Adobo

Adobo

The absolute cult classic of Filipino dishes. Like cousins three times removed with the same last name, its distant relatives in Mexico and Spain share only one thing: adobo meat swims in its marinade. In that distant hemisphere, chicken, pork, or beef wade in a rich chili sauce. On the level of language and, to some extent, method, adobo's Spanish colonial roots are clear.

But in the Philippines, adobo is unmistakeably distinct to the islands, and to Asia. It is both salty (like the seas that cradle the archipelago) and refreshingly sour. Dark soy sauce blends with vinegar or local citruses and the juices of your chosen centerpiece: manok (chicken), karne (beef), baboy (pork), or pusit (squid).

You'd be hard-pressed to find a single Filipino restaurant without some version of adobo. The aromas of this easy-to-make dish also waft through many a Filipino household, stewed in big batches for family dinners and school lunches. Adobo is served with heaping amounts of steamed white rice doused with its incredible sauce.

Adobo

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with adobo

Bella's Lechon
place 1139 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.282.3288
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 09:30:00 to 20:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.60
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Bistro Manila
place 4455 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.609.9880
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 17:00:00 to Wednesday 00:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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Happy Tummy Filipino Cuisine
place 2950 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.347.8838
star_rate Rating: 3.50
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Jesse Jr. Restaurant
place 1060 Kennedy Rd #2, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.701.9353
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 08:00:00 to 20:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Jesse Jr. Restaurant
place 4415 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.430.8149
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 08:00:00 to 20:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Kapit Bahay
place 4218 Lawrence Ave E #8, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.283.4404
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.10
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Lola Sally's Authentic Filipino
place 4403 Kingston Rd #102, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.479.5855
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 19:30:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
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Mami's Philippine Cuisine
place 4438 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.754.3700
star_rate Rating: 4.80
Max's Restaurant
place 707 Markham Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.431.4960
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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