Waknatoy is Marikina’s take on the classic Filipino menudo. This pork and sweet pickles stew is easy to make and can be doubled for a crowd or make-ahead meals. It’s hearty, tasty, and perfect for family dinners or special occasions!
Waknatoy or also called Marikina Menudo is a Filipino pork stew with sweet pickles. As the name suggests, it originated from Marikina and is pretty similar to the classic Filipino menudo but with pickles and sans potatoes and carrots.
The story has it, this pork stew was very popular in Marikina in the old days and was on the menu of almost all the restaurants and roadside eateries in the area. Chinese merchants, who frequented these said diners soon got tired of being served the same dish and would refuse it, “Ito na naman? Wag na to!” (Not this again!). Since most of the Chinese patrons were not fluent in Filipino, they pronounced “wag na ito” as “wak na toy.” So hence, the Marikeños named the pork stew dish “Waknatoy.”
Marikina menudo is a great make-ahead dish, and the recipe can be doubled or tripled to store for future meals. It keeps well for days and actually tastes better when reheated as the flavors meld and develop fully.
- Allow leftovers to cool completely and transfer them to an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- To reheat, place in a saucepan and warm over low heat to an internal temperature of 165 F or microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated through.