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Adobo Challenge: Fun Twists to an All-Time Filipino Favorite

Spice up your meals with these adobo-with-a-twist recipes!

If you ask any foreign national what they love about the Philippines, many would say Filipino food—more specifically, adobo. And honestly, why wouldn’t they? Even us Pinoys love to cook and serve adobo to our loved ones.

Admittedly, many of us have grown to be fond of the traditional taste of adobo. We love this dish not only because it is delicious, but also because it has a long shelf life. Which is why it is no surprise that cooking enthusiasts nowadays are making twists for this well-loved Filipino dish. (Read: 3 Ways to Use Pancake Mix for Breakfast Twists)

Here are three adobo-with-a-twist recipes that can definitely spice up your family meals! We will also be linking the recipe so you could follow and make them on your own.

Adobong Paksiw

Photo from Panlasang Pinoy

Adobo and paksiw are two well-loved Filipino dishes for sure. Especially during the holidays, many cook paksiw to lengthen the shelf life of their leftover meats. But what if we combine these two Filipino favorites? Here’s a recipe we found for adobong paksiw!

Below are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs. pork adobo
  • 1 cup lechon sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Adobo sa Gata

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Coconut is called the tree of life because all of its parts can be used for something—food, oil, infrastructure, to name some. And when it comes to food, coconut can be turned into drinks like buko juice and buko shake, or dishes like desserts and viands. As the coconut milk or gata is very versatile, it can be used in making lots of delicious Filipino meals—like adobo sa gata!

You can make adobo sa gata with the following:

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 bay leaf (dahon ng laurel)
  • 1/4 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 kg chicken leg quarters
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water, as needed
  • 1-2 finger chilies (optional)

Watch the recipe here.

Crispy Shrimp Adobo

Photo from Panlasang Pinoy

We’re used to eating chicken adobo, pork adobo, or chicken-pork adobo, but who says we can’t eat seafood adobo? That’s right, we can also enjoy adobo that’s made with seafood, shrimp to be exact. Just imagine the crispy texture of shrimp paired with the delicious adobo sauce—it’s mouthwatering just thinking about it!

The ingredients you need are as follows:

  • 1 lb. shrimp with head intact
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsps minced garlic
  • 2 tbsps dry sherry or rum
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 5 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp whole peppercorn

Follow the recipe here.

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