Filipino Kilawain Labanos Recipe

Kilawain refers to a dish whose main ingredient is raw. The root word “kilaw” comes from the word hilaw meaning “raw”. Labonos is Tagolog for radish. So this kilawain labanos is a dish made with raw meat and radish. Every island in the Philippines has their own version of this festival dish. In this version, we’ll use miso and pork belly. Serves 4 to 6.


  • 1 kilo labanos (radish, diakon works nicely) peeled and thinly sliced
  • 200 grams pork belly, cubed
  • ¼ cup miso
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2-3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons patis
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns, coarsely pounded
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon MSG
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large sauce pan, boil pork in ½ cup of water until tender. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, sauté garlic until brown. Then add onions and tomatoes. Stir until tomatoes wilt and add boiled pork and miso. Sauté for 2 minutes. Season with patis. Add in ¼ cup water, cover and boil for 2 minutes. Then add in your labanos, pepper and MSG. Cover. When labanos is half cooked add vinegar. Cover and boil for 3 minutes. Continue this way until labanos is cooked through. Serve hot.