Everything You Need To Know About Adobo Recipe

Filipino Adobo in a pot

Adobo is one of the best recipes that most Filipinos are furious about. This cuisine has an excellent reputation in the market, for local and international. It contains a unique and distinctive taste that everyone can enjoy. Aside from that, you can also use different ingredients to prepare this kind of dish. It basically can complement most of the meat ingredients that you have in your kitchen. As a result, you can get various options that you can serve on your dining table. 

This blog is all about everything you need to know about Adobo cuisine. We are grateful to share the information that can help you appreciate and understand this delightful cuisine. Exploring this kind of cooking can provide an excellent menu to prepare on your occasions or everyday cravings. Most of its variations can complement numerous courses, so many Filipinos make this recipe from time to time. 

delicious chicken adobo in a pan
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Moreover, its history is a fantastic story, that is why many individuals are also curious about what this cuisine can offer and what this menu contains. You can use the different compounds to make it more delicious. Some of it can be your exceptional menu to share and somehow, might become your favorite also. However, this recipe might not be familiar to some, but with this blog, you can learn how to prepare and understand the wonders of this course that you desire.

Furthermore, we provide the details in every section below. Each of them contains outstanding data that can guide you to prepare this delightful recipe. It will help you to make your meal more perfect and proper. For that reason, join us as we introduce our star dish cuisine to assure you to give your palate an excellent savory effect. So, let us move forward and discover the things that this menu has. Enjoy reading!

History and Origin of Adobo Recipe

This section contains the history of how this cuisine starts. For the past years, many people are eager to know the history of this menu’s popularity and how it gets its place in the market. As you know, this menu has a simple mixture but, on the other side of the story, it can produce an extravagant savory that surprisingly can catch your attention in an instant. So, without any talk, let’s begin.

In the countries where the climate is warm, there is a number 1 priority: how you can make your meal last longer—preserving food is the most essential to do when it comes to a tropical country, like the Philippines. As you have heard, years ago, there is no refrigerator that you can use and store ingredients. Also, there is no freezing climate to help to preserve the meat that they have. That is why they make sure that they have an alternative way to make their meal more useful the next day. The Spanish people are the ones who introduce this method. 

Furthermore, the Brining process is their way to keep their food longer. Spanish people use vinegar and soy sauce to create a salty and sour flavor that is not easy to spoil. This thing is the experimental trial that became the most traditional way to seasoned numerous dishes. That is the time when our star dish recipe was born. The vinegar and the soy sauce are excellent combos you can use to preserve your meal and serve it the next day. It can maintain your ingredients’ life and produce a more savory effect that makes your meal more delicious. After the Spanish Colonial Era, Filipino ancestors adapt and share these unique ways to prepare courses, up to this moment.

enticing adobong puti with bay leaf in a plate
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Moreover, the brining method of making this fantastic meal is the key to make our star dish well familiar for the past years. Travelers, business people, tourists, examiners, and other individuals are the ones who spread the news about this delightful recipe. As a result, it builds its name and becomes more popular year by year. At this moment, Some Filipinos consider this recipe as their unofficial national cuisine because a part of their delicacies has a huge reservation of this meal. Aside from the original Spanish version, you can prepare numerous Filipino Adobos varieties in the Philippines.

Are you familiar with some provinces in the Philippines that have a brief history in their version of our star dish recipe? Are you aware that Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, is also familiar with speaking the Filipino language? Besides, she can also cook Adobo recipes on her own? Yes, that is right. There are existing provinces that have their unique mixture aside from the original menu of this delightful recipe. Some of them are from Taytay, Rizal, Bulakan, Bulacan, and Balanga, Bataan.

Notably, each of them has a unique and distinctive way of cooking our star dish recipe. In the Municipality of Taytay, Rizal, they have an Adobo festival that they celebrate yearly. Their star dish is the Adobong Puti, or they call Adobong Matanda. They prepare tables that are 300 meters long at the festival, and all together, they eat and perform a boodle fight. They celebrate this festival as a sign of their love for their Traditional recipe.

In preparing this dish, unlike the original mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, they use only vinegar, garlic, and peppercorns. Usually, the people who cook this dish are mostly senior citizens. For that reason, they name it Adobong Matanda. Besides, they also serve it at their dining table as their staple food. This recipe is a family menu that, until now, is alive and still performed.

adobar - way of marinating meat
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As for its technique of cooking, a lot of patience is what you need. In preparing this version, you need a few hours to boil your ingredients. And to achieve the tenderness that you need, constant stirring is what you need to do. Then, add the vinegar at a time. Pour it portion by portion, simmer, and mix. Please wait until it reduces the liquid and slightly dries up. 

Apart from that, at the festival, there are also some Muslims that participate in the supper. And their entry recipe is their Adobong Maranao. Chicken, garlic, vinegar, tomato, soy sauce, onion, coconut milk, and peppercorns are the typical ingredients you can use in making this menu. However, the most promising compound they are proud of is the other kind of onion you can only get in Mindanao. They call it Sakurab. The process of cooking this menu is similar to the Adobong Matanda. The only difference is that it has more aroma because of the onion they put in their mixture.

Equally important, in Bulakan, Bulacan, they have a unique style of making our star dish. They are using eel as their primary ingredient in this cuisine. As you are familiar with, they have many fishponds, which is why they also have an abundance of eel. The type of eel that they have is small, so it’s perfect for cooking Adobong Igat. It doesn’t have many bones; that is why you can eat it without problems. 

In preparing this dish, first, you need to clean the eel. To remove the eel’s slime content, you can use ashes from the woods that you use. Scrab each of them to eliminate the fishy smell and texture. Afterward, wash it with water. Cut the head and remove the internal organs. Don’t draw the blood, because if you do, you can eliminate the savory effect that it has, as for them. Slice it into small pieces, then add ginger, vinegar, and soy sauce and bring to a boil. After that, saute garlic and add the eel. Please wait until it reduces the liquid, and then you can now serve it as your course and as Pulutan. 

On the other side, there is also a unique recipe that you can get from Balanga, Bataan. This version is somewhat uncommon but can also provide a tasty flavor. They have Bangus’ intestine to make their Adobong Bituka ng Bangus. You can consider it as an exotic version of this recipe. 

In addition to that,  are you aware that the wife of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, is also familiar with how to speak the Filipino language? Besides, she can also cook our star recipe on her own? Yes, that is certain. Before becoming a princess, she lived in Los Angeles, California, where many Filipinos worked and lived there. As for her, “ I enjoy making slow-cooked food on Sundays, like Filipino style chicken Adobo. It is so easy, combine garlic, soy, vinegar, maybe some lemon, and let the chicken swim in the sauce until it falls off the bone in a crockpot.”

So, that’s the origin of the adobos that you can try at home. Let us move forward to another section that we have here. Enjoy reading and explore the wonders that this menu has. Keep on navigating the information that we will give you and understand the other side of this recipe. Thank you!


Ways to Cook Your Filipino Adobo Recipe

This section contains a list of the methods that you can use to make this delightful recipe. Each of these methods has an excellent function that many individuals want to try. We also consider some of the demand ways of cooking that might be available in your kitchen. It can also guide you to decide which method suits you the best. It includes the following;

  • Using instant pot

Many individuals have no time to cook their meal in a complicated way, so they always choose to use the methods that can do their work instantly. This method is a convenient way to cook your food without so much attention. It can perform the preparation; at the same time, you can do the things you must do while cooking. The instant pot is a tool that has an excellent reputation in the market. For that reason, many individuals use it for their cooking. 

