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.
Afritada is a Filipino tomato based stew. I believe this is one of the many Spanish influenced dishes that we have. It is meat (pork and chicken are commonly used) braised in tomatoes, onions, garlic with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. Tomato paste is then added with broth or water. Lola (my maternal grandmother) does not like to use tomato sauce as she finds it too sour. Bay leaf, salt and pepper are used to season. My family always include vinegar in our “afritada” recipe, I remember my mom and lola saying that this is what makes it different from “Menudo“.
Each family in the Philippines usually have their own recipe or way of making this dish. My recipe may differ from others but this is what makes Filipino cooking interesting.
The trinity of Filipino cooking – garlic, onions and tomatoes. The rest of the ingredients I used are potatoes, carrots and red bell pepper.
Meat of choice, you may use chicken or beef.
Dinner is served, pork afritada over rice.
This is an updated version of this recipe. I added some Spanish chorizo after placing the carrots and potatoes in the simmering stew to give the dish added flavor.