Adobo is pork stewed in soy sauce, vinegar, and pepper. It is one of the oldest traditional recipes and claimed to be the national food of the Philippines. It can also be made with chicken, pork, seafood, or simply with vegetables. It is an easy recipe to make and can stand for a couple of days. This all time favorite is perfect for picnics, lunches, or festive occasions.
History of Adobo
Adobo is a common process used when cooking in the Philippines. This process is different from the Spanish adobo, as their origins are significantly different. They do, nevertheless, share the same name. In the 16 century, when the Spanish invaded the Philippines, they encountered a style of cooking that involved stewing various foods using vinegar. The Spanish coined this the process “adobo” because it was so similar to their “adobo.” Filipino adobo, however, is an unmistakably different way of food preparation. There are several other variations of Filipino adobo where soy sauce is used. Some example are Adobong Baboy where pork is used and Adobong Manok where chicken is used. There is also Adobong Pusit, which is a squid dish. Here, the ink of the squid is used as the broth. It is combined with vinegar.
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- 1/2 kg pork cut into cubes
- 2 bay leaves (laurel)
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup water (optional)
- 3 to 4 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tsp. whole pepper corn
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 – 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 medium can of pineapple chunks (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Servings: 4
- Time: 50 minutes
- Level: Easy
- Cuisine: Filipino
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- Heat cooking oil in a pan. Add pork and sear until the outer part turns light brown.
- Add in onions and garlic. Saute until soft and fragrant.
- Pour in water, soy sauce, vinegar, whole pepper corn, and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes or until pork is tender.
- When pork is tender add the pineapple chunks, Stir and simmer for a few minutes until pineapple is tender. Turn off heat.
- Serve with rice and enjoy.