So I'm totally unfamiliar with Filipino cuisine! Could only rely on internet resources for introductions and recipes. After reading through the introduction by Swee San (The Sweet Spot) who is the host for this month's AFF, I decided to try one of the easiest recipe, Chicken Adobo, supposedly a very traditional Filipino dish.
(serves 2-3 pax, recipe adapted from Panlasang Pinoy)
- 3 chicken thigh (about 700g), chop into small pieces
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 1.5 cups water
- 3 pcs bay leaves
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp white peppercorn
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
- 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- Marinate chicken with soy sauce and crushed garlic for at least 3hrs or overnight. Before cooking, take out the chicken from chiller for about 30 mins.
- In a pot, heat up the cooking oil on medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry all sides till they are slightly browned.
- Add the remaining marinate sauce and water into the pot and bring the mixture to boil.
- Add bay leaves, sugar, peppercorn and dark soy sauce. Turn heat to medium low and simmer for 20-30 mins.
- Add vinegar and cook for another 5-10 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Add salt to taste (I didn't) and off heat.
- Best serve hot with rice.
I really enjoyed this dish, especially the sauce which is savory with nuances of vinegar. Couldn't help eating more rice because of the sauce! Even the kiddo likes the sauce and asked for more in his rice. This recipe is a keeper and I'll definitely cook it again from time to time.