Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

    1. This is a recipe post for Filipino Pork Adobo. It is a dish composed of pork slices cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. There are version wherein onions are also added. Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippines, along with Sinigang.

Adobo, in general, can be cooked using different kinds of protein. Chicken is the commonly used ingredient. Have you tried cooking Filipino Chicken Adobo yet? Our tried and tested recipe should be able to help you.

Filipino Pork Adobo vs. Mexican Adobo

The word Adobo was derived from the Spanish word “adobar”. It means to marinate. This can be in the form of a liquid marinade or to rub using a combination of powdered ingredient.

This version of Filipino Adobo suggests marinating the pork in soy sauce and crushed garlic. By preference, vinegar can also be added as a marinade ingredient.

Mexican adobo, on the other hand, makes use of chillies, garlic, cinnamon, and oregano as marinade.

Both dishes look and taste different. It will be unfair to compare which among the two dishes are best because each of us has our own preference when it comes to flavor.

Filipino Pork Adobo Versions

The Philippines is composed of composed of many islands. It was initially estimated to be around 7,107. At present, the count rose to 7,641. Each of these islands belong to a cluster, which are divided into regions.

Pork Adobo

Almost every region in the Philippines have their own pork adobo version. Sometimes, there can be more than one version in a location.

The Basic Pork Adobo version is what you see in the recipe below. There are also similar versions with additional ingredients.

Pork and Chicken Adobo is perhaps one of the favorite when it comes to family picnics. This is a dish wherein pork and chicken slices are combined and cooked inadobo style. It can be done the same way as this recipe, with or without onions. This is our clans signature summer dish in the Philippines. I remember my tito’s and tita’s prepare a large portion every summer outing. We would go to Pansol in Laguna to rent a swimming pool for the clan and they would bring with them two large cauldrons (kaldero). One has the adobo in it, while the other is for the rice.

Pork Adobo with Potato is another version that I tried. This is a saucier pork adobo version with cubes of potatoes in it. I’m not sure where this dish originated. It might have been initially created as a filler to feed more people. Nevertheless, I liked the taste. I think that it can be improved by pan-frying the potato first. Most of the flavors gets absorbed by the potato. It can be a carbohydrate overload when you eat the potato with rice. This is a good dish to have when before going to the gym or before starting a marathon.

I cook Pork Adobo with Eggs all the time. This is my favorite. There are two ways to make it. Both ways require boiling the eggs beforehand.  The first version is cooked by adding boiled eggs once the pork gets tender. The eggs absorb the soy sauce, thus becomes darker in color. Be cautious about the time when cooking this way. We don’t want to overcook the eggs.

How can we tell if an egg is overcooked? It is simple. Egg yolk contain iron. When eggs are cooked longer than the usual, the iron turns greenish. This color formation happens between the yolk and egg white. We often refer to this as rings. Slice the boiled egg in half and try to examine the color of the outer yolk. When you see a dark ring around it, that means the egg is overcooked.

The other version of the adobo with egg is easier and does not put the eggs at risk of overcooking (unless it was overcooked during the boiling process). Simply add boiled eggs on the serving plate before serving. The eggs also retains its white color.

Pork Adobo with Tofu is a protein-rich adobo version. This is perfect for people who like their adobo mild in flavor. This version requires fried tofu. Always use extra firm tofu when making this. You can purchase raw tofu and fry it, or you can get packaged fried tofu from the supermarket.

The tofu absorbs most of the sauce in the process which tones down the flavor a bit. This is a good dish to prepare when you are into body building or into a protein-rich diet. Make sure to use lean cuts of pork though.

A favorite among our group of friends who like to drink beer is Spicy Pork Adobo. This is the perfect pulutan as far as I am concerned. The spicier it gets, the better it becomes. I tried making this dish using the former spiciest chili pepper in the world, Bhut Jolokia (It lost its crown to the Carolina Reaper, which is way spicier).  The result was a very delicious and extremely spicy adobo. The spice lingers in the mouth for a while. Be forewarned.

Adobong Baboy sa Gata is a classic. This is notorious for making people on limited-rice-diet crave for more rice. It is very rich, tasty, and delicious. Add a few pieces of Thai chili pepper, and you will not get enough of it.

How to Cook Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo Recipe

This version suggests marinating the pork to make it more flavorful. Pork belly and other fatty cuts of pork are ideal for this recipe.

The first thing to do is marinate the pork belly in soy sauce and crushed garlic. It is best to marinate it overnight. If time is limited, one hour should be enough. Some like to add vinegar during the process. You may do so if preferred.

