The word Adobo was derived from the Spanish word “adobar”. It means to marinate. This is a dish composed of pork (or chicken) slices cooked in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. It is perfect served with freshly cooked white rice.

Note: it is not essential to marinate the pork or chicken.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves: 4 people


  • 1kg Pork Belly or Pork Shoulder (substitute chicken if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic, minced or crushed
  • 5 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Peppercorns
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Combine the pork belly, soy sauce, and garlic, and marinate for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  2. Heat a large pan on low heat with a little oil, add the marinated pork, and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Pour in remaining marinade, including garlic.
  4. Add water, whole peppercorns and dried bay leaves, and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour (until meat is tender)
  6. Add the vinegar and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Add salt to taste.
  8. Add a little bit of sugar to caramelise the sauce (optional).
  9. Serve hot with fresh rice.
  10. Share and enjoy!

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