I recently discovered Bogs Kitchen on Youtube. I stumbled upon one of Bogs Kitchen's videos with the title PINOY FOOD TRUCK | Tambayan ng mga OFW at G.I. I watched many of his other videos for hours afterward. It's just so inspiring to watch.
Bogs Kitchen is a business owner in the US who owns a food truck that sells Filipino food to US servicemen in the area where they are parked. These US Army actually loves Filipino food including our famous chicken adobo. It is just delightful to watch them enjoy Filipino Food.
Well, who doesn't fall in love with our famous chicken adobo or any other variations of adobo?
Adobo is unofficially the national dish of the Philippines. Adobo in our household is also a staple dish.
I learned to cook adobo when I was already in college. My mom taught me how to cook adobo in the simplest and fastest way and that's what I'll share here. Mainly for my kid's reference but you can use it too.
I rarely buy choice-cut chicken. I get a whole chicken and chop it myself. About a kilo is good for a family of four.
1 kilo of chicken, sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled, crushed
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/4 of white vinegar (I sometimes use apple cider but let's stick to white vinegar for this recipe)
4 tbsp cooking oil
1 1/2 cup of water
3 bay leaves
some peppercorns and salt and sugar to taste.
This is how I always cook it.
-Placed the chicken pieces in a pot
-Add soy sauce, white vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, water
-Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes
-Heat cooking oil in a frying pan
-Fish out the chicken pieces from the pot and fry in the pan until you see some caramelization.
-Keep the sauce in the pot simmering to reduce.
-Pour the sauce into the chicken in the frying pan. If your frying pan is shallow then transfer the chicken back to the pot and simmer it until the sauce is reduced to the consistency you prefer.
-Add sugar if you like your chicken adobo a little bit sweet.
-Some people like their adobo dry while some like it with lots of sauce.
We like it saucy. Perfect served with a steaming cup of rice. Enjoy