Adobo Movement – National Dish of the Philippines

Adobo Movement – National Dish of the Philippines

Pork Humba by Timplador Lechon

Pork Humba by Timplador Lechon
Celestino Malalo-oy’s classic adobo cooked in pineapple juice and with pineapple tidbits

Do you know that we don’t have an official National Dish? People might say that it is adobo but that claim isn’t official.. not until House Bill 3926 gets passed in Congress.

The bill was filed way back in 2014 and it is still under deliberation after two years. So why not push it a bit through a foodie petition thus we have the Adobo Movement was born. The adobo movement brings forth multiple veteran cooks from Mercato Centrale to bring out their own adobo recipes in partnership with Datu Puti. It started with multiple entries and it was trimmed down to fourteen (14) finalists.

But before we start with the food; let us first think about adobo. What exactly is adobo? It is a dish where vinegar, soy sauce and garlic are used as marinade for meat, seafood or vegetables; then simmered. It is an easy dish to cook and it was the first viand that I have cooked. Through the Adobo Movement, I have seen a lot more ways on how to cook / prepare adobo and here’s what I’ll share to you.

Seafood Adobo – People’s Choice Award

Seafood Adobo by Lariza's

Seafood Adobo by Lariza’s
A mix of crab, shrimp and mussels cooked adobo style and topped with cheese

Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat – 2nd Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge

Pork Adobo Laing Pinangat by Dayrit's

Pork Adobo Laing Pinangat by Dayrit’s
Two Filipino favorites, Adobo and Laing, in one unique and flavorful dish

Pugon Smoked Pork Adobo – 1st Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge

Pugon-Smoked Pork Adobo by the Oinkery

Pugon-Smoked Pork Adobo by the Oinkery
Pork shoulder pugon-smoked for 8 hours, glazed with a rich Cebu-style adobo sauce and garnished with fresh manggang hilaw

Crispy Beef Adobo by Cuisiniers

Crispy Beef Adobo by Cuisiniers
Makinabang-style beef adobo deep-fried to crispy perfection

Four-Way Cooked Chicken Adobo in a Pouch by The Hairstylists

Four-Way Cooked Chicken Adobo in a Pouch by The Hairstylists
Shredded chicken boiled in coconut milk and cooked adobo style; wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep fried

Clear Fat Ninja Adobo Gyoza by Fat Ninja Gyoza

Clear Fat Ninja Adobo Gyoza by Fat Ninja Gyoza
Leftover pork adobo shredded and stuffed in gyoza wrappers, pan-fried until crispy underneath and chewy on top.

Classic Chicken Adobo by Good Meal Hunting Halal

Classic Chicken Adobo by Good Meal Hunting Halal
Blended flavors of chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onion, and seasoning, all prepared and cooked the traditional way and “halal”

Babi Kekap – 3rd Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge

Babi Kekap by Bakmi Nyonya

Babi Kekap by Bakmi Nyonya
Classic Filipino adobo infused with Indonesian spices. Served with Sambal.

Chicken Adobo on Fire by Good Meal Hunting

Chicken Adobo on Fire by Good Meal Hunting
Chicken thigh fillets deep fried Korean-style. Glazed with adobo sauce fused with Korean Chili Paste.

Adobong Ensalada by Dadding's Kitchenette

Adobong Ensalada by Dadding’s Kitchenette
A savory salad of adobo flakes, red egg and ripe mangoes.

Adoburger by Hunger Buster

Adoburger by Hunger Buster
100% pure beef adobo patty burger, with kiwi and a special sauce

Adobo a la Cabiao by Chef Bab's Sisig

Adobo a la Cabiao by Chef Bab’s Sisig
Sisig-style beef adobo wrapped in an omelette

Adobo sa Puti by House of Crispy

Adobo sa Puti by House of Crispy
A well-known regional twist to the classic adobo. Pork cuts cooked in garlic, vinegar and fish sauce.

My personal picks would be the following (I can’t compress them into my top 3 though):

  • Pork Humba – sweet and soft pork adobo.
  • Adobong Ensalada – A great combination of sweet mangoes, salted egg and crunchy adobo flakes
  • Bapi Kekap – I couldn’t describe it well but it was delicious
  • Crispy Beef Adobo – This is tadyang (beef ribs) but with very tender beef (unlike the usual crispy tadyang)
  • Pork Adobo Laing Pinangat – A familiar and delicious dish
  • Pugon-smoked Pork Adobo – (not riding the bandwagon) but this was also really good.

Go Adobo! For more details, check out

http://adobomovement.com/

https://www.change.org/p/philippine-house-of-representatives-make-adobo-the-official-national-dish-of-the-philippines

Till next time,

Allen

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