Adobo Movement – National Dish of the Philippines
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
Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat – 2nd Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge
Pugon Smoked Pork Adobo – 1st Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge
Babi Kekap – 3rd Place Winner of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge
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.
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Till next time,