1 pounds pork belly, cut into bite size pieces 4 pounds pork butt, cut into bite size pieces 5 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium onions, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 bunch cilantro (Chinese parsley) chopped 2 cans tomato sauce 1 tablespoon tomato paste Salt and pepper, to taste 1 can whole pitted olives, drain 3 to 4 Hawaiian chili peppers (optional) 1 large very green banana, peeled and grated very fine (plantain banana)
In a large pot, add the chopped pork belly and pork butt and simmer over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and keep stirring until all the natural juices comes out. Next add the chopped celery and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped Chinese parsley and stir in the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Add the whole pitted olives and simmer. Fold in the cooked banana dumplings to the stew and serve.
For the Banana Dumplings Achiote oil (made with achiote/anatto seed and Wesson oil- heat 1 part achiote/anatto seed to 2 parts oil) Mix finely grated banana with achiote oil (to taste) Scoop into little balls and drop into salted boiling water until the dumplings float. Once the dumplings float, remove from salted water and fold into the pastele stew.