I have to share the delicious recipe of Adobo with our readers!
While in Australia, I had the pleasure of tasting Julie’s melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked kangaroo dish. This visit was host to a handful of firsts in my life. This included seeing a kangaroo, photographing a kangaroo…and yes, eating a kangaroo (ouch!). As Julie’s slow cooked Kangaroo dish cooked the aroma wafted in the kitchen, it reminded me of Manila. It smelled of the popularly Filipino dish adobo.
I have also learned that Masterchef contestant John Carasig from the Philippines has made a Chicken Adobo on the show. It’s a very popular Filipino dish, so as a courtesy I am sharing a reciprocal dish with Julie and the Gourmet Getaways readers. I am sharing with you my easy pork adobo recipe.
The Filipino adobo has undergone variations as it goes from one household to another, as Kimchi has in Korea. Or the slow cooked kare-kare dish we featured before. Most use pork, some chicken. Some use both. Some kitchens serve it with potato wedges or boiled eggs or pineapple chunks. Others omit the soy sauce and replace it with salt. Whatever modification it is, always remember it is not adobo if it doesn’t have oil, garlic, peppercorn and vinegar.
What I am making today is not a deviation from tradition. I still have the same components, but used pineapple juice. And instead of potato wedges included in the stew, I used Julie’s creamy mashed potato as a side dish. You may opt to retain as much of the sauce as you want. I have been dealing with adobo since I opened my eyes in this world. To me, the perfect adobo is one with most of the sauce absorbed by the tender meat.
Despite the nuances, I promise you the taste and look is UNMISTAKABLY ADOBO.
- [b]FOR THE ADOBO:[/b]
- 1/2 kg pork shoulder or loin cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup cane vinegar (or apple cider)
- 3 to 4 pieces dried bay leaves
- 1 Tbsp whole peppercorn
- 4 to 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- Olive oil for sautéing
- [b]FOR THE MASHED POTATO:[/b]
- 3 medium sized potatoes (peeled or unpeeled, as desired)
- 1 to 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter
- 1/2 to 1 cup of non-fat, skim or low-fat milk
- For the adobo:
- Heat the oil in a pan. Sauté the garlic then add the pork. Brown the pork in all sides.
- Add the peppercorn and pineapple juice. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is tender and until sauce is reduced.
- Pour in the vinegar, soy sauce and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn the pork to the other side to get coated by the sauce. Wait until the sauce thickens and reduces before.
- Turn off the heat and serve.
- For the mashed potato (Julie’s recipe)
- Boil the potatoes with some salt.
- Test for tenderness using a fork.
- When tender for mashing, remove from heat and start mashing using a fork or masher.
- Add some butter.
- Keep mashing and gradually add milk until desired creaminess is achieved.
For pork lovers out there, this is right up your alley. Serve it with hot rice or with mashed potato. If you like it spicy, just chop some bird’s eye chilli to sprinkle on your adobo. If you like the idea of combining chicken and pork or just chicken, the procedure is just about the same. You can fry the chicken longer if you want to have one crispy chicken adobo. I suggest wings and breast as the best parts, but that’s just me!
Now I miss my little girlie friend Anais. We dined together in a restaurant in Sawtell. Seeing pork in the menu, she exclaimed with her soft voice and bright round eyes, “Porkkk!!!” Just like her mom, she couldn’t hide her fascination by the meat.
Adobo is the Philippines unofficial national dish. Our very own staple, tasty, comfort food found in every Filipino home. It is the perfect winter warming dish, I hope this easy pork adobo finds its way in your kitchens, too.
Good luck to Masterchef contestant John Carasig, I hope we will be seeing many more Filipino dishes.
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