Moreover, this tool has a timer setting that can control the period of your cooking. The time range that you need is 1 hour to 2 hours. You can instantly set your time depending on what you need. This pot has a pressing button for your timer. In preparing the meal, you can put all your ingredients at once inside of it. Set the time and leave it. After the time ends, check your ingredients if it’s OK, and then you can set it again if not.

Thus, ensure that you pour the exact amount of liquid inside your pot. That way, you can control and avoid burning. The fluid of your dish can evaporate while you are boiling it. So, it is preferable to pour enough liquid to prevent those instances from happening. 

  • Using pressure cooker

If you are using meat, the best thing to do is to use a pressure cooker. As you notice, this appliance is useful when you are tenderizing your meat. It is more convenient and easy to use. In using this tool, you can set your time 20 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on what kind and how long you require your time to put on tenderizing your meat. It is faster than your regular pot. In a regular boiler, you can consume 1 hour to 3 hours of boiling. See the range of these two. You can quickly get a tool that is very convenient and useful.

In preparing food in this cooker, you can put the meat first and boil it to achieve your need. You can also set the flavoring together with it or add it later on. After your allotted time ends, see and check if your ingredients are soft and ready. You can now add the other compound that you ought to your meal. Just uncover the cooker and continue to boil it while waiting to reduce your liquid in half. You can choose between fried or saucy. Either way works well. 

However, be sure to put enough liquid inside. As you notice, the pressure inside this boiler is higher than the usual cooker that you have. It can evaporate your liquid inside and dries up your mixture. In that case, adding enough water can help you to prevent burning. After the time ends, don’t ever open the lid right away because it can cause you a severe problem if you do. It contains a lot of pressure; when you open it right away, it might explode and splatter all your mixture. 

  • Using Crockpot

You can consider this method as a slow cooking process. With the use of this crockpot, you can bring your meal to the second level. This pot can bring out your ingredient’s savory taste. The long process of boiling your meal can release the delicious relish that you have in your compounds. That way, you can get a delightful satisfaction in your recipe. You can also set your fire in medium and high heat. Either way can cook your menu correctly. Besides, it has an equal distribution of heat, from top to bottom and from side to side. 

Furthermore, like the other crockpot, it also has a timer setting that can help you control your cooking preparation range. It ranges from 2 hours to 4 hours. It might be a long process, but it also can give you a quality meal. The regular time for your ordinary cooker is within 1 hour to 2 hours, but it doubles the range for this method. 

In preparing food in this cooker, put all your meat inside and bring it to a boil. You can also set the flavoring, or you can add it later. Ensure also the liquid that you pour inside is enough because it can dry up upon boiling. That way, you can avoid burning. You can also add the other ingredients an hour before your time ends, so you have spare time to soften all of them at once. 

  • Using wok

Nowadays, a wok is what other people use in making their menus. It might work because it is easy to handle and simple to use. You can also mix your food in it effortlessly by tossing and flipping it constantly. The surface of this pan is smooth and deep. These two features have the most work in this method. You can avoid sticking ingredients in it, and also, you don’t need to stir in manually. With its holder’s use, you can easily control the entire pan to toss and flip your ingredients. 

In cooking your meal in it, you can first boil the meat with soy sauce and vinegar inside. Then after some time or until it softens. Place it in a bowl. In the same pan, saute garlic and onion while tossing it, add the meat, and pour some liquid from the mixture you use to boil your ingredient. Please wait until the sauce reduces in half. Afterward, you can add other ingredients like potatoes and eggs. Simmer it, and after minutes, you can now serve it on your dining table. 

Variation of Filipino Adobo Recipe

This section shows the list of some varieties that you can prepare. Each of these variations contains a unique and savory taste that you might like. We listed various types to give you an option and guide you to choose our star dish’s kind suits your taste the most. For this matter, it includes the following;


Chicken version

This version uses chicken as its primary ingredient. Aside from pork and fish, most Filipinos include this ingredient in their cuisines. Chicken has a tasty relish that can provide a delightful flavor that can activate your appetite instantly. It can keep you from eating more and more. Besides, it is easy to cook and softens.

pork and chicken adobo in a bowl with galirc
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The most essential is to prepare your chicken as tender until it falls off from the bones in making this recipe. The more it cooks, the more delicious relish you can bring out. The sauce from this ingredient is a bit more delightful than the fish. It can complement most of the vegetables and other components. That is why many individuals are using it for their menus. Some people also include this compound in their diet because it contains fewer fats than pork and beef. 

In making this menu, we provide the ingredients and instructions that you might learn. This guideline can help you to make your recipe correctly. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 Pieces bay leaves dried
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup Vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pot at a medium-high heat temperature.
  2. Put enough oil and start to saute garlic and onion. Please wait until it turns golden brown and translucent.
  3. Then, add the chicken and stir it carefully. Simmer it to release its natural relish.
  4. After some time, add the water, soy sauce, and vinegar. You can also add the bay leaves.
  5. Simmer it and add the salt and ground black pepper to add savory flavor after a few minutes.
  6. Boil it within 20 minutes to 40 minutes or until the meat falls off from the bones.
  7. Add some vegetables or other ingredients that you ought. 
  8. Please wait until it reduces liquid in half.
  9. Then, you can now transfer it into a separate bowl or plate.
  10. Garnish with fried garlic or chopped spring onions.
  11. Serve and enjoy it while it’s hot!

Pork version

This version uses pork as its primary ingredient. Aside from chicken, many Filipinos love to use this ingredient in this recipe. However, it needs more time to prepare the pork because it requires tenderness before serving it on your dining table. Don’t worry about that matter. You can use different methods to make them more soft and delightful. There is a section above that you can check on how you can cook this kind of meal. 

crispy adobo flakes in a plate with wooden fork and knife
(Photo Credits to: Five Shouts Out)

In making this Pork recipe, the soft consistency of the pork is essential. Ensure that you tenderize it before you serve this meal. You can also put some other ingredients like potatoes, carrots, Saba banana, and egg. 

You can also pour some cooking wine. These compounds work well with this menu. However, here is the information that you need to prepare this delightful meal. 

This section contains the ingredients and the instructions that you must include while making this menu. It consists of the following;

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork cut into cubes
  • One onion peeled and sliced thinly.
  • One head garlic peeled and minced.
  • Two bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, chilies, garlic, vinegar, and pepper. Mix and marinate the pork in it for at least an hour.
  2. After that, heat the pan and put in the marinated pork, and add the remaining ingredients except for oil.
  3. Give a mix of your pork mixture and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour over lower heat or until pork is ready and tender.
  4. Now, set aside the pork and medium fry it in a separate pan.
  5. Pour the sauce into the cooker, and then add the pork. Simmer it for about 2 minutes.
  6. Top it with fresh-cut onions or fried garlic to add more aroma and provide an outstanding presentation.
  7. Lastly, serve it at your dining table while hot!

Adobo Sa Gata

In this version, you can use pork as the main ingredient of this menu. The only difference between this dish into your original Adobo is the coconut milk you will include. As you notice, the Philippines is one of the most abundant in coconut trees, unlike other countries. As a result, the Filipinos created numerous courses that include coconut milk as an excellent compound. 

creamy adobo sa gata in a red pan
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Coconut milk is one of the tastiest and delightful ingredients that you can use in your recipes. It contains a nutty and creamy taste that can elevate the flavor of your meal. It is not surprising to recognize the tremendous influence of these ingredients in any course because of their savory effect. If the coconut milk releases natural oil release, that’s the time you can serve your menu on your dining table. You can prepare it with steamed rice or other courses that can complement this version.