Drain the marinade. Save it for later. The marinated pork needs to be browned. Heat a cooking pot. Add pork with garlic. You can also add a few tablespoons of cooking oil. Cook the pork until it turns brown.

The pork needs to be cooked until tender. Do this by pouring the remaining marinade, if any. Also add water. Let the liquid boil. This is the part where I put the whole peppercorn and dried bay leaves. These ingredients complete my pork adobo. Boiling for 40 minutes should be enough to tenderize the pork. There are times when you have to cook longer.

If you have not added the vinegar as part of the marinade, pour it into the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes. Salt is an optional ingredient for this recipe. Use it only if you think its needed.

Pork Adobo Alterative and Additional Ingredients

Pork – Use any cut of pork that you prefer. I suggest pork belly for best results. However, use leaner parts if you are trying to avoid fats. Pork tenderloin is a healthier choice. This is very tender and contains way less fat than pork belly. You can also use other proteins such as chicken and goat meat using this recipe.

Onion – This recipe does not suggest the use of onion. I think that onions help improve the taste of adobo. Use red, yellow, or white onion for this recipe. Make sure to chop it into small pieces.

Dried Bay Leaves – this is an ingredient that you can almost always find most of the time in the spice section of your local supermarket. Believe it or not, but this makes a huge difference when cooking adobo.

Whole Peppercorn – this is a traditional ingredient. It will not matter if you use crushed peppercorn or ground black pepper. Sichuan peppercorns are also good alternatives.

Sugar – adding a teaspoon of sugar will move your pork adobo on the sweeter side. I personally love the taste of adobo with a bit of sugar.

 

Pork Adobo Recipe

Basic Filipino Prok Adobo with Soy Sauce, Vinegar, and Garlic. This delicious dish is perfect when served over newly cooked white rice.
 CourseMain Course
 CuisineFilipino
 Prep Time10 minutes
 Cook Time1 hour
 Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
 Servings
 Calories1211kcal
 AuthorVanjo Merano

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork belly
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced or crushed
  • 5 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorn
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste

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Instructions

  • Combine the pork belly, soy sauce, and garlic then marinate for at least 1 hour
  • Heat the pot and put-in the marinated pork belly then cook for a few minutes
  • Pour remaining marinade including garlic.
  • Add water, whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves then bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour
  • Put-in the vinegar and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes
  • Add salt to taste
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 1211kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 120g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1700mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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  1. Combine the pork belly, soy sauce, and garlic then marinate for at least 1 hour
  2. Heat the pot and put-in the marinated pork belly then cook for a few minutes
  3. Pour remaining marinade including garlic. Add water, whole pepper corn, and dried bay leaves then bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour
  5. Put-in the vinegar and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes
  6. Add salt to taste Serve hot. Share and enjoy!
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Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

 Makes 25

 

Easy

Kick off a festive party with our easy canapés. These sticky-sweet bites can be partly prepared ahead for fuss-free entertaining

 

Roast the pork belly ahead then chill before cubing, roasting and glazing on the day.

Ingredients

  • pork belly 1.25kg, skinless and excess fat trimmed
  • marmalade 150g

 

  • dried chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • orange 1, juiced

Method:

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3. Put the pork belly into a roasting tin, cover tightly with foil and roast for 2 hours 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature, or chill if making ahead, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

 

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the pork belly squares into a roasting tray and roast, turning regularly, for 30 minutes.

 

  • STEP 3

    Put the marmalade, chilli flakes, soy sauce and orange juice in a small pan and bubble until reduced and syrupy.

 

  • STEP 4

    Pour over the pork belly, gently toss and roast for another 5 minutes until the pieces are glazed. Pierce with cocktail sticks to serve.


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Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Chicken Long Rice is a staple at most Hawaiian Luaus where it is served as a side dish.  It’s a favorite island comfort food, something in between Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Stew, and usually eaten with steamed white rice.

Chicken long rice uses clear bean thread noodles.  Those are noodles made with mung bean starch and are thin and clear.  They’re also called Chinese Vermicelli, Cellophane Noodles, or Glass Noodles.  You can buy them at any Asian Market.

The dish is pretty much the same as its Filipino counterpart called Sotanghon.  Both originated in China and was brought over to the Hawaiian islands by Chinese and Filipino immigrants. Whatever its origins it’s one of my favorite go to comfort food.  Best of all it’s super simple to make.  It’s great on chilly or rainy days and wonderful when you have a slight cold.  Try it out next time you’ve a yen for Chicken Soup!

