Ask a Filipino to give you a dish from his country and I’m sure his first choice is Adobo. Adobo is a dish which uses soy sauce and vinegar as the base of its sauce. There are quite a few variations of this dish, up north there’s a soy sauce less dish. Down south some people uses pineapples, while others opt for sugar.
The best thing about adobo is that you can use different kinds of meat and poultry. You can use pork, chicken, a mix of both and even beef. There are some people who also cooks adobo using squid and others with just vegetables.
The only meat available at home was a pound of pork belly. I’m going out tonight and didn’t have too much time to prepare something grand. One thing about adobo is that it is very easy to prepare and you’d only need a few ingredients. I personally put a twist with my adobo, instead of using sugar or pineapple to add sweetness to my dish I used honey. I also added some paprika and garlic powder.
Let’s get it on!!
What you’ll need:
1 pound pork or chicken (preferably boneless)
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar (I used cane vinegar)
1 cup water
4 cloves of garlic (or more if you want to)
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper
Here’s how to prepare the dish:
1.) Cut your pork into 2 inches cubes
2.) In a deep wok, add your oil and garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
3.) Add your pork and cook until it changes color.
4.) Add the water, soy sauce and vinegar then mix well.
5.) let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Keep a close watch as the sauce may evaporate. Add some more water if needed.
6.) Add the rest of your ingredients and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Voila! Your adobo is ready to serve. As usual this dish is best served with hot rice. Normally we serve this with a hard boiled egg. If you want a sweeter version you can add more honey or sugar. You can also reduce the sauce but be careful as it might be too salty.