Here is the list of the ingredients and instructions that you can use and follow to make this cuisine more delightful in making this menu. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork cut into cubes
  • One onion peeled and sliced thinly.
  • One head garlic peeled and minced.
  • Two bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of coconut milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, chilies, garlic, vinegar, and pepper. Mix and marinate the pork in it for at least an hour.
  2. After that, heat the pan and put in the marinated meat, and add the remaining ingredients except for oil.
  3. Give a mix of your pork mixture and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour over lower heat or until pork is ready and tender.
  4. Now, set aside the pork and medium fry it in a separate pan.
  5. Pour the sauce into the cooker, and then add the pork. Simmer it for about 2 minutes.
  6. Afterward, put the cream into the pan and stir until it boils. Top it with fresh-cut onions or fried garlic to add more aroma and provide an outstanding presentation.
  7. Lastly, serve it at your dining table while hot!

Adobo Sa Dilaw

Unlike other recipes, this version is more uncommon for some people. The typical color that we see in making our star dish is somehow dark brown. However, in this version, the color of it is yellowish. This color comes from an ingredient that has a unique color and taste. It’s the ginger. But, it is not the ordinary ginger that you have. Another variety of it can provide extra color and flavor. It is the yellow ginger or turmeric in another name. 

adobong dilaw or adobo in turmeric (in a plate)
(Photo Credits to: Five Shouts Out)

Turmeric is somehow useful for different courses worldwide. Among other countries, India is one of the most fans of using this compound. Still, in the Philippines, they also use it in some dishes like this version of our star dish. You can use pork to make this delicious recipe. It might not be typical to put in this kind of recipe, but surprisingly, it can give others an impression. That is why we include this menu on this list. 

In preparing this version, here are the ingredients and the instructions that you can follow;

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork cut into cubes
  • One onion peeled and sliced thinly.
  • One head garlic peeled and minced.
  • One small turmeric or yellow ginger, sliced.
  • Two bay leaves1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. In a container, combine the soy sauce, chilies, garlic, vinegar, and pepper. Mix and marinate the pork in it for at least an hour.
  2. Heat the pan and put in the marinated pork. Add the remaining ingredients except for oil.
  3. Give a mix of your pork mixture and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes to an hour over lower heat or until pork is ready and tender.
  4. Now, set aside the pork and medium fry it in a separate pan. Saute the turmeric or yellow ginger together.
  5. Pour the sauce into the cooker, and then add the pork. Simmer it for about 2 minutes.
  6. Top it with fresh-cut onions or fried garlic to add more aroma and provide an outstanding presentation.
  7. Serve and enjoy it while hot!

Pineapple version

The sweetness of the pineapple is one of the best flavors to add to your dishes. The sugary and sour taste can counter the salty flavor of various courses like our star dish. Pineapples can upgrade this menu’s savory flavor; that is why many Filipinos are also using it to make their mixture unique and impressive. 

adobo with pineapple chunks in a plate
(Photo Credits to: Five Shouts Out)

However, there are still various courses that don’t suit the taste of pineapple. That is why you need to be careful in including it in your dishes. Yet, you can add pineapples to this menu because it has a good taste with our star dish. Thus, here are the ingredients and the instructions on how you can make this delightful menu. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg pork
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 Pieces bay leaves dried
  • 1 cup of pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups water

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pan and saute garlic and onion in it with medium-high heat temperature. 
  2. When the garlic turns golden brown and the onion becomes translucent, you can now put your pork.
  3. Slightly, stir-fry the pork. 
  4. After that, put the soy sauce and the vinegar. Pour some water to balance the saltiness and sourness of vinegar and the soy sauce.
  5. Bring your mixture to a boil and wait until the pork becomes tender.
  6. Later on, put the remaining ingredients that you want to set. Simmer it to soften all of them.
  7. After 10 minutes, you can now add the pineapple tidbits. 
  8. Cook and simmer it for about 5 to 10 minutes to ensure that all ingredients, including the pineapple’s juices, incorporate completely.
  9. If that’s the case, you can now place it into a bowl and garnish with chopped spring onions or fried garlic.
  10. Enjoy and share this delightful recipe!

Adobo with potatoes

Sometimes there are cases that some individuals put additional ingredients to make their meal more exciting. The extra volume of your food can have a remarkable effect on your entire menu. Plus, it can also provide an additional savory taste to your recipe. That is why considering potatoes in our star dish is also an excellent option.

Moreover, potatoes are one of the most typical ingredients you can see in numerous Filipino courses. Aside from our star dish, many famous cuisines include potatoes on their menu. Potatoes can absorb the flavor of any cuisines that you have. For that reason, many people use this compound to make their dishes more delightful. Besides, carrots are a great partner of this compound. You can include it also if you desire to. 

In making this version, here are the ingredients and the instructions that you need to consider. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of chicken or pork
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Sliced (either big or small pieces)
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 Pieces bay leaves dried
  • Two pieces of big potatoes or more, depending on how much you ought to put.
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups of water

Instructions

  1. Saute your onion and garlic until it turns golden brown and translucent. Ensure that you set your pan into medium-high heat.
  2. Put your chicken or pork into the pan. Please wait until it caramelizes a bit. That way, you can make your ingredients release their delightful relish.
  3. After that, you can now pour the water, soy sauce, and vinegar.
  4. Cook and simmer it for about 20 minutes to 1 hour or until it softens.
  5. After that, put the other flavorings to give a savory effect to your mixture.
  6. Then, add the potatoes. You can also fry it in a separate pan to make it more sweet and soft. That way, you don’t need to simmer it for a long time to get the texture you desire. 
  7. Simmer it for about 5 minutes. Please wait until it reduces the liquid in half.
  8. Afterward, transfer it into a plate or bowl. Garnish it with fried garlic or chopped spring onions.
  9. Then, serve it while it’s hot!

Adobo with egg

The egg is an essential ingredient in numerous courses you have. But for some reason, even if you don’t need it for your dishes, you desire to add a particular extra structure. You can consider it anywhen you ought to. Our star dish is one of the courses where you can add the egg. The saltiness of this meal can provide a savory effect to your eggs. Eggs can absorb any flavor that you put in your mixture. That is why it can also contain a fantastic taste while eating it.

Serving our star dish with an excellent compound like eggs can give you outstanding output. Plus, you can also attract your kids to try this delightful menu. Kids love to eat eggs, that is why it might build their interest if you put it in our star dish. Plus, it also has a nutritional value that can help you to improve their health.

Here is the list of the ingredients and instructions you need to follow to guide you in preparing this beautiful course. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of chicken or pork
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Sliced (either big or small pieces)
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 Pieces bay leaves dried
  • Three whole hard-boiled eggs, or as many as your desire to have
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups of water

Instructions

  1. In a pan where you heated enough oil, saute the onion and garlic until they turn golden brown and translucent.
  2. Add the chicken and the pork. Stir-fry it for a bit and wait until it caramelizes.
  3. Pour the water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Bring it to a boil until your chicken and pork become soft.
  4. When it softens, you can now add the flavorings.
  5. After that, you can now put your hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Simmer it for a bit, and please wait until the liquid reduces in half.
  7. Then, you can now transfer it into a reliable plate or bowl. Garnish it with fried garlic or chopped spring onions.
  8. Serve it while hot!

