I was browsing through my food photos and realized I have too many adobo pics. All looks a little different from one another, the basic cooking principle tweaked depending on how my family wanted it at the time. Adobo is a stew prep applied to pork, poultry, fish, or even vegetables, cooked in vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and bay leaves. When I ran out of ideas or ingredients I cook adobo.
So how do you cook adobo? Lemme count the ways…
My 1st memory of adobo is mom’s adobong manok (chicken) ala-eh style – dry and dark with soy sauce. Yet I couldn’t stop thinking about how she did it last December – with more sauce and chunks of potatoes. That’s pork adobo, soupy actually but great on rice.
Here is adobong baboy na patuyo (dry pork adobo)with potatoes. Cooked 2 ways – potatoes and pork cooked together or separately. Dry adobo is when the meat is simmered until the sauce dries up then fried with oil until brownish.
Above (left) is CPA or chicken and pork adobo. This time cooked not too dry but not soupy. This is when I reserve about a cup of broth, fry the meat until brownish, and then stir in the reserved broth to make thicker sauce. The chicken adobo on the right is cooked the same way.
Of course, vegetables may be included and I love potatoes most of all. Sometimes I add carrots, cooked dry or soupy as Cean likes it. He also likes ‘em with hard-boiled eggs.
Chicken and pork liver is also great cooked this way. Above shows adobong atay ng manok (chicken liver) – saucy and dry. Fab as appetizer or pulutan!
Above (left) is adobong atay ng baboy (pork liver) sprinkled with lemon juice. How about adobo sa labanos (adobo with white radish)? It’s something I’ve learned from a colleague years ago back in Brunei – adobo sauteed in patis (fish sauce) and tomatoes.
Adobong kangkong (river spinach) and adobong sitaw (string beans) is quite good even devoid of meat. It is just that my boys are meat lovers I can’t get away without them.
Of course, there are still lots of ways other than above. Take a look at Stef’s list. When work isn’t messing around with my blogging sched, I will be writing about each of the above or even add more to the list.