Filipino cooking has been strongly influenced by Spain after they took over the Philippines in ___. Adobo is a Spanish dish that is also popular in almost all parts of Latin America, including Mexico.

Adobo” is a Spanish word meaning “to marinate.” In the Philippines, “adobo” refers to a popular indigenous cooking process, which involves stewing in vinegar. This cooking process allows Filipino mountaineers and travellers to commonly pack pork or chicken adobo for their trips as it has a long shelf life.

In the Philippines, adobo has been commercially adapted to other foods, and includes adobo-flavored chips, nuts, crackers and noodle soups.

  • Cuisine of: The Philippines/Spain
  • Serves: 3 side dish servings
  • Serving suggestions: Serve with “Fried Rice”.
  • Costs: Approximately $2.00 per serving
  • Cooking utensils needed: medium-sized skillet
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • Freshly ground black pepper as desired
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  1. Stir the vinegar, water, garlic and bay leaf together in a medium-sized skillet. If needed, remove the skin from the chicken in a sink full of very warm tap water, and then add to the skillet. Sprinkle the chicken with black pepper. Bring to boil. Simmer, covered, and over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken once or twice.

  1. Pour the soy sauce evenly over the chicken. Cook, uncovered, turning once or twice. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the meat falls easily off the bone. Discard the bay leaf.

Calories: 180 per 2 drumsticks

Food writer: Carolyn Cashen

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