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

5-6 Chicken thighs with bone and skin

Water

1 Tbs. Oil

1 Tbs. Fresh grated ginger root

1 Tbs. minced garlic

1 Cup Chicken Stock

1 Tsp. Salt

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Package Bean Thread Noodles

1/4 Cup chopped green onions

2 cloves garlic thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 Tbs. Oil (optional)

Directions:

Heat oil in a stock pot.

Saute garlic and chicken thighs until thighs start to turn yellow.

Add enough water in the pot to cover the chicken with water.

Add chicken stock, ginger, and salt.

Simmer until chicken is very well cooked and falling off the bone.

Remove chicken skin and bones.  Discard skin and bone.  Shred chicken meat into large pieces and return to pot.

Add noodles, soy sauce, and 3/4 of the chopped green onions.

Stir and cook until noodles are soft and transparent.

*Optional – fry garlic slices in 1/2 tbs. oil until they turn brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Remove from heat and garnish with remaining with remaining green onion. Garnish with fried garlic.

 

 

 


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Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Looking for something quick, easy, and delicious for dinner?  Well nothing’s easier than a stir fry.  Try this Cashew Chicken.  It takes a bit more time than your average stir fry, but it’s so worth it!  Served over a bed of steamed rice or noodles it’s simply delicious.

This was a family favorite which I haven’t made if a very long time.   I don’t know why it was forgotten, but I recently re-discovered this delicious dish and will definitely be making it more often.

This time I used fresh asparagus simply because I had a big bunch of it in the fridge, but it can be made with broccoli, green beans, or any type of fresh veggies you have on hand.  I fry the chicken and cashews separately before adding them to the stir fry, that’s the extra step the recipe requires.  It gives the chicken a bit of crunch which goes great with the crunch from the cashews, baby corn, and water chestnuts, you can find canned baby corn and water chestnuts at any Asian market.   I also don’t over cook the fresh veggies, I like to keep them green and crisp.

Here’s the recipe!  Again it goes great with noodles or steamed rice!

Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into bite size cubes

3/4 Cup Corn Starch

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Cup Whole Cashews

Oil for frying

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

1 Tbs. Fresh Garlic Minced

1 Can Baby Corn, drained and cut each ear in half

1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts

1 Cup Fresh Asparagus, cut into 2″ pieces (you can use any type of green veggie you have on hand)

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Oyster Sauce

1 Tsp. Cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 Cup of water

Directions:

Heat about 1″ oil in a frying pan.

Combine cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.

Dredge chicken cubes in cornstarch mixture and drop into hot oil.

Fry chicken until done and all sides are browned.

Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Heat about 1 Tbs. oil in a small frying pan and saute cashews until golden brown.

Keep stirring cashews while cooking so they don’t burn.

Place cashews in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet.

Cook onions in wok until slices start to soften and become translucent.

Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add asparagus and cook until they are bright green.

Add baby corn and water chestnuts and cook another minute or two.

Add soy and oyster sauces and stir until combined.

Stir in dissolved cornstarch and stir until sauce starts to thicken.

Add in fried chicken and stir to cover in sauce.

Sprinkle cashews over top and slightly stir.

Serve right away.

 

 

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Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

Tendon – Shrimp Tempura Rice Bowl

 

Rice Bowls have gotten very popular and come in endless types.  But I’ve loved rice bowls long before they became all the rage.  If you’re not familiar with rice bowls they’re basically a bowl of rice topped with pretty much anything you want.  My favorite ones are Japanese Donburis.

Donburi is a rice bowl dish served in a bowl which in Japan are also called “donburi”.  There are many different types of Donburi but the most popular ones are Tempura Donburi or better known as Tendon if it’s made with shrimp, Chicken or Pork Katsu Donburi also called Katsudon.  You’ll also find Tempura Donburi with fish and vegetable tempuras, Teriyaki, and other types of popular Japanese dishes. Another basic ingredient of most Donburi dishes is egg meaning veggies and other ingredients are scrambled with eggs and a donburi sauce which is then placed on a bed of rice and topped with a desired tempura, katsu, or a preferred protein including teriyaki beef or chicken.

My long time favorite is Tendon or Shrimp Tempura Donburi.  I’ve been enjoying this rice bowl since I first discovered it while I was in high school.  I also like the Katsudon!

