6 Ways in Cooking Adobo

     If the Philippines had a national dish, it would be Adobo. Adobo is the name of a popular dish and cooking process in Philippine cuisine that involves meat marinated in a sauce of vinegar and garlic, browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It is a tasty dish that leaves everyone, Filipinos and non-Filipinos craving for more. How many ways can you cook adobo? There are as many adobo recipes as there are Filipinos so here are some you can try on.

Classic Chicken and Pork Adobo
½ kl. Chicken
½ kl. Pork shoulder
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp. salt
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small bay leaf
1 tbsp. sugar
½ cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
Cooking Procedures:
1. Combine all ingredients except cooking oil and let it stand for 30 minutes.
2. Simmer for one hour or until meat is tender, stir occasionally, liquid will reduce and thicken. Drain and keep sauce to the side
3. Heat cooking oil in a pot. Brown the meat on all sides. Transfer to a serving dish
4. Pour off the remaining oil from the pot. Add the sauce and cook for another 2 minute.
5. Pour the sauce over the meat. Serve hot.

Pineapple Chicken Adobo

         1 whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
         Salt and pepper
         2 cloves garlic, minced
         2 bay leaf
        ½ cup vinegar
         1 tbsp. soy sauce
                                                                  2 tbsp. atsuete
                                                                  1 can pineapple tidbits, drained

Cooking procedures:
1. In a saucepan, combine chicken with salt, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, vinegar, soy sauce and atsuete oil
2. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until chicken is tender
3. Add pineapple tidbits. Simmer for another few more minutes
5. Remove from heat and serve

Adobong Puti
                                Pork or chicken, cut into serving pieces
                                Cracked peppercorns
                                Annato seed oil (atsuete)
                                Bay leaves
 Cooking Procedures:
1. Saute the garlic in a little bit of oil, add the meat and brown it
2. Add salt and peppercorns. Add vinegar
3. Add water, just enough to cover the meat
4. Bring to a boil until the strong vinegary aroma dissipates
5. Reduce heat and simmer
6. Once the meat is tender, take out from the pot and in a separate pan, fry till it’s brown and crispy on the outside
7. Reduce the remaining vinegar mixture and add a tbsp of annato oil
8. Put the meat back to the pot and mix together
9. Remove from heat and serve

Adobo with Green Mangoes
2 lb. pork
Green mangoes
Soy sauce
Cooking Procedures:
1. Cut the pork into cubes
2. Pare the green mangoes and cut the meat intro strips
3. Cook the pork with the rest of the ingredients until pork is tender, the green mangoes mushy and the sauce thick

Beef Adobo in Coconut Milk

                                2 lb beef kalitiran
                                2 cans coconut milk
                                ½ cup vinegar
                                2 cloves garlic, crushed
                               1 bay leaf
                                Salt to taste

Cooking Procedures:
1. Cut beef into cubes and place in a big pot
2. Add 1 can coconut milk, vinegar, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaf and salt
3. Bring to a boil then simmer until beef is tender and the liquid almost gone
4. Add the remaining 1 can coconut milk
5. Bring back to boil then simmer for another 10 minutes
6. Remove from heat and serve

Pork Adobo with Beer
2 lb pork
Soy sauce
¼ cup vinegar
½ cup beer
 Cooking Procedures:
1. Cut pork into serving pieces
2. Marinate with the rest of the ingredients for at least an hour in the refrigerator
3. Cook in the saucepan until pork is tender
4. Continue simmer until almost dry and oily

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