The Adobo is a Filipino dish and has been well known as the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. The essence of an authentic Adobo consists of your choice of protein, soy sauce, vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaf and garlic. It was derived from the Spanish word “adobo” which means marinade, however the cooking process is mainly Filipino. This dish differs in every part of the Philippines wherein some have coconut milk in the mix and others without the soy sauce which is called “adobong puti” or blonde adobo.
The recipe I have for you now is the famous Chicken Adobo which is cooked in every Filipino household at least once a week and as the saying goes, “You can never be a true Filipino if you don’t like Adobo”. Enjoy this classic dish with my own twist of added mushrooms and garnished with fried garlic chips to heighten these Filipino flavors.
2 pounds chicken drumsticks or thighs
4 pieces bay leaves
1 head garlic, crushed
4 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 teaspoons white sugar
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons fried garlic chips, for garnish
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup water
2. Heat a saute pan with oil and pan fry your chicken till browned but not cooked and set aside.
3. In a new pan, heat some oil and saute the sliced mushrooms. Add in the marinade and the pan-fried chicken then pour in your vinegar and water.