Filipino adobo – Taste of the PhilippinesUntagged
One of the most famous dishes in the Philippines is the Filipino Adobo. Considered as the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, the Adobo is as famous as the Filipino hospitality when you talk about Philippines all over the world. It is like, if you’re a Filipino, everybody expects you to know how to cook Filipino adobo, and you better be good, don’t you dare to tarnish the good reputation of this famous Filipino dish.
The main ingredients of a classic Filipino Adobo are Vinegar, Garlic, Soy sauce, Laurel leaves, whole or cracked peppercorn, and a bit of sugar (optional). Adobo comes from the Spanish word Adobar which means to marinate. The initial process of cooking Adobo is to marinate the meat in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and peppercorn. Then add some water on the marinade and slowly boil, cook until tender and add the rest of the ingredients. Two ways of cooking adobo is to cook it with lots of sauce, or to cook it until the sauce thickens and the oil comes out. Either way, it is best to enjoy adobo with steamed white rice.
Origins of Filipino Adobo
It is believed that the Filipino Adobo originated from the needs of Filipinos to preserve the meat. With the absence of refrigerator and freezer at that time, it is a problem for them on how to make the fresh meats last longer. During those time, people butchered their pigs, cows and chickens for the festivities which sometimes lasted for a week or more, they have to develop a cooking method that will make meat last longer without getting spoiled. And that is the start of Filipino Adobo, because the main ingredient is vinegar, it serves as preservative and the resulting dish is not only tasty but tastes much better as it stays longer and being reheated several times.
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Types of Filipino Adobo
Filipino Adobo became a versatile recipe in Filipino cuisine. Aside from pork, chicken or beef, even vegetables, and seafoods are now being cooked as Filipino Adobo:
- Adobong Kangkong (Philippine Spinach)
- Adobong Sitaw (String Beans)
- Adobong Pusit (Squid)
- Adobong Tahong (Mussels)
- Adobong mani (Peanut)
- Adobong Labong (Bamboo Shoot)
- Adobo fried rice
Even popular snacks have Adobo flavors like Popcorn, Potato Chips, Tortillas, Corn flakes and any kind of crackers.
Top 3 restaurants to try Filipino Adobo in Canada
1. Plato Filipino
Address: 5175 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8, Canada
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2. Adobo Experience
3. Adobo Grill
The versatility of Filipino Adobo makes it not only a dish but an expression. Filipino Adobo has different versions in every part of the Philippines, and in every person who will cook it. Nevertheless, Filipino Adobo will always be a representation Filipino’s basic qualities: Dependable, Versatile, Resilient, and Comforting.