Adobong Kangkong or water spinach

Vegetables are beneficial when it comes to adding a savory effect to your recipes. Each of them can complement a specific menu that can provide your extraordinary taste. An excellent example of that is this Kangkong dish. The unique taste of it surprisingly works well as one of the varieties of our star dish. You can also add some pork to its mixture because these veggies can complement this ingredient’s taste. You can also add cooking wine and add sweetness to your mix.

Kangkong is one of the vegetables that can tolerate the saltiness of this recipe. It contains a lot of water content that can counter the high salinity of this recipe. Other than that, it is easy to find and to use. For that reason, it can be a convenient meal for everybody. To make this recipe, we provide a list of the ingredients you can use to produce this delightful recipe. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg Kangkong or water spinach, cut in 2 inches per pieces
  • 1/4 kg pork, slice into bite-size
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Sliced (either big or small pieces)
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups water

Instructions

  1. In a hot pan with enough oil, saute onion and garlic. Please wait until they turn golden brown and translucent.
  2. Add the pork and mix it well. When it caramelizes, you can put some water and wait until the pork becomes soft.
  3. After some time, add the Kangkong or water spinach. Simmer it for a few minutes.
  4. After that, add the soy sauce and the vinegar. Close the lid and simmer it again.
  5. Then, add the seasonings after.
  6. Please wait until the liquid reduces in half. Then you can transfer it into your bowl.
  7. You can also garnish it with fried garlic and spring onions.
  8. Serve and enjoy it while it’s hot!

Adobo with oyster sauce and tofu

Sometimes adding extra flavorings can provide an additional savory effect. Like for example, this version of our star dish. Given that the soy sauce can give a salty taste to our star dish. However, the oyster sauce can level up your mixture entirely. Oyster sauce has a unique savory content that you can use in making numerous dishes like our star dish. That is why we include this in this list. 

delicious adobo with oyster sauce in a plate
(Photo Credits to: Five Shouts Out)

The oyster sauce can complement the taste of your meat courses. Plus, there are also some vegetables that you can cook, and adding the oyster sauce to it can provide an extra exceptional taste. An excellent example of that is the Adobong Kangkong, or water spinach. Adding tofu is also a great choice to consider. Tofu can absorb the flavorings that you are pouting in your menu. That is why adding it to your dish is an outstanding option.

Here are some of the ingredients and instructions that you can include and follow to make an excellent version of our star dish recipe. It consists of the following;

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg Kangkong or water spinach, cut in 2 inches per pieces
  • 1/4 kg pork, slice into bite-size
  • 1 cup of tofu
  • 1 Piece onion optional, Sliced (either big or small pieces)
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups water

Instructions

  1. Heat your pan at a medium-high temperature. Put enough oil and saute onion and garlic. 
  2. When your garlic and onion turns golden brown and translucent, put the pork.
  3. Stir it and wait until it caramelizes a bit. Then add enough water to cover your mixture. Bring it to a boil, and please wait until your pork becomes soft.
  4. At the same time, you can fry your tofu in a separate pan. Set it aside and put it into your mixture later on.
  5. Getting back our mixture, when you achieve the softness of your pork, you can now add your Kangkong or water spinach. 
  6. Add a small amount of soy sauce and vinegar. Simmer it for about a few minutes, then put the oyster sauce.
  7. Please wait until your liquid reduces into half, then add the tofu. Mix it well and simmer in a few minutes. 
  8. Afterward, you can now place it into a bowl or on a reliable plate.
  9. Serve it and enjoy it at your dining table!

Sitaw or string beans version

It is another vegetable version of our star dish and uses string beans as the primary ingredient of this variety. Most Filipinos typically serve this String beans recipe at their dining table. Aside from Kangkong, it also contains an outstanding taste that anyone can enjoy. If you are a vegetarian, you can again try this dish. However, just eliminate the pork that we are going to add. 

String beans are one of the most abundant in a tropical country like the Philippines. The production of these vegetables requires more warm weather than cold ones. So, it is not surprising that many Filipinos include this kind of veggies in making different courses like our star dish. String beans are also a type of vegetable that can absorb flavors. Yet, it can also give a relish that can provide a savory effect to your mixture. As a result, you can create an outstanding output to enjoy. 

Here is the list of the ingredients that you need to make your recipe correctly. It also includes instructions that you need to follow. This section consists of the following;

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg string beans, cut in 2 inches per pieces
  • 1/4 kg pork, slice into bite-size
  • 1 Piece onion optional, small sliced 
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups water

Instructions

  1. In a heated pan with enough oil, saute onion and garlic. Ensure that you wait until it turns golden brown and translucent to give an excellent flavor. 
  2. Add the pork and stir-fry it for a bit.
  3. Pour water and bring it to a boil. Please wait until it becomes tender.
  4. After that, put the string beans. Simmer it for about 5 minutes.
  5. Then, pour the soy sauce and vinegar. Cover it and simmer again. Please wait until the liquid reduces in half.
  6. Afterward, place it on a plate or bowl.
  7. Then, you can now top it with fried garlic or spring onions.
  8. Serve it while it is hot! Enjoy!
  9. Serve it and enjoy it at your dining table!

Adobong Puti

This section includes information about another version of our star dish. The color is much more different than the original recipe that we grew up on. However, it also fits in the variety of our star dish. Practically, the used color of our star dish that we perceive is always dark brown. But, the reality hits as when this version appears. It’s most likely the counterpart of our typical star dish that we see growing up. 

In the Philippines, some people have a creative and resourceful mind, creating a unique product. And one of those is this version. As we mention in our star dish’s history, a province in the Philippines has the same recipe as this kind. In Taytay, Rizal, there is a recipe known as Adobong Matanda that is somehow similar and named Adobong Puti. 

Moreover, this mixture eliminates the soy sauce and other ingredients. As for the people there, instead of using soy, they use vinegar, garlic, and peppercorns only. It is quite simple, but it is also a perfect menu that can boost your appetite to keep you from eating more. It might be different in its appearance, but it also contains our star dish’s tasty flavor. 

Here is the list of the ingredients and the instructions you must do to cook this delightful recipe in making this kind of style. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg pork, slice into bite-size
  • 2 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Cup Vinegar or coconut vinegar

Instructions

  1. Bring your pan into a medium-high fire, put enough oil and garlic. Please wait until it turns golden brown.
  2. Add the pork and stir fry it.
  3. Add the seasoning and a small amount of water. One cup is enough. 
  4. Bring your mixture to a boil. You need a constant stirring while cooking this mixture. 
  5. Add the vinegar portion by portion. Ensure that you add your vinegar little by little. Simmer it for about 5 minutes every time, then stir it occasionally.
  6. After you put all your vinegar, please wait until it dries up a little. 
  7. Afterward, place it in your reliable plate or a bowl.
  8. Garnish it with chopped spring onions.
  9. Lastly, serve and enjoy it while it is hot!

Maranao Special

Muslims are one of the people who don’t eat pork. They forbid themselves to consume this course because of their tradition and culture. Instead of pork, they use chicken in their numerous recipes, like this menu. The Maranao Special is one of their versions of our star dish. Given that they don’t eat pork, they also try cooking and substitute chicken for pork. 

