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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Nilauja is a dish from Bohol Philippines made with pork bones sauteed with garlic, ginger and onions then simmered in soy sauce and vinegar with black beans.



Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 kg pork soft bones
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cane vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp fermented black beans
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 thumb sized ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp annatto powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped spring onions, to garnish
  • oil


  1. In a pot heat oil then sauté garlic, onion and ginger in medium heat.
  2. Bring heat to high then add pork then brown it on all sides.  Once pork is browned, add the annatto powder and mix it evenly.
  3. Pour soy sauce, vinegar and water, bring it to a boil, lower heat to medium low then simmer for 1 hour and 15 mins or until meat is soft and liquid has dried out.
  4. Add a bit of water, give it a mix to distribute the sauce then add the fermented black beans, simmer in low heat for 15 more minutes.
  5. Season with freshly ground black pepper, remove from heat, garnish with chopped spring onions then serve.