Adobong Mani

Adobong Mani is a Filipino Street Food made out of fried peanuts infused with lots of garlic, can be enjoyed with lots of chillies or without.

Adobong Mani 2Last January we hosted a Filipino Street Food Party at our home with our friends, it was a really good idea as most us do miss Philippines and haven’t been back to our home country for quite sometime. So to bring a part of our culture to New Zealand we had this party and it definitely brought back a lot of memories reminiscing the past. A lot of street food dishes were served which was brought by everyone and some of them will be posted here, so this week will be filled with street food recipes that most Filipinos grew up with and let’s start with Adobong Mani.

If there is a title for the most popular street food in the Philippines then Adobong Mani would win this title, since I was a child I had seen this on streets basically everywhere where it is sold in different variations, regular fried peanuts with the brown skin on or without, it is also available as chilli infused or not and these are all topped and loaded with crispy garlic. This street food is then displayed in huge bilao’s which is basically a circular winnow made out of bamboo, it is then served in brown paper bags where size is determined by price. During my days it started with 1 peso where the paper bag where the size is similar to the current iPad nano to a 10 peso one which is roughly the size of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, today I am pretty sure the price would have increased 5 times more.

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Adobong Mani

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Adobong Mani is a Filipino Street Food made out of fried peanuts infused with lots of garlic, can be enjoyed with lots of chillies or without.


  • 1 kg raw peanuts, shelled
  • 2 whole garlic
  • fine salt
  • 2 cups cooking oil


  1. Remove the outer thin skin of the garlic, separate them into cloves leaving the inner skin intact. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic cloves. Set then aside.
  2. In a wok add the oil then once how deep fry the garlic pieces in medium heat until golden brown and crispy. Remove garlic then set them aside.
  3. Put heat to low then add the peanuts, fry for 15 minutes or until then light brown peanut skin turns brown (not dark brown) while stirring occasionally.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the peanuts the place then in a colander to drain excess oil.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl then season with salt.



21 Responses

  1. This post caught my eye as my father is from a small village in Greece called Mani. I had to take a peek at this, and what a nice post. Thank you.

  2. We have something very similar in India. Another practice is to heat some sand in a wok and then roast the peanuts in the hot sand. Take the peanuts out from the sand and place in a colander. Shake vigorously to get rid of the sand. Gives a much better all-round roasting. :-)

  3. Karen says:

    I can see why this would be the most popular street food. I would enjoy a little bag of them and it is early morning. :)

  4. Kristy says:

    What a great idea for a party and a way to feel back at home. These nuts look delicious! I know I’d happily buy them for a snack. :)

  5. Alex says:

    Oh wow never had garlic flavoured peanuts before. Definitely have to try this – (I love garlic)

  6. what a fun, delicious snack! do you know how long the peanuts will keep after you cook them?

  7. Hi! I’m not sure if you’ve tried adobong mani from Lucena Quezon but for me they’re the best I’ve tasted. They use small raw peanuts which when cooked, they’re firm to the bite. They add chopped chili then season it with salt and sugar.

  8. Street food is the best. I love walking along the streets of Asia, snack in hand & cool drink in the other. Fried peanuts with chilli & garlic says it all. Love it!

  9. What a great idea having a little street food party. Almost like being back at home and this simple dish is delicious. My teenagers love this.

  10. mjskit says:

    I could definitely nibble on some of these!!!

  11. We go to this Chinese restaurant that we really love. While waiting for our order, they serve similar peanuts. Salty, but I think it has some seaweed (small green seaweed that Japanese also use). It’s SO addicted. I wasn’t a peanut fan (besides eating with chocolate) but I always ask for more…. this dish reminds me of my favorite peanuts and love the garlic flavor. I will easily eat like 1 cup. Heee hee.

  12. This sounds very similar to the fried peanuts and anchovies that Malaysians eat with their nasi lemak – delicious !

  13. veenashankar says:

    so addictive snack.. delicious

  14. liza says:

    Hi Edible Cravings! Where in Lucena can we buy that kind of Adobong Mani. I heard that also that its the best so I want to try it. Thanks for your reply

  15. Erin says:

    I am wondering what type of peanuts you use? I spent a lot of time there as a kid , thank you for this.

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