They also involve themselves to participate in this kind of festival celebration. Muslims make this Maranao Special as their entry. However, there is a secret about their recipe. They are using a different type of onion that they can only get from Mindanao. It is a particular variety that you can find anywhere aside from Mindanao. They call it Skurab. For them, it’s tastier and flavorful than our typical onion. That is why they believe that cooking their specialty is more savory and aromatic with this compound. 

In making this exquisite menu, they use different ingredients than your usual recipe of making our star dish. In this section, we give you the list of these compounds and instructions to cook them. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Chicken
  • One-piece onion optional, Thinly Sliced
  • One clove of garlic peeled and minced.
  • Two pieces of chilies (Siling Labuyo)
  • Two bay leaves dried.
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Two stems of chopped spring onions (Sakurab)
  • Two pieces of tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pan and fire it with medium-high heat. Put the chicken without the oil. The chicken contains water and natural fats that turn into oil later on.
  2. Add the chilies, garlic, chopped spring onions (Sakurab), bay leaves, black pepper, tomatoes, soy sauce, and cream (coconut milk).
  3. Bring your mixture to a boil. 20 to 40 minutes is the typical time to cook it.
  4. When your mixture dries up, you can now turn off the fire.
  5. You can now place it in a bowl. Garnish with chopped (Sakurab) or spring onions.
  6. Then, serve it while it’s hot!

Eel Version

This version is not familiar to other people because Filipinos use a particular ingredient that many of us are not aware of. This ingredient is the eel. You can use it for preparing our star dish. It’s an uncommon compound that surprisingly can be one of the delicious varieties of this recipe. It is a kind of fish that you can get in most of the fish ponds in Bulacan province. 

In the Municipal of Bulakan, Bulacan, there is a certain kind of eel that you can use to make this version of our star dish. It is slightly smaller than the other type of it and has fewer bones. It is easier to eat because it has tiny and more irregular bones. The firmness of its flavor is unique.

However, the cleaning process of this fish is somehow different from the others. They use ashes that came from the woods that you use in making fire. Putting it in the eel and scrubbing it in each of them is the proper way to clean it. They do it to remove the slime and fishy smell of your eel.

Cutting its head is the proper way to start its cleaning. Slicing its stomach and getting the organ of it. Cut it into small pieces, and don’t wash the blood. They believe that the key to having a tasty eel recipe is from the blood that this ingredient has. And the best thing to eliminate the fishy taste and smell of it is to bring it to a boil with vinegar. 

Furthermore, in this section, we provide the information you can follow to create this kind of recipe. We include the list of the ingredients and the instructions that you need. Below is the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg eel
  • One whole small piece of ginger
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 cup vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 Cups water

Instructions

  1. Use a pot and put the eel inside.
  2. You seasoned it with salt, pepper, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Put the soy sauce and the vinegar. Add a cup of water. 
  4. Bring it to a boil and wait until it cooks. 
  5. In a separate pan, saute garlic and add the eel ingredient. 
  6. Please wait until it dries up.
  7. Then, you can now serve it garnish with chopped spring onions. 
  8. Serve and enjoy it while it’s hot!

Roasted Pork Version

This version is a little bit different than the others. It is not a standard version of our star dish that you usually notice at different dining tables. In preparing this recipe, they are using a big chunk of pork belly as its primary ingredient. They roll it into one piece and cook it. As for the person who starts this recipe, there is no room for a sad face when cooking it. 

You need to have a smiling look while cooking it. Some people believe that you need good energy upon cooking this dish. As for them, the positive energy that you are giving can produce an outstanding savory result. On the contrary, negative energy can also affect it. They believe that if you have a negative aura, it can give sourness to your dish. 

On that note, the requirements that you need in making this version is your positive vibes. Thus, the process of this style is somehow similar to cooking Hamunado. It is a Filipino cuisine that uses pork belly also. They are both using a marinating method to make their pork tastier. So, without any hesitations, let us move forward in processing this delightful recipe.

Here is the list of the ingredients and instructions that you must do upon cooking this delicious meal. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg pork belly
  • Two bay leaves
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black peppercorns and ground pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 cup vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • One cup water
  • 1 tbsp of sugar

Instructions

  1. First, marinate your pork belly into a pan. 
  2. Put all the seasonings and the soy sauce, vinegar, and water into it. 
  3. Open the fire and set it in low heat. Bring it to a boil and wait until it softens.
  4. After that, remove the pork belly from the pan and place it on a plate.
  5. Remove the skin of your pork and add the salt, pepper, and sugar mixture on top.
  6. Set the oven to 100 to 110-degree celsius.
  7. Put the pork belly inside of it. 
  8. Then, if it turns brown, you can remove it.
  9. Slice it very well, topped with the sauce, and garnish with spring onions or dried oregano.
  10. Serve and enjoy it while it is hot!

Bituka ng Bangus version

This version is uncommon for some people because it uses the milkfish’s intestine (Bangus) as its primary ingredient. An excellent example of that is the recipe that people in Balanga, Bataan have. In this place, they use this recipe for their business. They sell a jar of it to make a profit. Also, they buy this ingredient from the dried fish factory.

However, we have its recipe, and now we would like to share it with you. This mixture is unique and exciting to learn. In preparing this compound, removing all the dirt in the intestines’ entire edges is the first thing to do. On the other side, they are boiling the vinegar, water, garlic, and pepper. After cleaning, they bring it to a boil to remove the fishy smell and taste. 

Furthermore, to avoid it separating and become mushy, you need to set your time in the range of 5 minutes to 8 minutes. Strain and drain it. And start the cooking of the version of our star dish. In making this course, here is the list of the ingredients and the instructions that you need. Ensure to follow each of them to have a perfect mixture. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Bituka ng Bangus
  • Two bay leaves
  • 2 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp black ground pepper
  • ½ salt
  • 1 cup vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • One cup water

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pot and put the vinegar, water, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper. Mix it well and add the Bituka ng Bangus. 
  2. Bring it to a boil for about 5 to 8 minutes only.
  3. After that, strain and drain it carefully.
  4. On the other side, prepare a separate pan and put in a generous amount of oil to fry the intestines. 
  5. Saute the garlic and add the Bituka ng Bangus. Please wait until it dries completely.
  6. Drain it to remove the excess oil.
  7. Place it in a large container and cool it down.
  8. Afterward, you can now pack or serve it at your dining table.
  9. Enjoy!

Adobong Isaw ng Baboy

You can include it as one of the exotic dishes that you can have in the Philippines, aside from Higado, Bopis, Papaitan, and many more. This version is famous as a Pulutan and a meal that you can serve at your dining table. Its unique and distinctive taste can boost your appetite to keep you from eating more. It’s unusual for some individuals, but it is a delicious cuisine for the Filipinos to prepare. 

The pork intestine is one of the pig’s easy to find parts but easy to sell. That is why when you desire to cook this kind of recipe, ensure that you buy it early in the morning at your local markets. This ingredient can be a special recipe that you can serve on any occasion that you have.

However, it also contains a strong smell that you need to eliminate because it can also affect your meal’s taste if you did not clean it properly. The best way to remove that matter is to bring it to a boil with salt and some vinegar. Boil it first for about 20 minutes to 30 minutes. After that, you can cut it into slices and prepare it to cook as one of our star dishes. 

