Thursday, September 29, 2016

Adobo Recipe

Adobo is one of the most loved Filipino dish and each household takes pride of having the best adobo. It is from the Spanish word “adobar” which means marinade, sauce or seasoning. This dish includes your choice of meat (pork, chicken or combination of both) or seafood, marinated and simmered in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and other spices. We all have different recipes and techniques in cooking adobo. Some people like it dry and some people prefers it saucy. But however you want your adobo, I know you won’t get tired of having this dish on your table.
For many years, I’ve been trying to replicate my mom’s pork adobo. She cooks the best adobo! Even my college friends always ask me to bring some whenever we go out of town. It’s simply perfect. Whenever I ask my mom for the recipe, she just tells me just put a little bit of this and a little bit of that. No exact measurement and I just have to rely on my judgment, which is, more often than not, unreliable. Some of you might think I should just watch my mom do it. Well, that one would be a bit difficult because she's currently in the US. But she will be home soon and we get the chance, we'll cook adobo together.

With some helpful feedback from my dad and sister, I was finally able to come up with a recipe that’s close enough to my mom’s adobo. See my adobo recipe below.

½ kilo pork kasim, cut into cubes
2 cups of water
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp of whole peppercorns
½ cup of soy sauce
¼ cup of vinegar
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 Knorr pork cube (optional)
1 tbsp cooking oil

1. Wash pork cubes and place in a pot with water. Bring to a boil and skim scum from the surface.
2. Add garlic, peppercorns, soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce and pork cube. Cover and keep boiling for 30 minutes on medium heat.
Adbo Recipe - keep the water boiling
Adbo Recipe - until the water reduces
3. Remove cover and continue to boil until the water evaporates or once you have a thick sauce. This can go on for another 30 minutes or so. Make sure to keep an eye on your pot, we don’t want to burn the remaining sauce.
Adbo Recipe - remove from pan
4. Drain pork and set sauce aside.
Adbo Recipe - set sauce aside and fry the pork

5. On the same pot, heat oil and fry and brown pork evenly on all sides or just fry it until you’re happy with the color and texture.
6. Combine fried pork and sauce in a serving dish. Enjoy!

This adobo recipe is very simple and can be prepared and served in a little over an hour. I hope you get to try this and let me know how it turns out!

You’re also welcome to submit your comments, suggestions and feedback. Happy cooking!
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