I’ve always been able to get my Tendon from most Japanese restaurants in my area, and since I live in Hawaii my neighborhood grocery store.  But when the pandemic locked us down for a month I decided to try and make it at home, after all it’s just shrimp tempura, eggs, Kamaboko (fish cake) and veggies over a bed of rice.  How hard could that be?

Making Tendon is actually pretty easy but it does require making Shrimp Tempura.  Since I must make the tempura batter for the shrimp I also make vegetable tempura with zucchini, green beans, and pretty much what I have on hand.

Another important part of this or any Donburi is the sauce.  The sauce is made with Mirin (a Japanese rice wine used for cooking), soy sauce, dashi (fish stock) and sugar.  This give the dish it’s sweet salty taste that make it delicious!  You can find all the ingredients at an Asian market.  The Dashi usually is in powder form like boullion so you’ll have to mix it as directed to get the liquid stock.

Of course the “star” of this dish is the Shrimp Tempura.  You can either use a tempura mix also found at the Asian market, or you can make your own batter.  Either way the most important things to remember to make perfect tempura batter is to use ice cold water and to not over stir the batter, it needs to have some lumps in it.  In fact the best way to stir this batter is with chopsticks, so leave your whisk or electric mixers out of it.

So here’s the recipe for both Shrimp Tempura (it’s the same batter for fish or vegetable tempura) and the Donburi itself.  This recipe makes 2 bowls.

Tendon

Ingredients for the Tempura

1 Cup Flour, shifted

1 Egg

1 Cup water

Ice cubes for chilling water

4 Large Shrimp – shelled and deveined but leave the tail on, pat dry with paper towel

Cut vegetables – zucchini, green beans, etc. (optional)

1/8 Cup flour

Oil for frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

6 Tbs. Mirin

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

3 Tbs. Liquid Dashi – mix Dashi powder as directed on the box

2 Tbs. Sugar

Ingredients for Donburi:

2 Eggs, beaten

1/2 Onion, sliced

1/2 Cup Shitake Mushrooms (optional)

1/2 Kamaboko, cut into thin strips (optional)

1/3 Cup Green Onions, chopped (optional)

1 Tbs. Oil

Donburi Sauce

2 Cups Cooked White Rice

Seaweed flakes (optional)

Directions to make Tempura:

Place about 2″ of oil in a pot and start to heat while you prepare the batter.

Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl slightly beat egg – beat until yolk and white is just combined.

Add ice to water until the water is chilled.

Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg.

Mix gently together.

Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can’t use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you’re ready to fry.

Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.

Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.

Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.

Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil.

Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.

Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float.

Drain on rack and set aside.

Directions for the sauce:

Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside until needed.

Directions for the Donburi:

Heat oil in a skillet.

Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear

Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired)

Cook about 3-4 minutes.

Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.

Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.

Place 1 Cup of rice in each bowl.

Cute the Egg mixture in half and place a half over each bowl of rice.

Top with Shrimp and Vegetable (if you made some) Tempura and garnish with green onions and seaweed flakes

Serve hot!

 

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Shrimp & Veggie Tempura
Sauce
Donburi
Servings: Bowls
Instructions
Tempura
  1. Place shifted flower in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl slightly beat egg - beat until yolk and white is just combined.
  3. Add ice to water until the water is chilled.
  4. Remove ice and pour water in the bowl with the beaten egg. Mix gently together.
  5. Stir in flour, do not over mix there should be lumps in the batter.  Use right away, if for some reason you can't use it immediately place in the refrigerator for a few minutes until you're ready to fry.
  6. Place 1/8 cup of flour in a dish.
  7. Test the oil temperature by dropping a small bit of batter in oil, if oil bubbles around the batter the oil is ready.
  8. Roll shrimp or vegetable in the dish of flour, shake off excess.
  9. Dip in batter, let excess batter drip off before adding into hot oil. Place battered shrimp and veggies in hot oil to fry.  Do not over crowd the pot, cook in batches if you have to.
  10. Turn as needed to cook all sides. Tempura is done when the shrimp or vegetable starts to float. Drain on rack and set aside.
Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together and set aside until needed
Donburi
  1. Heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Saute onions in skillet until it starts to go limp and clear
  3. Add in Kamoboko, mushrooms, and green onions (reserve some as garnish if desired) Cook about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add in Donburi Sauce and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Pour beaten egg over all and cook until egg is done.
  6. Divide cooked egg mixture in half and place one half on top of each bowl of rice.
  7. Place 2 Shrimp Tempura & pieces of veggie tempura (if you made some) on top of egg.
  8. Garnish with green onions and seafood flakes if desired.
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