To do that, here is the list of the ingredients and instructions to make your recipe more delightful. Just follow every step, and you are good to go. It includes the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Bituka ng Baboy
  • Two bay leaves
  • One piece of onion
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tbsp black ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • One cup water

Instructions

  1. In a pot, put the intestine. Add the vinegar, water, and salt. 
  2. Boil it within 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
  3. After that, drain and wash it with running water.
  4. Slice it into 2 inches long.
  5. In a separate pan, put some oil and saute the onion and garlic. Put the pork intestine after the garlic, and the onion turns golden brown and translucent. 
  6. After some time, add the soy sauce, vinegar, water, and bay leaves.
  7. Cook and bring it to a boil again.
  8. After a few minutes, add the seasonings to give it a flavor.
  9. Please wait until it reduces its liquid.
  10. Then, you can now p[lace it into a plate or a bowl. Garnish it with fried garlic and spring onions.
  11. Serve and enjoy it while it is hot!

Pusit or Squid version

Let us dive into the seafood side of making our star dish. This version uses squid as its primary ingredient. It has a unique savory taste that you can enjoy endlessly. You can elevate our star dish by using it and serve it on any occasion that you have. Apart from that, it is easier to cook.

On the contrary, in using this ingredient, ensure that you clean it properly. This ingredient has a transparent backbone inside of it that you need to remove. Also, remove the mouth at the center part of its tentacles. These two are both unedible. That is why you need to eliminate them properly.

Here is the list of the ingredients that you can use to prepare this delightful meal in making this menu. Also, we include the step by step instructions that you can perform while making this cuisine. Just follow all of it to achieve your goal. It consists of the following;

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of squid
  • One big onion, sliced.
  • One clove of garlic, peeled and diced
  • Two pieces of tomatoes, cut.
  • ½ ground black pepper
  • ½ salt
  • ½ cup of celery
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Heat the pan that you have in your kitchen with a medium-high heat fire. 
  2. Add enough oil and saute onion, tomato, and garlic until it turns golden brown and translucent.
  3. Put the squid and mix them well. Bring it to a boil for about 5 minutes to 10 minutes.
  4. After that, you can now add the water, soy sauce, and vinegar.
  5. After the vinegar cooks thoroughly, you can add the salt and pepper.
  6. Wait until your liquid reduces in half.
  7. Then after that, you can now put the celery. Simmer it for about 2 minutes.
  8. Afterward, you can now place it into a large bowl.
  9. Serve it while hot!

The Nutrients and the Benefits of Each Ingredient that you can Use in Cooking Filipino Adobo

This section contains the list of the ingredients you use to make different kinds of our star dish. We also include the nutrients and the benefits that you can get in each of these compounds. We hope that all the details that we have can help you learn the other side of each of them. So, here is what we got;

Chicken

First thing first, when you hear our star dish, the first ingredient that you have in mind is chicken. It contains a tasty flavor and unique juicy relish that can elevate your recipe into the second level. However, that is not the case. We listed some information about the nutrient content of this compound. Also, the benefits that it can provide. It includes the following;

A raw, skinless chicken breast fillet contains the following;

  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 26 grams
  • Fats: 2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams

Moreover, It also contains other nutrients that can offer you an extra benefit. Some of these are vitamin B12, tryptophan, choline, zinc, iron, and copper. Thus, you can also use this chicken in different ways like shredded in a salad, grilled over rice or vegetables, sliced on a sandwich, a substitute for beef as a burger patty, in a wrap with salsa and hummus, and with pasta and your preferred sauce.

Furthermore, there are also benefits that you can get by eating these ingredients. It consists of the following;

  • It provides vitamins and minerals involved in brain function.
  • It contains nutrients linked with mood.
  • It can strengthen your bones.
  • It can promote heart health.
  • It can contribute to your weight loss.
  • It can build your muscles.

Pork

Aside from chicken, here is another ingredient that you can prepare. This compound has a savory taste that can activate your taste buds instantly. It is also the primary ingredient of numerous Filipino cuisines like our star dish. But, in addition to that, it also offers various nutrients that can help your body. It can give you the best benefit to achieve your desired health. It includes the following;

In 100 grams of this pork, you can obtain the following nutrients:

  • Water: 53%
  • Protein: 25.7 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Fats: 20.8 grams
  • Calories: 297

On the other hand, lean meat’s protein content by fresh weight, cooked meat is around 26%. It can be as high as 86% when it is dry. Protein is necessary for your body’s growth and maintenance because it contains all nine essential amino acids. That is why eating pork is beneficial for bodybuilders, recovery athletes, people post-surgery, or others who need to build up or repair muscles.

Furthermore, it has a fat proportion that ranges from about 10 to 16%. Still, it can be higher depending on trimming. Like the other red meat, pork is primarily composing saturated fats and unsaturated fats present in approximately equal amounts.

An excellent example of that is, in 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of this pork, you can have the following fat content;

  • Saturated: 7.7 grams
  • Monounsaturated: 9.3 grams
  • Polyunsaturated: 1.9 grams

Thus, ruminant animals like beef and lamb are somehow dissimilar from the pork’s fatty acid structure. It gives low conjugated linoleic acids and is rich in unsaturated fats.

Aside from its excellent protein source, it is also a good source of vitamins and minerals. Below are the following extra nutrients that you can obtain in having this meat.

  • Thiamine – is a B vitamin that contains a vital role in numerous bodily functions. And dissimilar to beef and lamb, pork is rich in thiamine.
  • Selenium –  derived foods like meat, egg, seafood, and dairy products are excellent sources of this mineral.
  • Zinc – is an example of a mineral that consists of a continuous critical role in brain function and the immune system. 
  • Vitamin B12 – it contains a vital role in brain function and blood formation. The absence of this vitamin can cause anemia and harm to neurons. 
  • Vitamin B6 – is another vitamin B that is crucial in the formation of red blood cells.
  • Niacin – is a vitamin B3 and contains an essential role in growth and metabolism.
  • Phosphorus – is a massive component of people’s diets. It also has a vital role in growth and maintenance.
  • Iron – dissimilar from beef and lamb. It consists of a smaller count of iron. Yet, the constant absorption of iron from your digestive tract is very orderly. For that reason, you can say that pork is a good source of iron.

Furthermore, considering that this ingredient contains many nutrients, some other compounds can provide numerous benefits that can help your body obtain stable health. It includes the following;

  • Creatine – is an energy origin of your muscles. It can enhance muscle growth and maintenance. For that reason, it is one of the most famous supplements for bodybuilders. 
  • Taurine – is a kind of nutrient that you can have from fish and meat. It is an antioxidant amino acid that your body needs. It might be beneficial for heart and muscle functions in dietary intake.
  • Glutathione – is a kind of antioxidant that you can obtain from meat. Still, it can manufacture in your body also.
  • Cholesterol – is a sterol compound that you can obtain from meat and other derived meals like eggs and dairy products. However, control of cholesterol intake is preferable. 

Coconut cream 

Given its taste, this fruit can provide an excellent savory effect to your meal that can activate your taste buds to eat more and more. Yet, it also has a lot of nutrients that can help you to have a healthy body. It includes the following;

In one cup of raw, canned coconut milk, you can obtain the following nutritional value;

  • Calories: 445
  • Water: 164.71 grams
  • Protein: 4.57 grams
  • Fat: 48.21 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 6.35 grams
  • Calcium: 41 milligrams
  • Potassium: 497 milligrams
  • Magnesium: 104 milligrams
  • Iron: 7.46 milligrams
  • Vitamin C: 2.30 milligrams

On the contrary, in one cup of sweetened coconut milk, you can get the following;

  • Calories: 74
  • Water: 226.97 grams
  • Protein: 0.50 grams
  • Fat: 4.99 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7.01 grams
  • Calcium: 451 milligrams
  • Potassium: 46 milligrams

On the other hand, this compound also has some benefits that you can get. It includes the following;

  • It can boost your immune system.
  • It can help in losing weight.
  • It also has a substance that can reduce the cholesterol level of your body.

