Adobo is  a Spanish word for seasoning or marinade, Spaniards during the 15th century encountered an indigenous cooking process which involved stewing meat with vinegar and salt so that it can be preserved longer as there was no fridge during that time.  After the Spaniards, then came the Chinese and they introduced soy sauce and eventually the salt was replaced by soy sauce.

I guess this is the most popular dish the Philippines have it’s so popular I think almost eveywhere I had visited this dish or its flavour is present.  Here are some instances, I remember eating at a restaurant at Kublai’s Wanchai, Hong Kong and saw they have an adobo sauce which is an option for the sauce you want to use on their Mongolian Barbecue.  In Malaysia, there is a Chinese restaurant in front of where I lived and they serve Adobo dish.  Also in US becuase of the sheer population of Filipinos there are restaurants that offer this dish.

In cooking adobo you can use Chicken, Pork, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Liver or a mixture of any of those, they said the longer the adobo is the tastier it will be that’s why some Filipinos after cooking they dont serve it yet but set aside for a day before eating it.  There are a thousand ways of cooking this recipe and every Filipino have its own special way, my rendition for this recipe is using only pork and here it goes.

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Serves: 5-6
  • 800g Pork belly
  • 3 medium potatoes (Agria) quartered
  • 1 whole garlic, minced
  • ½ cup cane vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce (Philippine Soy Sauce not the Chinese Soy Sauce, they taste differently if you cant find one you can use Kikkoman)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • oil
  • cornstarch
  • bay leaves
  • whole pepper corns
  • water
  1. Deep fry potatoes until golden brown. Remove from pan then set aside.
  2. In a separate pot saute garlic in oil using low heat until golden brown. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. Add pork belly and fry until browning occurs.
  4. Add ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp peppercorn, 4 bay leaves and 1 tbsp sugar then bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour or until pork is tender.
  5. Drain the liquid and in a separate frying pan add oil and fry the drained meat in high heat browning the sides.
  6. Mix 1 tsp cornstarch in the cool drained liquid then pour the mixture in the pan together with the deep fried potatoes.
  7. Simmer for additional 5 minutes then serve.


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37 Responses

  1. tanyaregala says:

    Hi !

    This looks really yummy!

    I’m compiling a list of all the different ways to cook adobo in a quest to find what a true filipino adobo is today, and I’m happy to include your adobo recipe in my article at I hope you don’t mind the link from my site to yours =)

    Keep in touch!

  2. Wow – that looks really yummy. I love pork belly, so it’s always good to find new ways to cook it!

  3. jen laceda says:

    Yum! So I noticed you used a 1:1 ratio! Cool!

  4. inday says:

    is maggi considered filipino soy sauce?

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