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How to cook ADOBONG MANOK (Filipino National Dish)

Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines. Adobong manok or chicken adobo is one of favorite recipe of Filipinos, easy to prepare and has a long shelf life. There are different ways of cooking adobo. You can use pork, chicken or both (combination of chicken and pork) with vinegar, soy sauce and more garlic. Some cook this with enough sauce, some are dried and some also put potato and/or red bell pepper.

Adobong Manok recipe:


1 kilo chicken, cut into desired pieces 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 pc. laurel leaf (bay leaf) 1 thumb size ginger, minced 1 pc. onion, diced 1/2 cup vinegar 1 cup soy sauce 2 cups water 2 tbsp. olive oil salt and pepper to taste

For Marinade: 1 tsp. ground pepper; 5 cloves garlic, minced; 1 medium lemon, squeezed and seeded; 1/2 cup soy sauce; bay leaf; pepper and chicken pieces.

How to cook Adobong Manok:

Procedure and cooking instructions: 1. In a large bowl, mix in the soy sauce, vinegar, ground pepper, garlic, bay leaf and chicken pieces then marinate for 2-3 hours. Set aside the marinade sauce.

2. After 2-3 hours, heat cooking oil in a pan and saute garlic, onion, ginger until become all translucent. 3. Add in the marinade chicken and saute til the chicken becomes light brown and the fats come out. Discard those excess fats that came out from the chicken. 4. Pour now the marinade sauce and water into the chicken then simmer for 40-50 minutes until the chicken become tender and thickened the sauce. 5. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you want it drier cook a little further or with just enough sauce. 6. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy eating! Note: Same procedure and ingredients when using pork meat or chicken and pork combination.