The popular name for this Filipino-Chinese dish is halo, literally mixed, because the diced pork face is mixed with other pork intestines, tongue and stomach. This sweet spicy pork cheeks recipe is a variation of halo.

Chinese-style Sweet Spicy Pork Cheeks

This is an updated recipe. The original was published in June 8, 2004.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 500 grams pork cheeks boiled in salted water until tender; cooled
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • sliced scallions to garnish


Brown the pork cheeks

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Cut the pork cheeks into strips about half an inch wide.
  • Line a baking tray with foil, lightly spray the foil with oil then spread the pork cheek slices on the oiled foil. 
  • Cook the sliced pork cheeks in the oven for about 20 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Prep the vegetables

  • While the pork cheek slices are in the oven, prepare the vegetables. Deseed and cut the bell pepper into thin strips. 
  • Peel and thinly slice the onion.
  • Peel and grate the ginger.
  • Peel and mince the garlic.
  • Peel and julienne the carrot.

Stir fry the pork and vegetables

  • Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan. 
  • Stir fry the bell pepper, carrot and onion for half a minute.
  • Add the ginger and garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and continue cooking for another half a minute.
  • Add the pork to the vegetables.
  • Pour in the sweet chili sauce and oyster sauce.
  • Cook, stirring, until the sauce is bubbly.
  • Off the heat, stir in the sesame seed oil.
  • Sprinkle the sweet spicy pork cheeks with sliced scallions before serving.