I have tasted so many versions of adobo but nothing compares to the adobo of somebody very close to me. His adobo is the best I have ever tasted. I will share Noli's way of cooking adobo, with just a slight variation because I made it a bit spicy. "wink"

Many of us like adobo so much that not a week passes by without having adobo in the weekly menu. On outings like going to the beach, adobo is always on the list.

I can imagine being in the beach now, the scent of charcoal burning, barbecue roasting on the grill; banana leaves set on the table of the cottage with mounds of rice, surrounded with inihaw na tilapia, bangus and squid; chopped itlog na maalat (salted eggs) and tomatoes; seaweeds... and of course... ADOBO! 

Now what is different with my Noli-inspired adobo? You have to try this! Caramelized adobo that is crisp yet tender and oh-so delicious!

Let's cook!

Spicy-Sweet Pork Adobo


  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 thumb-size ginger, cut into strips
  • 5 pieces chili peppers  (siling labuyo)
  • 1 kilo pork, cut into cubes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp ground pepper
  • 5 pieces laurel leaves
  • msg (optional)

How to cook?
  • Put pork cubes in a pan. Add water and let boil until pork becomes tender. Add ground pepper. When pork has absorbed the water, add the vinegar and simmer.
  • When pork has browned, add olive oil (or cooking oil) and saute the pork. Then add soy sauce and mix with pork well.

  • Add the garlic. laurel leaves and ginger. Continue sauteeing and mixing until the pork becomes a bit crisp, hearing a crackling sound while frying. 

  • Now, add the brown sugar and coat well the pork and other spices.

  • Continue mixing making sure the pork is getting caramelized.

  • As soon as it has caramelized, add the chili peppers and mix again.

  • The adobo should be fully caramelized, sticking to each other and looks and tastes really good and yummy!
  • Transfer to a serving dish. Serve with rice and ice-cold drinks. 
  • TIP: You may, or may not use spoon and fork while eating this. :)
Hope you enjoyed cooking with me! Please feel free to like,share and follow me for more recipes and thoughts to share with.

Till next time! :) - Jewel

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