Tuesday 11 January 2011


Adobo is probably the most popular Filipino dish, maybe even the undeclared national dish. It is a true Filipino concoction that goes as far back as pre-Spanish times. The original adobo has the basic ingredients of garlic and vinegar, which helps keep it from spoiling even without refrigeration. The coming of the Chinese to the Philippines brought about the addition of soy sauce.

It so well loved, cooked and eaten most often in every part of the country. It is the one dish that every one knows how to make. 

There are probably as many versions of adobo as there are islands in the Philippines. I'm sure another one won't hurt. This version of adobo is crisp fried then topped with sauce and sprinkled with fried garlic and chives. The addition of mushrooms and oyster sauce gives it a Chinese twist. Despite the variance, the essence of adobo still remains.


800 gms. skinless pork belly rashers, cut in 3" lengths
8 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsps. oyster sauce
2 tbsps. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsps. white wine vinegar (or any white vinegar)
3-4 dried Chinese mushrooms
1/2  tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsps. brown sugar
1 tsp. dark soy sauce
1 egg white
1tsp. salt
2 tbsps. water
corn flour for dredging
oil for frying
1 tbsps. chopped chives


Soak the dried mushrooms in boiling water to soften. 

In a skillet, marinate the pork pieces in oyster sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, light soy sauce, black pepper, 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and half of the garlic. Leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes. 

Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until tender, for about an hour. The liquid can be topped up with the mushroom liquid if it gets too dry. The meat should be fork tender but not falling apart. 

Take the meat out of the sauce (reserve the sauce for later). 

Dredge the cooked pieces of pork lightly in corn flour, shaking off the excess. 

Beat the egg white with the 2 tbsps. of water and the 1 tsp. of salt. Dip the coated pork pieces in this before again dredging in corn flour. Shake off the excess corn flour. 

Heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok. Shallow fry the pork pieces in medium heat until crisp and golden brown in color. Drain on kitchen paper, then transfer to a serving dish. 

In a clean pan or wok, heat up 2 tbsps. of oil (you can use the same oil the pork was fried in) and fry the garlic on low heat until golden. Skim off the fried garlic and set aside. 

Add the remaining 2 tbsps. of brown sugar to the same pan and stir until melted. Add the reserved sauce and the 1 tsp. of dark soy sauce. 

Drain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Rinse in cold water before sqeezing dry. Cut into thin strips and add to the sauce. Reduce until medium thick. Check the seasonings. 

To serve, drizzle the sauce on the pork pieces then sprinkle with the fried garlic and chives. Serve.

All rights reserved ©Adora's Box Copyright 2011. 

Please support Adora's Box by making your Amazon.com and mymemories.com (use the code STMMMS55174) purchases from this site. Click on their respective banners to proceed to their websites. It will not cost you a single cent more but will help sustain this blog. Thank you.

You might also like
Crispy Pork Binagoongan
Chilli Garlic Pork
Stir Fried Green Beans Adobo
Thanks for dropping by. It would be nice if we could meet up on FACEBOOK or TWITTER


  1. How creative, Adora! You've given Adobo a Chinese twist. I think I'm going to love this version!

  2. I've never tried making adobo before, but this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. This is a novel idea for cooking adobo. Annie is right it's adobo with a chinese twist. Did you come across the article of New York Times on How TO Make Adobo? you should submit this one too, as this is an interesting take on our beloved ADOBO!

  4. I need to try adobo - your recipe sounds amazing! I'd love to try it!

  5. I'll have adobo anyway, anytime! And this one is a must try!

  6. That is so funny, I have never associated Adobo with Filipino cuisine, but I still love it!

  7. I love adobo. I was introduced to it by a sweet gal from the Philippines years ago. Your version looks incredible.

  8. I had heard about this dish but so far never tried them. Love the addition of mushroom in the recipe, looks yum!


  9. yummy.... thanks for the tips.


Did you like this post? I'd love to hear your thoughts...

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.