I never been to Philippine and doubt I've the opportunity to travel there to taste some authentic Philippine cuisine. But with the modern technology, a click on the computer and you will get to know the various popular dishes in each country :D The word Adobo is the most commonly seen on the top list if you google for Philippine cuisine!
It is a basic stew which consist of chicken or a combination of pork and chicken simmered in a sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper and bay leaves. Very simple and all ingredients are readily available to prepare this dish :) It is hard to describe the taste of this Chicken Adobo hahaha but is nice, really nice especially drenching the rice with the slightly sourish and sweet sauce :D
Some recipes asked to marinate the chicken overnight with the vinegar & soy sauce. But I opt the easy way by throwing everything into the pot and simmer on low heat till tender :)
Recipe source : Manila Spoon
- 5 whole chicken leg approx 1-1.5kg, cut into halves
- 3/4 cup distilled vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 whole garlic, unpeeled & lightly crushed
- 1.5 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- Place the meat and the rest of the ingredients in a heavy based cooking pot.
- Using medium heat, bring to a rolling boil. Lower the heat slightly and cook uncovered for about 20 mins
- Cover the pot and continue to simmer, about 15 mins until the chicken pieces are tender. Can be served immediately or kept overnight for the flavours to develop further.
- Serve the chicken with hot rice drizzle with some of the sauce.