We’ve already had adobo featured once on Tasty Thursdays, thanks to ladyleemanila. Here’s the thing about this quintessential Filipino dish: the main characteristic is there–marinating in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic–but everyone has their own version of how else it gets cooked and what else is involved. In fact, Panlasang Pinoy (translated: Filipino Taste) has no less than 34 adobo recipes.
My grandma’s version was a dry flaky kind which was fun to snack on but too dry to eat without some other kind of broth. My version is how I learned to make it from my mom. It’s soupy, which makes it amazing to eat with rice.
Like I said, the essential things for adobo are soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. The way I cook it is incredibly easy: just throw everything into a pot, then leave it simmering for a while! The best part is, the longer you leave it on, the more tender it gets and the more flavor gets infused into the meat. Just don’t leave it too long that all the sauce evaporates. It’s the best part!
- 1 lb pork (a cut with a bit of fat or slight marbling is best)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 4 tbsp white vinegar or rice vinegar
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tsp whole peppercorn
- cooked rice
- Cut pork into 1-2 inch cubes. Place in a medium pot. Add garlic and soy sauce.
- Boil so the pork browns a little, then add enough water to cover the pork. Add bay leaves and peppercorns. Simmer for at least 45 minutes so pork marinates and becomes tender.
- Add vinegar. Simmer for at least another 15 minutes.
- Adjust to taste (add more water or vinegar if too salty, or more soy sauce if too sour). Serve over rice.
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