on toast or crackers.

  22. aleeh co says:

    hi ms. connie, looks delicious. last saturday, I tried your recipe of pancit made with dried flat noodles, pork and mushrooms for my mother-in-law’s bday. it was a hit! hope they have ham bones in Shopwise filinvest. thanks much!

    • Connie says:

      If you do chance upon ham bones, you can buy several pieces. Just wrap well and store in the freezer until needed.

      • aleeh co says:

        will do, thanks!

        you got a fan out there with my husband. he wants us to try your ice cream recipes. especially the one made with blueberries. now i really have to buy that cuisinart ice cream maker but i wonder if its good to buy thru amazon, they have 50% price cut for the same model…