Classic Adobo Recipe

Adobo now comes in different forms, some with coconut milk, others with curry, some as fried flakes – heck, even CPK has created a Filipino Adobo pizza!

But as comfort food nothing beats the classic Adobo recipe, with chunks of pork slathered with a flavourful garlic-y sauce served with hot steamed rice… yum!

Odd as it may seem, Adobo can be considered as beach food. It is a staple in family outings in beaches since its ingredients allow it to be stored in a relatively long time without spoiling.

So for Adobo purists out there here’s the classic Adobo recipe:


1 head of garlic, minced
1 cup of vinegar
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
3 leaves of laurel (bay leaves)
1 kilo of pork or chicken cut into pieces

Over low heat, saute the minced garlic and add the pork or chicken meat. Add in the 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup of soy sauce, 1 cup of vinegar while stirring to prevent the meat from sticking to the pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, then add the bay leaves. You can turn up the heat to bring it into boil and simmer until the meat has turned brown and tender, OR you can maintain the low heat for slow cooking and more flavor for about an hour.

Top it off with garlic flakes (minced garlic fried until golden brown) for added aroma. Enjoy your Adobo!

Did you enjoy this Adobo recipe? Please tell us, or better yet you can share your own adobo recipe through the comments section.


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