How To Cook The Best Adobong Sitaw

While Adobong Sitaw is not something that Alta Sociedad would appreciate as it’s kind of cheap, this probably is the best way to turn the simple string beans into a delicious dish. 

Thus, imagine eating something appetizing without breaking the bank or without even feeling that you’ve spent money on it. 

Minus the add-ons: meat or fish, you’ll spend less than a hundred pesos to make a 4-serving Adobong Sitaw if you are buying the ingredients in the Philippines, but the cost differs if you are in the states or other parts of the world. Thus, it’s for you to know.

So, I learned this dish from my mom during that one afternoon that we didn’t have anything to eat, and my mom was just smart enough to realize that we had a lot of string beans in the fridge.

Then, she thought why not make Adobo but instead of meat, she would use String Beans. Well, just a disclaimer: it might not have been my mom’s original recipe.

I was too young at that time, so I didn’t appreciate at first, but now that I’m all grown up, I like it a lot. Fortunately, I still vividly remember how it’s done, so today, I’m going to share it with you. 

Before the recipe is uncovered, let me first discuss a lot of things about Adobong Sitaw.

Do you wanna eat something you don’t have any idea about? No, of course.

What Is Adobong Sitaw?

Sure you have heard a lot of good things about Adobo, be it Pork or Chicken, but what you are clueless about is this variation. Adobong Sitaw is a vegetable-based type of Adobo.

adobong sitaw with chopped pork in a wide bowl
(Photo Credits to: Kawaling PINOY)

Usually, it is either Adobong Manok or Baboy with a little vegetable add-on, but this time, the main cast is the vegetable itself. You might be doubtful whether it can pull off the desired balance of flavor, but the bland taste of string beans blends perfectly with spices and ingredients of Adobo.

With a little meat whether ground pork or chicken, it’s surely is something tasty and healthy. 

Benefits Of The Most Dominant Adobong Sitaw Ingredient: 

When it comes to cooking and preparing this dish, it’s not something to worry about as this is a kind of dish that requires cheap and healthy ingredients. This is the kind of Adobo that you will have no guilty feelings while enjoying its tasty flavors, especially because of the string beans!

adobong sitaw with pork
(Photo Credits to: salu-salo)

String Beans

Although this vegetable is not for people who have osteoporosis because this has a substance called phytates that prevents your bones from absorbing the needed calcium, this definitely has more good benefits than bad.

Vitamin K

This is a much-needed vitamin to provide proteins needed by the bones to absorb calcium.

Vitamin C

This is an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system.

Rich in Fiber

Fiber helps manage the body’s use of sugars, keeping hunger and blood sugar under control.

Less Calories

This is perfect for people on a diet as this vegetable is low in calories

Helps Prevent Infection

This is a good source of nutrients that prevents body infections.

And there are many more benefits of this vegetable. Those mentioned above are just some of them.

Is Adobong Sitaw Procedure Complicated?

This question might pop-up when planning to prepare this dish, but to tell you, this one is no different from the usual Adobo, but this dish is faster to make as the string beans aren’t cooked in the way you cook Pork or Chicken.

It, actually, takes 30 to 40 minutes to cook this dish. It just takes 6-7 easy steps to satisfy your craving for a healthier Adobo Variation.

Poorly Cooked Adobong Sitaw

When do you say that the dish is poorly cooked? The answer is when there’s something wrong with the taste. Below are some of the mistakes you may make when making Adobong Sitaw, and because we are generous, we are giving you tips on how to fix those mistakes.

Too bland

Blandness happens in Adobo when there’s too much water in the sauce mixture. Fret not as it’s easy to counteract. Just add a pinch of salt. If that doesn’t work, make a little mixture again of soy sauce, water, vinegar and spices, then pour it to your already cooked Adobong Sitaw. 

Too Salty

Having a dish that’s too salty is the worst result we can get. Adobo is subject to having too salty taste, especially because of the dominant agent, soy sauce. If your dish turns out to be too salty.

Then, add water and vinegar to restore the balance. 

Too Sour

Sure you will frown when your eat something sour, but you will frown more if your dish tastes like it when it’s not supposed to be like it. Thus, when your Adobong Sitaw becomes too sour, the remedy would be to add sweetness to it. Add sugar and taste until there’s balance already.

Interesting Things to Know About String Beans in Adobong Sitaw

You think you know it all but you don’t. String beans might look plane and ordinary, but stil, there are things you don’t know about it. Thus, below are some interesting facts about it.

string beans in a bowl
(Photo Credits to: Cooking LSL)
  1. Although it’s mildly toxic, string beans can be eaten raw, and that fact has been existing for many centuries.
  2. String bean has a scientific name of Phaseolus vulgaris.
  3. From planting to harvesting, it only takes 45 to 60 days, making it a type of vegetable that grows too fast.
  4. There’s Green Bean Festival every last Saturday of July in the city of Blairsville, Georgia.
  5. Green Beans are often boiled, steamed, baked or stir-fried in casseroles.

Simple Tips in Cooking Adobong Sitaw

Definitely, you need to hear these tips. Read on!

  1. When making a mixture for Adobo Sauce, do the taste-then-add trick to know if the balance is already there and to avoid blandness, saltiness, etc.
  2. You can add shrimps and ground pork or chicken to add a meaty flavor to your Adobong Sitaw.

Perfect Partners for  Adobong Sitaw

Every dish has its own buddies, and Adobong Sitaw is just like any dish. Though it tastes just fine alone, partners just make things better as they say two-is better than one. Thus, below is a list of possible partners of this dish. 

  • Steamed Rice – the steamed hot rice just goes with almost any dish, and that’s just it.
  • Fried Fish – the Adobong Sitaw is Saucy in nature, so it’s logical to have a partner that’s fried and dry.
  • Fried Eggs – for breakfast, fried eggs and Adobong Sitaw satisfy your tummy.
  • Pork Chop – Again, dry and fried dishes are just perfect partners for this dish, and with Pork Chop oily and meaty vibes, the simplicity of Adobong Sitaw blend with it, especially if there is no ground Pork or Chicken in Your Adobo.
  • Boiled Eggs – When Adobong Sitaw is cooked already, you can add hard-boiled eggs to it. Having hard-boiled eggs answers your problem with too saltiness of your dish in case.
  • Leche flan – the sweetness of Leche Flan makes a perfect dining table experience ending. Desserts are like Thanos’ Snaps. It eliminates the unnecessary distastefulness or bad after tastes of any dishes.
  • Chicharon – steamed rice with Adobong Sitaw all over it is just perfect if you accompany it with Fried Pork Rinds.


We hope that this information can help you create your version of these recipes at the end of this section. Those guidelines above are the details that you can perform and consider in making this extraordinary meal. 

Preparing these courses can give you an extra plate on your table that can provide an excellent savory meal that you can enjoy with your family. That is why we assure you that these recipes are worth trying. Plus, we also include some troubleshooting that you can perform in some instances that is unavoidable. It can help you resolve a specific problem that sometimes needs more attention to resolve quickly. 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the spatula and try it. Spread this cuisine and enjoy every last spoon of it. Enjoy eating!

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Best Adobong Sitaw Recipe

This section contains information about the ingredients and the instructions you need to make this delightful meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Vegetable recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 95kcal
Cost $5-$20


  • 2 bunch String beans cut into 2-inch long
  • 1/2 cup Pork thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 pc Onion big size, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 3/4 cup Water


  • Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic and onions. Then, add the pork and black pepper. Stir well for 5 minutes.
  • Add the string beans and soy sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the vinegar and water. Cover the pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve while hot!


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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