Ginger

It is an essential ingredient that can bring a special savory effect to your dish. Ginger has a strong aroma and unique taste that can produce a flavorful taste to your recipe. Still, it has benefits that are good for achieving a healthy body. It includes the following:

  • It has gingerol, which contains potent medicinal properties.
  • It can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness.
  • It May help with reducing weight.
  • It can help with osteoarthritis.
  • It can lower your blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors.
  • It can help treat chronic indigestions.
  • Stimulating menstruation pain
  • It may help cholesterol levels.
  • It contains a substance that can help to prevent cancer.
  • It may improve brain function and protect you against Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • It also helps to fight infections.

Calamansi

It is one of the citrus fruits that you use as a typical course enhancer in making various dishes. It has a generous amount of Vitamin C and other nutrients that are excellent for your body. Some people use it as their juice to boost their immune system for about generations until now. Thus, Calamansi has a high acidity content. A lot of people also drink this as a compound for the stomach. 

Furthermore, this citrus fruit has a lot of benefits to give. It includes the following;

  • It can bleach the skin.
  • It may fight inflammation.
  • Aids in collagen production
  • It may boost your immune system.
  • It can reduce mucus.
  • It can regulate glucose, insulin, and cholesterol levels.
  • It can also detoxify your body.

On the other hand, here is the list of the possible side effects of consuming too much of it. It includes the following;

  • Stomach issues

The Calamansi juice can give you the best benefits for some reasons. Still, in some instances, too much of it can also provide problems at the same time. Besides, it can give your stomach an extreme toughness, as it allows for chemicals that shrink the body tissues and intense sourness. This stomach ache may include acid reflux, cramping, upset stomach, and diarrhea, most especially if you have a sensitive stomach and gut from the start.

  • Kidney problems

The kidney is an essential organ that we have in our body. For that reason, you need to take care of it. However, stimulating urination with such hard diuretics as Calamansi juice can be damaging, so considering this information might help you make things right.

  • Tooth enamel decay

The acid content of Calamansi can affect your teeth for some reason. It can remove stains from your teeth. Still, too much can damage its structure. You can use metal and glass straw to avoid any complications. Eliminate using plastic straw; you can get the chemical substance because of the acidity of this fruit.

  • Soy sauce

Soy sauce is a product that uses fermented soybean and wheat and contains a dark brown, black color and a salty taste, unlike other liquid compounds. This product is more appealing when you use it in making numerous courses. You can also use this product for cooking many dishes like our star dish.

On the other hand, it also has nutrients that can help you achieve an outstanding healthy body. High amounts of protein and carbohydrates in the volume are some of the compounds you can get from it. The fermentation and aging procedure can provide almost 300 blends of substance, creating a unique aroma, flavor, and color. This ingredient also consists of alcohol, sugar, amino acid-like glutamic acid, and even organic acid like lactic acid.

On the contrary, the downside of soy sauce is that it has a high sodium level, which can trigger high blood pressure. Yet, controlling this liquid seasoning intake can also provide a positive output. 

String beans

It is a kind of vegetable that you can use in making numerous courses, like in our star dish. Aside from its delightful taste, are you aware that this veggie contains a lot of nutrients? Yes, that is right. This section concerns the compounds that you can get from it. It includes the following;

In one cup of raw string beans, you can have the following;

  • Calories: 27 mg
  • Iron: 1.03 milligrams
  • Magnesium: 25 milligrams
  • Phosphorus: 38 mg
  • Potassium: 211 milligrams
  • Zinc: 0.24 milligrams

In the canned of it, you can have the following;

  • Calories: 28
  • Fat: 0.55 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 5.66 grams
  • Fiber: 2.6 grams
  • Sugar: 1.94 grams
  • Protein: 1.42 grams
  • Calcium: 17 milligrams
  • Iron: 1.2 milligrams
  • Magnesium: 18 milligrams
  • Phosphorus: 30 milligrams
  • Potassium: 130 milligrams
  • Vitamin A: 24 micrograms
  • Vitamin K: 52.5 micrograms
  • Folate: 32 micrograms

On the other hand, you can obtain the following benefits;

  • It can sustain your energy.
  • Good for the eyesight
  • Great for your skin, nails, and hair
  • Contributes to bone health
  • Protects you from free radical damage
  • Has detox effect
  • Boost heart health

Tomato 

Tomatoes are one of the fruits that you can include in cooking different menus. It contains a sweet and sour taste that can convert to a tasty ingredient that gives a flavorful savor. Even so, it also includes a lot of nutrients that can provide various benefits to your body. These nutrients include the following;

In 100 grams of tomato, you can obtain the following;

  • Calories: 18
  • Water: 95%
  • Protein: 0.9 grams
  • Carbs: 3.9 grams
  • Sugar: 2.6 grams
  • Fiber: 1.2 grams
  • Fats: 0.2 grams

Moreover, this fruit also has other nutrients like vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, and potassium. It also has some plant compounds like lycopene, beta carotene, naringenin, and chlorogenic acid.

Besides, here are some of the benefits that you can get from it;

  • It can control your blood pressure.
  • It can help you to prevent the risk of heart diseases.
  • It can help you to avoid blood clotting.
  • It can also strengthen your bones.
  • It can maintain average tissue growth and cell functions.

Potatoes 

Potato is a kind of root craft that you can consider as an ingredient in your menus. It also contains a particular savory flavor that is a perfect absorber in any meals you like, including our star dish. Thus, aside from the taste and flavor, you can also obtain nutrients with an excellent function on your health. Here are the following;

In 100 grams of potatoes, you can collect the following;

  • Calories: 87
  • Water: 77%
  • Protein: 1.9 grams
  • Carbs: 20.1 grams
  • Sugar: 0.9 grams
  • Fiber: 1.8 grams
  • Fats: 0.1 grams

On that note, it also contains some nutritional value that you might not need, like other vegetables. Some of them are vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Plus, it also consists of other plant compounds, including chlorogenic acid, catechin, lutein, and glycoalkaloids. 

These root crafts can also provide the following benefits;

  • It can help you to lower your blood pressure.
  • It can help you to maintain your brain functioning and nervous system health.
  • It can strengthen your immune system.
  • It can prevent inflammation.
  • It can help you to digest the course properly.
  • It can lessen the risk of heart disease.
  • It can help you to restore electrolyte balance.
  • It might reduce colon cancer—based on studies.

Peppercorns

In Filipino cuisines, this spice is one of the most essential to have. It contains a unique and distinctive taste and aroma that can provide a savory effect to your menu, like in our star dish. Hence, aside from that, you can also obtain some nutrients to benefit your body the most. For that reason, we listed some of those nutrients below. It consists of the following;

In one teaspoon of peppercorns, you can have the following;

  • Calories: 6
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 1 grams
  • Fiber: 1 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
  • Sodium: 0 milligrams

Plus, you can also have the following vitamins and minerals;

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Thiamine (B1)
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Chromium

Moreover, here are some benefits that you can have from peppercorns. It includes the following;

  • It is high in antioxidants.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It may benefit your brain health.
  • It may improve blood sugar control.
  • It may lower your cholesterol level.
  • It may have cancer-fighting properties.
  • It can boost the absorption of nutrients.
  • It may promote gut health.
  • It may offer pain relief.
  • It may reduce appetite.
  • It is a versatile spice.

