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Philippine adobo (from Spanish adobar: “marinade,” “sauce” or “seasoning”) is a popular Filipino dish and cooking process in Filipino cuisine that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It has sometimes been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines.

The cooking method is indigenous to the Philippines. Early Filipinos cooked their food normally by roasting, steaming or boiling methods. To keep it fresh longer, food was often cooked by immersion in vinegar and salt. Thus, it is very likely that Filipinos could have been cooking meat in vinegar as a means of preservation. This process dates back to the Pre-Hispanic Period and was used for pork and chicken.

When the Spanish Empire colonized the Philippines in the late 16th century and early 17th century, they encountered this cooking process. It was first recorded in the dictionary Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala (1613) compiled by the Spanish Franciscan missionary Pedro de San Buenaventura. He referred to it as adobo de los naturales (“adobo of the native peoples”). Dishes prepared in this manner eventually came to be known by this name, with the original term for the dish now lost to history.

Chicken Adobo
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The Spanish also applied the term adobo to any native dish that was marinated before consumption. In the 1794 edition of Vocabulario de la lengua Tagala, it was applied to quilauìn (kinilaw) a related but different dish which also primarily uses vinegar. In Vocabulario de la lengua Bisaya (1711), the term guinamus (verb form: gamus) was used to refer to any kind of marinades (adobo), from fish to pork. In modern Cebuano, guinamos refers to an entirely different dish – bagoong.

While the adobo dish and cooking process in Filipino cuisine and the general description of adobo in Spanish cuisine share similar characteristics, they refer to different things with different cultural roots. While the Philippine adobo can be considered adobo in the Spanish sense—a marinated dish—the Philippine usage is much more specific to a cooking process (rather than a specific recipe) and is not restricted to meat. Typically, pork or chicken, or a combination of both, is slowly cooked in vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and soy sauce. It is served with white rice.[6][14][15] It was traditionally cooked in small clay pots (palayok or kulon); but in modern times, metal pots or woks (kawali) are used instead.

Pork Adobo
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There are numerous variants of the adobo recipe in the Philippines. The most basic ingredient of adobo is vinegar, which is usually coconut vinegar, rice vinegar, or cane vinegar (although sometimes white wine or cider vinegar can also be used). Almost every ingredient can be changed according to personal preference. Even people in the same household can cook adobo in significantly different ways. A rarer version without soy sauce is known as adobong puti (“white adobo” or “blond adobo”), which uses salt instead, to contrast it with adobong itim (“black adobo”), the more prevalent versions with soy sauce. Adobong puti is often regarded as the closest to the original version of the Pre-Hispanic adobo. It is similar to another dish known as pinatisan, where patis (fish sauce) is used instead of vinegar.

The proportion (or even the presence) of ingredients like soy sauce, bay leaves, garlic, or black pepper can vary. Other ingredients can sometimes be used; like siling labuyo, bird’s eye chili, jalapeño pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, onions, brown sugar, potatoes, or pineapple. It may also be further browned in the oven, pan-fried, deep-fried, or even grilled to get crisped edges.

Pork Chicken Adobo
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There are also regional variations. In southern Luzon (Bicol region), and Muslim Zamboanga, for example, it is common to see adobo cooked with coconut milk (known as adobo sa gatâ). In Cavite, mashed pork liver is added. In Laguna, turmeric was added, giving the dish a distinct yellowish color (known as adobong dilaw, “yellow adobo”).

Adobo has also become a favorite of Filipino-based fusion cuisine, with avant-garde cooks coming up with variants such as “Japanese-style” pork adobo.

Bicol Adobo
Image by levampireyigae – Bicol Adobo(Fried Pork Adobo in Salt Style )

The proportion (or even the presence) of ingredients like soy sauce, bay leaves, garlic, or black pepper can vary. Other ingredients can sometimes be used; like siling labuyo, bird’s eye chili, jalapeño pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, onions, brown sugar, potatoes, or pineapple. It may also be further browned in the oven, pan-fried, deep-fried, or even grilled to get crisped edges.

There are also regional variations. In southern Luzon (Bicol region), and Muslim Zamboanga, for example, it is common to see adobo cooked with coconut milk (known as adobo sa gatâ). In Cavite, mashed pork liver is added. In Laguna, turmeric was added, giving the dish a distinct yellowish color (known as adobong dilaw, “yellow adobo”).

Adobo has also become a favorite of Filipino-based fusion cuisine, with avant-garde cooks coming up with variants such as “Japanese-style” pork adobo.

Pork and Chicken Adobo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs pork belly chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 3 to 4 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorn
  • 1 head garlic slightly crushed
  • 6 tablespoons vinegar white or sugar cane
  • 3/4 to 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan
  2. Once the oil becomes hot, add the garlic. Cook until the color turns golden brown.
  3. Remove the garlic and set aside. Add pork and chicken. Cook for 5 minutes or until the color turns light brown.
  4. Add whole peppercorn, bay leaves, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and water. Let boil and simmer until the meat gets tender.
  5. Add the sugar and stir.
  6. Pour-in vinegar and let boil.Simmer until most of the liquid evaporates.
  7. Add salt to taste. Put-in the fried garlic, stir, and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve. Share and enjoy!


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Source: Wikipedia

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