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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Pork & Peas

Type of Cuisine: Filipino
Provided By: Federico Acoba Jr.
From: Kekaha

Since the early 70s, my grandpa, Fred Acoba, volunteered to cook for Kekaha youth sports programs like baseball and football since my father, Edmund Acoba, participated as a kid. Pork & Peas is a very special meal in our family. This dish signifies family, friends, and community. Plus, it is a gentle reminder that this meal is best enjoyed with loved ones.


3 lbspork shoulder or butt
1 cupshoyu
½ cupapple cider vinegar
3bay leaves
3 clovesgarlic
1 tsppepper
1yellow onion
2red bell peppers
3 oztomato paste
1 packagefrozen peas


  1. Cut pork into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl or Ziploc bag
  2. Cover the pork with shoyu and vinegar. Add in bay leaves, garlic and pepper
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes
  4. Pour pork and marinade in a wok or pot over medium heat
  5. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often
  6. Dice the red pepper and onion
  7. Add in tomato paste, peas, onion and red pepper
  8. Simmer while stirring often for 45 minutes to an hour

Recipe submitted by Beau Acoba, Grandson of Federico Acoba, Jr.