Onion

It is another essential ingredient that is always present in cooking numerous Filipino cuisines. It has a strong taste and aroma that can contribute a lot to your menus’ tasty flavor, like our star dish. Still, it is also full of nutrients that have an excellent function in our body. Here is the list of those compounds. 

In 100 grams of onion, you can have the following;

  • Calories: 40
  • Water: 89%
  • Protein: 1.1 grams
  • Carbs: 9.3 grams
  • Sugar: 4.2 grams
  • Fiber: 1.7 grams
  • Fat: 0.1 grams

Moreover, you can also obtain some vitamin and mineral content from it. It includes the following;

  • Vitamin C – is a kind of antioxidant that focuses on immune function and skin and hair maintenance.
  • Folate (B9) – is water-soluble that has a vital role in cell growth and metabolism and essential in pregnant women.
  • Vitamin B6 – is a vitamin involved in the formation of red blood cells.
  • Potassium – is vital to lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Furthermore, It also has some other plant compounds that might benefit your body in some ways. It includes the following;

  • Anthocyanins – are a substance that you can only get from the red and purple onion. It is a kind of powerful antioxidant and pigments that can provide reddish color to the onions.
  • Quercetin – is another antioxidant flavonoid. It also can lower your blood pressure and improves your heart health.
  • Sulfur compounds – it is sulfides and polysulfides that can protect you from cancer. 
  • Thiosulfinates – are sulfur-containing compounds that may inhibit harmful microorganisms’ growth and avoid blood clots’ formation.

Notably, here are some benefits that you can obtain from the onion. It consists of the following;

  • It is rich in antioxidants.
  • It may protect you from cancer.
  • It can improve bone density.
  • It can also offer healthy digestion.
  • It can help you to lower your cholesterol.
  • It can also enhance your sugar regulation.

Squid

It is a kind of seafood that you can prepare in different courses, like our star dish. It has a delicious taste that can give you the taste of the sea vibes. It can provide a sweet and salty relish that can boost your appetite into the second level. However, aside from that, it also consists of numerous nutritional values that can help you have stable health. It includes the following;

In 4 ounces of raw squid, you can have the following;

  • Calories: 104
  • Protein: 18 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Moreover, this ingredient is a part of the family of oysters, scallops, and octopus. Many individuals serve this as fried, which is famous as calamari. However, squid’s fat content can increase due to the kind of oil you use in frying it. Also, it is high in saturated fat or trans fat, and again, it depends on the type of oil you are using upon frying it. 

Apart from that, there are some benefits that you can obtain from squid. It includes the following;

  • It is rich in protein.
  • It can help to lose weight.
  • It has low calories.
  • It can offer Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • It contains vitamins and minerals that stabilize your health.

Best Served with

adobo ingredients: vinegar, soy sauce, onion, garlic, bay leaf, pepper
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This section contains the list of the possible partners of our star dish. These courses can provide excellent chemistry that can boost your appetite to keep you from eating more. Here are the following menus that can complement our star dish. It includes the following;

  • Steamed rice

Filipino cuisines are not complete without rice. That is why it is the first on our list. The combination of these two meals can provide an excellent savory effect to everybody. The plain taste of this meal can counter the saltiness of our recipe. As a result, it gives an addictive product that you cannot resist. 

  • Fried chicken

Besides other fried meals, this chicken menu has excellent chemistry with our salty recipe. These two can be an outstanding combo that can elevate your appetite ultimately. The dryness of the fried chicken can incorporate the mixture of our star dish. For that reason, it becomes an excellent partner.

  • Nilagang Baboy

Stew has excellent chemistry in any dish that you can cook. The simple mixture of it can bring you a more savor effect every time. This stew recipe can lessen the saltiness of our star dish. That is why many people choose this combination mostly.

  • Chopsuey 

It is a kind of menu that consists of different vegetables. It has a simple mixture but can give you an excellent savory flavor. This meal has an outstanding combo in every salty recipe, like our star dish. Each of the vegetables that you use in it can complement the intense flavor of our meal. That is why many individuals are serving this kind of combo together.

  • Sinampalukang Manok

It is one of the stew menus that you can try in the Philippines. It has a unique style of cooking and has a different flavor among other courses. It contains a sour taste that can electrify your taste buds in the right way. The combination of these two has excellent chemistry that can complement each other intently. The contrasting flavor of each of them turns to be fantastic and addictive at the same time. That is why including it in your menu is exceptional to consider.

  • Patis with Sili

The dipping sauce is the most essential when you serve your dining table courses, especially in Filipino cuisines. Pinoy is famous for having salty meals, but they also popularize having salty dipping sauce, especially Patis. Aside from that, adding chili is also an excellent idea to consider. The spiciness of the chili can give you an additional kick to make your recipe more flavorful. Also, it can activate your taste buds instantly. As a result, you can keep eating more and more.

  • Carbonated drinks

Eating is much better with cold drinks besides. The carbonated beverages can provide an extra palatable taste that can attract you to more and more courses to inhale. It is like the final step to appreciate the meal that you eat. The burping effect of these carbonated beverages can complete the feeling that you have after eating. That is why many people choose to drink it. It can also counter the saltiness of the mixture like in our star dish. The sweetness of it can lessen your menu’s salinity content, which is why you can consider it as an excellent option to have. 

  • Shanghai

It is a kind of fried meal that contains an outstanding taste. The chemistry of these two can give a fantastic savory that makes you longing into it, somehow. The crispy and crunchy texture of Shanghai can provide a great impression to anybody. Plus, it can also absorb the saltiness of our star dish instantly. So, including it is an excellent option.

Conclusion

We have come this far. We hope that you appreciate the things that this cuisine can offer. Apart from its flavor and savory taste, we also include some information to understand this fantastic recipe. Not only that but also the nutrients that each of the ingredients can give you has the best part of this blog.

Nowadays, many people are so curious about the meal they are taking, that is why we have come up with the idea of including the list of the ingredients and the nutrients and benefits this menu can offer. Besides, we also consider the different variables that you can choose in making our star dish. Each of them can also provide an incredible flavor that can suit you the most. They might look different from one another, but they have the same feature that can bring so much enjoyment to everybody. 

To give it an end, we thank you for joining us in this kind of exploration. We hope that we help you to choose the right recipe that you ought. So, what are you waiting for? Go and grab the spatula that you have and start cooking. Enjoy eating!

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Best Pork and Chicken Adobo Recipe

If there will be a national food in the Philippines; it will adobo. All Filipinos are surely crazy about this dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Chicken Recipes, Pork Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 450kcal
Cost $5-$20

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pork cut into serving pieces
  • 1 lb Chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 3/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cooking Oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 pc Bay Leaf

Instructions

  • In a casserole, combine pork and chicken with garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and water.
  • Add pepper and bay leaf. Simmer for 45 minutes over medium to low heat.
  • Remove chicken from the casserole and leave the pork. Boil for about 15 minutes over low heat.
  • Then put-in the chicken again in the casserole and cook for another 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Fry the pork and chicken for 5 minutes or until the meat turns half brown.
  • Then remove the oil from the pan and pour the cooked sauce. Boil for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve while hot! Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1730mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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