Carla Marie Condo Cooking: Basic Bisaya Humba

Just like Marie Kondo, this article series hopes to spark joy for all the condo dwellers with healthy, easy-to-make recipes using single cooking appliances. Call it a one-pot-spot for affordable, delicious food that anyone can whip up in 30 minutes or less.

I recently got an Instant Pot, which is probably the greatest gift to non-cooks everywhere. It’s a bit of an investment at around ₱6,995 for a 6L pot but you can prep meals for a whole week and save a lot on buying food from outside. Groceries are way cheaper than having food delivered. I still use my rice cooker for some dishes but the Instant Pot finally gave me a chance to make more “advanced level” dishes.

My first order of business was the Basic Bisaya Humba just like my lola used to make. I scanned some recipes online, checked out different Instant Pot instructions on YouTube, and decided to make my own. It’s super easy!


  • 1/4 kilo pork humba cut

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 3 tbs oil

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 2 tbsp peppercorns

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 3 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Plug your Instant Pot

  2. Press SAUTE and set to 20 mins. Add oil.

  3. When the oil start s to heat up add the 1/4 kilo pork with 4 cloves garlic

  4. When the pork starts to brown and the fat gets a little bit cooked, add the rest of the ingredients (soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves)

  5. Set to PRESSURE COOK for 20 mins.

  6. Once time is up Quick Release by switching from Sealing to Venting.

Be very careful with the Instant Pot and follow instructions on how to use it before attempting to cook anything.

Check out this video I made with my phone camera. So after Pressure Cooking, it was too sour and spicy cos I used the concentrated bit at the last part of the suka pinakurat bottle. Also, I forgot to add sugar. So, I sauteed it for another 10 mins with a cup of water and 2 tbsp of sugar and yay, My first Humba!! Don’t follow what I did, follow the instructions above, or make some tweaks. Someday the videos and recipes will be way better but for now, this will do. Click on the link and don’t forget to like and subscribe for more recipes!

Ciao! Bon Apetit! ✳︎

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