Tender falling-apart Chicken Adobo in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce and served over rice. The quintessential dish of the Philippines.
By Shannon Lim
If April Bloomfield (chef and co-owner of 3 Michelin starred restaurants) deemed Filipino adobo worthy to be included in her “A Girl and Her Pig” cookbook, then you must definitely give adobo a try. At least once. Adobo, a tangy, salty dish of stewed meat in soy sauce and vinegar, is ‘the’ quintessential dish of the Philippines. Some even name it the unofficial national dish.
There are several variations out there on how to cook adobo and it all comes down to your own personal preference . The traditional way of cooking this dish is real easy, dump everything in a pot or wok and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, usually eaten with rice.
I chose the method of adding the vinegar at the end of the cooking time, instead of letting the meat cook in it. When marinated or cooked in harsh acids for long periods of time, the meat becomes dry and nobody likes a dry piece of meat. Adding vinegar at the last 10 minutes of cooking will yield tender falling-apart chicken in a tangy, vinegary garlic sauce, that is neither too sour or salty.
Shannon's kitchen is her playground and creative outlet, where she loves to experiment with recipes. As a Malaysian, her food influences are mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine but her curiousity in other culture lead to cross cultural cooking. On her blog JustAsDelish.com, she pursue her mission in creating healthy and delish food.