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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Pork Adobo (Filipino Pork Vinegary Stew)

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When I was working in Singapore, I had my first taste of Filipino cuisine when my Filipino colleagues brought me to a cafe in Lucky Plaza along Orchard road. It sure was tasty and a few of my faves are Sinigang(Tamarind Soup), Sisik(Hot plate minced pork and other parts of the pig.:P), Bicol Express(Coconut Pork Stew) and of course the very appetizing Pork Adobo. It's essentially a pork slowed cooked in a vinegary marinade. Other variations of Philippines National dish, Adobo include chicken, pork and chicken as well as squid.
 I haven't yet found a Filipino restaurant in London but will definitely be on a lookout for it. In the meantime, I shall just have to cook some of the dishes myself and hopefully do them well -ish. :)
It could have done with more browning(totally my fault as i should have waited a little longer when sautéing the pork) but it still tasted fab!
Recipe adapted from Pinay in Texas
Ingredients (serves 3-4)

800g pork shoulder, cubed
9 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized onion, sliced
3 shallots, sliced
3 pcs whole bay leaves
3/4 cup vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup of water
1 Tsp black peppercorns
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp vegetable oil



Procedure:
1. Marinate pork in soy sauce, vinegar, honey, bay leaves, 6 cloves minced garlic, and  sliced onion for at least 30 minutes. 
2. Remove pork from marinade and gently heat marinade.
3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté remaining garlic and shallots in oil until shallots are translucent.
4. Add pork and sauté until juice starts to come out. Add the marinade, water and peppercorns. Mix well. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until pork is tender. 


35 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot about adobo but never tried it. Plan to make it one day. I remember Lucky Plaza - wish I was in Singapore now:(

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    1. aww.... you are making me homesick now...
      Hope you will try it soon.. it's really tasty.

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  2. Adobo is one of my favorite dishes. It's so nice to meet you, I'm also a Filipino...

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    1. I'm Singaporean but I really like Filipino food too! Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  3. Looks yummy...I'd love to try this hearty meat dish.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you'll try it soon.

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  4. Looks delicious...
    I think I am going to try this with chicken....
    I hope it will work...

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    1. Thanks and yes, it'll work with chicken too as that's a popular ingredient to use in this dish. :)

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  5. I didn't know that pork adobo was a big Filipino dish. I know there is a Mexican version that I've made once or twice before and it is quite different. I love the simplicity of this recipe and flavors. I'm going to have to try it to see how it compares. It looks delicious!

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    1. A Mexican version? didn't know about that but I will have to find a recipe for that soon. Thanks for the compliments, MJ!

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  6. You know, I had been hearing recently about this dish called adobo but I hadnt had the chance to try it. When I checked your ingridients u used I was a bit surprised because thats pretty much the same way I have been marinating at time my meats. I just never thought of adding bayleave.

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    1. That's cool! I don't usually use vinegar in a marinade so I'm quite surprise that you do. Do you usually use alot of vinegar?

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  7. I have already heard about (or rather read about) adobo and yours looks as fantastic as I remember. I really must make it one day.No Filipino restaurants here, so either I cook it or I will never taste it.

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    1. Thanks Sissi! Yes, give it a go and I think you'll like it. It's really appetising.

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  8. Nice page you have here!
    Glad you like my version of Pork Adobo! :)

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    1. Thanks! :) Great recipe you have there!

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  9. I love Tina's site too! It's so hard to find Filipino restaurant so we must rely on these Filipino bloggers. All my Filipino food bloggers are great cook. I think they eat well at home (since all of them can cook so well), so no on wants to go to a restaurant?? I don't know it's been a myth that why we can't find Filipino restaurant... Your adobo looks DELICIOUS!! Love how you presented it too!

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    1. That makes a lot of sense i think! Why would anyone want to go to a restaurant when there's restaurant style food to be had at home! hahaha
      Thanks Nami, it was really appetising!

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  10. Yum, this looks and sounds really delicious... and different! One to bookmark and try!

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    1. Thanks! am sure you'll like it too!

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  11. Unfortunately, I have not tried enough Filipino food to know what I like and what I do not. But I always imagine the flavors of Chicken Adobo to be one that is appetizing and delicious, so this Pork Adobo should be good too.

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    1. Oh yes! Both versions are great!

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  12. What a wonderful experience to try something new. Looks like you don't need to find restaurant in London. Your Pork Adobo sounds and looks delicious!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. There's lots of other Filipino dishes which I haven't tried so i would still need to find a restaurant! haha

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  13. I remembered enjoying this dish way back when I had a Filipino maid and she cooked this! It's so delicious I keep asking her to cook it lol! Now I can try cooking some too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you like this dish too and it's really easy to make!

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  14. that looks delicious! my maid back home in singapore is filipino and she used to do this. can't wait to try it myself now.

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    1. Hope you'll like this version too!

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  15. Hi Sylvia! Thanks to your tweet I found your lovely website! I have to say your photos are mouthwateringly amazing! I would love 2 try this recipe! I'll be following U from now on!

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  16. This is what we call "HUMBA" in cebu philippines. One of my best favorite filipino dish. Humba and Pancit are the main dish on birthdays.

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  17. My husband is Filipino & his aunt gave me her recipe for Adobo & it is very similar to this recipe & very delicious. I usually do chicken adobo but I'm very excited to try this recipe with pork. Adobo is a wonderful dish :)

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