Filipino adobo is arguably the most popular dish in Filipino cuisine and is typically eaten for lunch or dinner. The best part about adobo, is it is really easy to make and it is freaking delicious! This is a perfect recipe for beginners to learn, and it's also just an essential dish to have in your back pocket if you are trying to impress your family and friends.
The word adobo actually comes from the Spanish word "adobar" which means 'to marinate'. Filipino Adobo is is essentially marinating a form of protein in soy sauce, vinegar and crushed garlic. In this case, we will be marinating pork. The slightly sweet, tangy, garlic taste of adobo is unforgettable in all the best ways and we are so happy to be sharing this recipe with you.
After trying out this recipe, you will understand why Adobo is the National Dish of the Philippines.
Special thanks to Chef Jemille Cruz of Pamilya for sharing his recipe so we can learn how to prepare and cook Pork Adobo.
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1lb Pork Butt (cut into 1/2inch cubes)
1lb Pork Belly (cut into 1/2inch cubes)
2 cups - Coconut Vinegar (Can substitute with Cane Vinegar)
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Crushed Garlic
1 cup Coconut Milk
1tbsp Cooking Oil of Your Choice
1tsp Kosher Salt
1tsp Black Peppercorns
2tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
2tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Combine Pork Butt and Pork Belly in a Bowl
Add Half the Garlic, bay leaves, 1//2cup soy sauce, and ground pepper.
Let pork marinate for up to 1 hour.
Use medium sized sauce pot and put on medium high heat. Add cooking oil.
Once oil is hot, add marinated pork to pan and brown on all sides.
Once the meat is browned, add the rest of the garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, black peppercorns, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Stir and put heat to medium and add coconut milk. This will help the sauce thicken and add a creamy savory texture to the adobo.
Cook for about 40-50 minutes until pork is tender.
Once tender, serve hot with rice and enjoy! (Pro-Tip: We love adding extra brown sauce to the rice to give it some incredible flavor)