Don't you just want to reach out to that bowl and take a bite of this Pork Adobo?
I cooked this the other night. Since i posted on instagram, i have been asked for the recipe. So here it is.
But first, what is Pork Adobo? You asked.
It's a Filipino dish, made of pork belly, gently simmered to perfection in garlic, onions, vinegar, soy sauce, water, black pepper and bay leaves. A very simple and uncomplicated dish to cook and it's a firm favourite with the family. I remember growing up with this dish. They say you can 'Adobo' anything. A term used when you substitute pork with turkey, chicken, beef, squid or sometimes, even vegetables.
Growing up, i used to also love squid adobo. I have tried making it many times myself however, it's never the same as my grandma used to make it. But i keep trying.
1kg pork belly [cut in thick chunks] | 2 tablespoon sunflower oil | half cup dark soy sauce | half cup light soy sauce | half cup malt vinegar | 1 cup water | 2 cloves garlic [crushed] | 1 medium onion [sliced] | half tablespoon rainbow peppercorns [some crushed, some whole] | 6 bay leaves | salt [to taste]
Place a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Add the oil and once it heats up, add the garlic. Once the garlic is golden, add the pork. It should be sizzling. If not, turn up the heat for a minute. Add the peppercorns and a little salt [about a pinch]. Stir the meat gently, turning as they brown. After 5 minutes, add the onions, dark and light soy sauce. Stir for a minute then add the vinegar and water. Throw in the bay leaves, stir and cover the pan. Let simmer on medium heat for 25 minutes, checking and stirring every 5 minutes. If the sauce starts to dry up, add a little water at a time.
Best served with jasmine rice.