Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine. Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.
This months Kulinarya dish was chosen by Trisha. Since the holidays were so busy she decided on making something simple but well known in the Philippines which is Adobo.
Every Filipino family has their own way of making Adobo. Some people use coconut milk or coconut juice. Some people even add lemongrass. Even thought people tend to add their own twist, the one rule about making this dish is to make sure you have the basic ingredients added. These ingredients are garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and bay leaves.
I rang my Aunt to ask her if we had a family recipe for Adobo. She said that everyone uses my grandma’s recipe. So here is my Lola’s (Grandma) version of Adobo.
1.5kg chicken thighs with skin on
3 bay leaves
5 tablespoons of soy sauce
2½ tablespoons of vinegar
5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 to 2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of salt
1. Put the chicken in a bowl and add soy sauce, vinegar, chopped garlic, salt and black pepper. Marinate this in the fridge for about an hour
3. Once the Adobo is boiling reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
4. Add sugar to the sauce and reduce for about 5 minutes. Once it has reduced you can add the chicken back into the pot and bring to the boil.
Remove from the heat and serve with hot steamed rice.
This is a really easy dish to make. Believe me it’s only the second time I’ve made it. Hope you enjoyed this months Kulinarya dish. If you are interested in joining our Kulinarya Cooking Club, please feel free to leave a comment or drop by the food blogs below and leave a comment there - we would love to hear from you!