Upo Recipe with Pork

Create yourself some filling and delicious meal from upo or white squash with pork. This upo recipe is cheap to make, delicious, and super easy!

Upo Recipe with Pork
Stew Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Pork and Upo is a very hearty and warming soupy dish which is perfect for any day, however dishes like this are perfect on a rainy day.

You may have the tendency to want to spice up this dish with peppers, resist that temptation this dish is perfect with a small amount of seasoning and black and pepper work best.

Kitchen Utensils You Will Need

Here are the basic kitchen utensils you will need when making upo with pork recipe:

  • Pan
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Spoon (for removing seeds in upo/white squash)
  • Stove top


  • 1/2 kilo pork (diced)
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 1 upo (bottle gourd or white squash)
  • 1 head of garlic (about 10 small cloves or 7 large cloves)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 pieces of tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 teaspoon of oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste (For salt, start with 1/2 teaspoon and incrementally add if you want it to be saltier.)


  1. Prepare and Cut Upo

    • Peel the Upo, ensure you don't peel too much of the flesh, the Upo is very easy to peel.
    • Slice off the bottom and top of Upo. Then divide the Upo in half lengthwise.
    • Scoop out the seeds of the Upo, carefully not removing too much of the flesh. Note: Depending on you preference you can leave the seeds if they are tender.
    • Chop the Upo in small 1/2-inch cubes.

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  2. Prepare and Cut Onions

    • Wash the onion under cold water, then cut the onion in half.
    • Peel the onion by pulling off the outer layer(s) of each half.
    • Chop the onions into approximately 3/8-inch chunks. (Many techniques can be used, but cutting each half into 3/8-inch slices, then changing the direction of the onion by 90 degrees and cutting again is an efficient method of chopping the onion.

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  3. Prepare and Cut Garlic

    • Separate the garlic cloves and peel the loose outer layers
    • Smash one clove at a time with side of large chef's knife.
    • Remove outer layer for each smashed clove.
    • Finely chop the garlic

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  4. Prepare and cut pork and begin cooking

    • Cut raw pork on a cutting board into small 3/8 inch chucks and place in a bowl.
    • Ensure you wash knife and cutting board with hot soapy water to prevent cross-contamination with future uses. While your pork begins cooking.

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  5. Sauté your onion and garlic and brown and cook you pork

    • Preheat a large deep skillet or large pot to medium-high heat
    • Pour in oil and add garlic and onions, cook for 2-3 minutes to let the garlic and onion infuse into the oil
    • Add the pork to your pan and begin browning the meat.
    • Once pork is browned slightly add the oyster sauce and stir until the sauces, oil, garlic, onion are all combined well.

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  6. Simmering your pork, tomatoes and upo

    • Add your upo to the pan
    • Add water just covering your upo
    • Add tomatoes
    • Reduce heat to medium low and begin to simmer your pork and upo.
    • Cook for 15 to 30 minutes, you can check your upo for tenderness during the cooking process to determine the correct time.

    Upo Recipe with Pork
  7. Serving Suggestions Serve pork and upo with a side of white or brown rice.

    Upo Recipe with Pork