Recipe for Filipino Pork Adobo

This popular dish, Adobo, is the national dish of the Philippines. It is a native Filipino dish, but was somewhat influenced by the Spaniards and Chinese. This influence is reflected by its name, and by simply having soy sauce as one of its ingredients. It is easy to cook, but because of the combination of vinegar, garlic and soy sauce, its aroma will surely make your mouth water once you try this recipe. Adobo is always served with steamed rice. Either pork or chicken maybe used, though different variations exist that use fish and vegetables.

Preparation Time: 45-85 minutes, 6-8 servings


1/4 c. vinegar

1 cup soy sauce

1 tsp. grnd black pepper

2 cloves garlic

2 lbs pork, cut up in 1 1/2 inch wide by 2 inches long

1/4 c. vinegar

4 hard boiled eggs

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

2 cups of water or as needed


Using a frying pan, saute garlic until golden brown. Add in pork and fry until brown and until water dries. Add black pepper, sugar and soy sauce. Simmer until soy sauce is absorbed by the meat. Mix and add water to simmer until pork is tender. When sauce thickens, add vinegar. Simmer again for 5~8 mins. Put in hard boiled eggs. Serve with steamed rice.


Hard-boiled eggs are optional but you may add as many as you want. For a family of four, you would normally use 6-8 pieces.

Adding vinegar in during the very last few minutes of cooking is very important. Putting in the vinegar during the first steps is not advisable, as this will make tenderizing the meat slower than usual.

This dish is a good source of protein, especially for those people on a low carbohydrate diet.

This can be cooked with chicken, or a combination of pork and chicken.

When shopping for vinegar, try to find native palm vinegar available at an Asian grocery store. If not, use apple cider vinegar.

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