Authentic Filipino Pork Adobo


Adobo is an iconic Filipino dish that has made its way to the different parts of the world. In fact, a movie entitled ‘American Adobo’ was made in 2002. Although the film was not literally about the dish, it represented it in so many ways. The movie was about Filipinos who are working in the United States, and their struggles while working abroad. Although they have conflicting characters, everything went well in the end. Just like when making adobo, the acidity, saltiness, and sweetness of the ingredients prove that putting clashing flavors together can also end up in something good and savory.

The term ‘adobo’ actually came from the Spanish word ‘adobar’, which means ‘pickling sauce’ or ‘marinade’. But in the Philippines, adobo is the dish itself. No list of Filipino food would be complete without this entree. Hence, it became the national dish of the country.

raw meat

Nowadays, there are so many versions of adobo. In the Philippines alone, you’d find each region having their own version. But today, we are going to share with you the authentic Filipino pork adobo recipe, which is usually eaten with white rice, the staple food of the said country.

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Authentic Filipino Pork Adobo

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  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


Pork sauteed in garlic, mixed with soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, and a little bit of sugar would give you an excellent dish…the authentic Filipino pork adobo.



2 pounds of pork belly (cut into bite-size pieces)

2 tablespoons garlic (minced)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup soy sauce

4 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups of water

5 pieces of dried bay leaves

salt and sugar to taste


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil and add pork pieces. Cook until brown.
  2. Add garlic and saute for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add soy sauce, vinegar, water, bay leaf, and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until meat is tender. Make sure not to let it dry out. Add more water if needed.
  5. Stir in sugar.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.


You can actually eliminate the oil in this recipe. Take note that pork produces its own oil. You can utilize that to saute it. If there is too much grease, you can get rid of some of it.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Cuisine: Asian


Like what we have said earlier, adobo has several variations. You can even replace the pork with chicken. You may also opt to add hard-boiled eggs and potatoes. Carrots would be a great addition as well. But keep in mind that the original Filipino pork adobo doesn’t contain anything but the meat, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, a little bit of sugar (optional), and bay leaves. Its simplicity is what made it very popular. And, of course, the distinct taste.

soy sauce

Closing Thoughts

Despite the clashing characteristics and tastes of the ingredients, the authentic Filipino pork adobo recipe is not complicated at all. It’s very easy to prepare. The only thing that prolongs making this dish is the time needed to make the meat tender enough. This also allows the meat to absorb the flavor of the ingredients.

So there you go with another amazing lunch recipe. If you haven’t had adobo before, try it out today!

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