Classic Adobo Recipe

Apr 30

There are probably 500 ways to cook adobo but the one that is most familiar to the children is the adobo with vinegar and soy sauce. I call it my classic adobo recipe because I also cook white adobo.


Here is my usual adobo recipe.


1 kilo pork shoulder or loin cut in 1/2 inch cubes (variation: use half chicken and half pork)
1/3 cup vinegar
2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 small bay leaf
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoon cooking oil


1. Combine all ingredients except cooking oil and let stand for at least 30 minutes. The longer the marination, the more flavorful.

2. Simmer covered for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Stir occasionally and make sure meat does stick to the pan. Liquid will reduce and thicken. Drain and keep sauce to the side.

3. Heat cooking oil in a pot. Brown the meat on all sides. Transfer to a serving dish.

4. Pour off the remaining oil from the the pot. Add the sauce in number 2 and cook for two more minutes while scraping off some of the meat that adhered to the pot.

5. Pour sauce over meat. Serve hot.

Taste Variation

1. Use all the ingredients except the Soy sauce.

2. Add more garlic, salt and vinegar instead. This is what we call the white adobo.

3. Add 1 more tablespoon of sugar if you desire a sweeter taste.

4. Add more vinegar if you want your adobo to keep longer.

5. Adobo tastes better a day after it is cooked because all the ingredients and flavorings have seeped in.

You might also want to check my other recipe, Adobong Puti

Next entry, I will feature techniques and tips on how to cook adobo.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (375 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  • Gracie

    Wow, thanks for sharing the recipe.. =)

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  • Jay

    My mom told me that I should not put the vinegar until it’s half cook because it makes the meat hard.

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  • budjong

    this is the Kapampangan Style of Cooking Chicken soy sauce!

  • jhune

    That’s what we called “Adobong Matanda” in Angono..

  • Sam Pugeda

    Yes, this is the adobo I am used to. I don’t think I’ve ever had white adobo. Also, we don’t use sugar either.

  • OSe√Īorita

    They say that Adobo is the easiest dish to cook. But for me, I find it hard to cook the perfect Adobo. It always ends up too salty, or too sour. Sugar. I think learning from this recipe, sugar is the answer. I’m going to try this recipe and hopefully I’ll get it right. And maybe, I will also try the white adobo afterwards. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Food Lover Jeff

    Thanks for the recipe. Like it !