If the Philippines has a National dish, that would be Adodo. It is the most popular and well loved comfort food of all. Every Filipino family has their own recipe and way of cooking adobo. The basic ingredients for this dish are – chicken or pork or a combination of both, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and dry laurel leaf. The ratio of soy sauce and vinegar really depends on one’s personal taste and preference. Some like it cooked a bit dry and some with more sauce.

You can get creative by adding other ingredients like mushrooms which is my personal favorite, hard boiled egg and potatoes. The possibilities are endless.

Just combine all the ingredients in a pot and simmer until meat is tender. You can strain the meat from the sauce and fry till golden brown. You then return the sauce to the pan and cook till a bit thickened. This step is optional but will give the dish an added depth of flavor.


I made pork adobo with mushrooms for last Thursday’s dinner. We almost always eat this with rice.