How to Cook Adobo

Feb 27

American wrestler and model Travis Kraft teaches us how to cook Adobo. In Filipino. Oh my, his accent is just delightful.

Oh wow. How hilarious. Adobong manak. Funny naman. I think Travis did this video in a deliberate American accent just to be funny.

Travis adoptive mother is a Filipina from Bataan. It was she who encouraged Travis to come and visit the Philippines. In 2003, he traveled to Thailand, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. It was his first visit to the country but he found the Philippines the best country “because people are super friendly and everyone is cute.” That explains why he cooks adobo.

Travis’ adobo recipe is different from mine. I prefer not to use soy sauce. During my student days in the dorm, my mom would often bring adobo in a bottle. The adobo can keep in the bottle without refrigeration (We didn’t have a refrigerator in the dorm). The adobo got consumed right away so there was no need to store it for long.

Here is the soy-sauce free version of my adobo which I call the “white adobo”

2 kilos pork (with some fatty parts like the belly or liempo)
10 cloves garlic
1 tsp coarsely cracked pepper
2 pcs laurel leaves
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups sukang puti or coco vinegar (datu puti)
1 1/2 tablespoon sea salt

!. Combine all ingredients in a thick saucepan or kawali,

2. Cover and simmer over medium heat. Check occasionally and stir to prevent the meat from sticking to
the bottom of the pan. Allow liquid to reduce. Cook until fully reduced and only the oil is visible, with the sauce dried into tasty bits clinging to the meat.

3. Turn up the heat to crisp them meat and cook until crispy golden brown. Adjust heat occasionally to prevent the meat from scorching. Serve warm with tomatoes or native pickles (achara)

You can store the adobo in a clean jar with cover. Allow to cool and store in refrigerator or cool dark part of pantry. When submerged in pork fat and properly cooked, adobo will keep for several parts in the refrigerator.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (348 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 aboutmyrecovery.com, 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 DigitalFilipino.com 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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    hi. i’m borrowing the video. thanks. :)

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  • http://purplescribbling.blogspot.com Lenin

    Hi! Thanks for this recipe, my kids love adobo (the one with soysauce) very much and this is a new version for them to try. Thank you for sharing me another variation of this great Pinoy recipe.
    .-= Lenin´s last blog ..Long live Pres. Cory! =-.

  • http://lunchmaniac.blogspot.com jamezu

    was searching around for adobo recipes when i got here, anyways, i’ve never heard of white adobo before hehe. but i think this version of the adobo would taste equally delicious as the soysauce-full version. thanks for sharing! this is definitely something to try some time.

  • oLee ^^

    hahaha! this is really helpful ^^ Thank you soooo much for blogging this ^^
    i still remember the first time i tried to cook adobo hahaha! ^^ baon namin ni Glieza for the family day at sual ^^ i done it exactly this way! hahaha ^^ and i never really thought my method was really somewhat accurate hahaha! ^^

  • sat

    Great!

  • Joan

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  • http://yahoo Lou

    The video by Travis is really helpful. I also want to know how to cook SIOPAO and the EMBOTIDO.

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