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tophergrace08's picture
adobo is also a common and very popular dish in the Philippines; indeed it is considered a national dish.
  Chicken/Pork 1 Kilogram, cut into pieces
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced
  Onion 1 Medium (sliced or chopped)
  Vinegar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Soy sauce 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (the dark the better)
  Black peppercorn 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Bay leaves 4

I. marinate chicken or pork using all other ingredients for at least 1 hour.
if you want to have this dish more tasty, marinate chicken
overnight in the refrigerator. bring out from the refrigerator
at least one hour before cooking.

II. put chicken or pork with marinade in a saucepan.
bring to boil. then let simmer for 35 minutes or
until chicken/pork is tender.

variations: for more gourmet taste, use balsamic vinegar (about
half cup), rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.

in some cases, you might want to bake the chicken (if only using chicken) for at least 30 minutes (375 F), or fry the chicken until brown, before putting it in the sauce pan with the rest of the marinade and boil for 15 mins.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
adobo is the spanish word for seasoning or marinade. typically made from pork or chicken or a combination of both, it is slowly cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns, and often browned in the oven or pan-fried afterwards to get the desirable crisped edges. this dish originates from the northern region of the Philippines. it is commonly packed for Filipino mountaineers and travelers. its relatively long shelf-life is due to one of its primary ingredients, vinegar, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and thus becomes a natural food preservative! in some parts of the Philippines, chicken is combined with pork to make Chicken-Pork Adobo. this variation is also quite popular in the Philippines. best served with a cold beer :D (just like how it is shown in the picture, preferably a bottle of San Miguel) or a glass of white wine.
chicken or pork in soy sauce vinegar marinate

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Good to know about this national dish of Philippines. It looks mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing this nice recipe and informative recipe history.
tophergrace08's picture
try it and i'm sure you'll love it! btw, i think it's the ONLY dish that most males in my country knows how to cook. thanks!
shantihhh's picture
I love adobo and yes it is truly the national dish of the Philippines. I make it using both pork and chicken together. I usually use skinless chicken thighs and pork loin. It is wonderful to eat with garlic fried rice, another fav in the Philippines and is often eaten at breakfast. Shanti/Mary-Anne
tophergrace08's picture
that's true mary-anne, it is best eaten with a garlic fried rice. i'm surprised to know that you know that! and thanks for the comment. ^_^
shantihhh's picture
Everyplace I travel I ferret out the best food! Then learn to cook it. My motto is the best way to learn of a culture is via the cuisine! Wadering local markets, listening, learning, sharing.............. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Anonymous's picture
Thanks for these recipes! I'll try this now..I've been to GenSan and had this and it was always wonderful hope I can make it as good as my hostess did :)...ok..close anyway...:)she is a great cook so I don't think I CaN top or even get it the same haha!
tophergrace08's picture
ur most welcome! ;) its fairly simple recipe.. i guess u could make it way much better than ur hostess... gud luck!
Yvonne's picture
Thank you for this recipe!If you were to modify it, how would you do it?
Anonymous's picture
I had a little Adobo Book that I gave to my mom (there's a hundred ways to cook it). The soy sauce and onion can be optional and it still tastes great. One of my favorite variations involved adding Del Monte chili ketchup (not the sweet one) near the end of the simmer. Or coconut milk. My mom sometimes adds hard-boiled quail eggs.
raffy's picture
yummy! love it with pineapple chunk.