Considered as a national dish in the Philippines, Adobo is that one particular food that can be so versatile hence it never goes out of style. Ask any Filipino living abroad of what they miss in the Philippines and Adobo is often in the list. When you say Philippines, along with jeepney, balut among others, Adobo will always come to mind.
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Although the name sounds Spanish, Adobo is indigenous to the Philippines. And being a warm country we tried to come up with dishes that would last long and doesn’t get spoiled easily. Adobo is one food that is naturally preserved because of its basic ingredient vinegar.
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The basic recipe is very simple really. All you need would be chicken/pork stewed in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper and bay leaf and you’re good to go! Some like it saucy and some like it a bit dry. Some like it sweet, some like it tangy and salty. Not only is it delicious, it also comes in different flavours to suit your taste, here’s a list of some of them:
1. Pork Adobo
2. Chicken Adobo
3. Adobong Pusit
4. Chicken Liver Adobo
5. Adobo sa Buko
6. Adobo sa Dilaw
7. Adobong Puti
8. Adobo sa Gata
9. Adobong Ilongo
10. Pineapple Chicken Adobo
Photo Credit: http://www.kawalingpinoy.com/2015/01/adobong-puti/
Although there’s a basic guide to cooking adobo, one is still free to experiment and come up with his/her own type of adobo.
I remember, whenever we can’t think of anything to cook, we would always decide on having adobo, not because we are settling but because with adobo, one can’t go wrong, it’s very rare you find a person who doesn’t eat this dish, right?
Now, just writing about this dish and looking at the photos make me crave for adobo!