The Philippine Pork Stew and Its Variant Styles of Cooking

Dondi Lardizabal By Dondi Lardizabal, 10th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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People who love to eat can't resist the inviting smell of a freshly-cooked pork stew (in the Philippines, it is widely known as "adobo,"). Once you've tasted it, you'll definitely come back for more. Every Philippine cook knows how to prepare it. There are regions that cook it differently from the others. Here, we will point out the most basic way in preparing this dish and other variants that you might want to try.

The first thing that you must do is prepare the main ingredients. These are as follows:

Pork (with our without fat, cut in cubes or small pieces.)
Garlic (5 to 10 cloves will do, depending on how strong you want the garlic to taste)
Onions (One whole onion is enough, however if you can put more to make it taste better)
Whole or crushed pepper cores
Vinegar or Apple Cider
Soy Sauce
Bay leaf
Cooking oil

Cut and crush the garlic to small pieces. Then, cut the onion in half and dice them in small pieces. After you do this, you may heat a small amount of cooking oil on a wok to sauté the garlic and onions. Put them one at a time, starting with the garlic. When the garlic starts to turn light brown, put in the onions and the bay leaf. Stir and make sure that the onions don't get burned. Then add the pork into the pan until it turns golden brown. While the meat cooks, put in the whole or crushed pepper cores (don't put too much of this). Finally, put 50 milliliters (more or less) of soy sauce and vinegar (the proportion should be one is to one, both vinegar and soy sauce should be of equal amount). Mix it a little and let it boil on low heat until the vinegar and soy sauce dries up. Serve it hot with rice or mashed potatoes.

You can substitute chicken with pork or cook them together. You can also use beef chunks instead of pork. However, if you decide to go for beef, it would be best to pressure cook it to make it softer to the bite before you sauté it. If you're a vegetarian, you can replace the meat with string beans or Chinese kangkong. For older folks with biting challenges, you can use ground pork or beef and enhance it with diced potatoes. If you want to give your Philippine stew a distinctive taste, put a teaspoon of hot sauce or fresh chili peppers. Ginger shreds can be added as well to give it a southern taste. If you prefer a sweeter blend, a teaspoon of sugar will do the trick.

I don't know a Filipino who doesn't like "adobo." Every Filipino wife prepares it to their foreign spouses who enjoy this dish. It's placed side-by-side the turkey platter on Thanksgiving, and it makes everyone know that the family cook is a Filipino. Prepare one for you family now.


Adobo, Beans, Beef, Chicken, Filipino, Foreign, Pork, Saute

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author avatar Dondi Lardizabal
I'm a man who will soon hit his 50s and am proud to say that I have two wonderful children and a grandson. I write for fun but am more comfortable with topics that interest me personally.

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author avatar Denise O
30th Nov 2013 (#)

Sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing. :)

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