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Recipe courtesy of Eva Edleson

Mary Jane's Pork Adobo

From Max's Mom, Mary Jane: I started making pork adobo back in the Philippines in 1975, when I first met my husband Mark. Eating good local food was a big part of our courtship and happy marriage of the last 36 years. Many consider adobo to be the "National Dish" of the Philippines, because it is so popular and easy to prepare with a long storage life. Adobo is not limited to pork only, but you can also use chicken, seafood, meats or a vegetable medley. After living for more than 30 years in Indonesia, fresh ginger has snuck into my original Filipino recipe, which adds another layer of flavor. Indonesian "Adobo" is called Babi Kecap, and was always the favorite meat dish of my sons, Max and Alex. Cooking this recipe in a barrel oven superbly enriches the deep rich flavor of the sauce, and created a wonderful, glazed meat that everyone will love.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water, the soy sauce, sugar, ginger, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves and some salt in a cast-iron or flame-proof casserole pot. Add the pork and let marinate for at least 1 hour. Make sure that all the meat is well covered with the marinade.
  2. Preheat a barrel oven or regular oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, and then stir in the vinegar.
  4. Transfer to the oven and roast until the pork is tender, about 1 hour, stirring gently occasionally.
  5. Serve hot with freshly steamed rice.
  1. Combine 1/2 cup water, the soy sauce, sugar, ginger, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves and some salt in a cast-iron or flame-proof casserole pot. Add the pork and let marinate for at least 1 hour. Make sure that all the meat is well covered with the marinade.
  2. Preheat a barrel oven or regular oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, and then stir in the vinegar.
  4. Transfer to the oven and roast until the pork is tender, about 1 hour, stirring gently occasionally.
  5. Serve hot with freshly steamed rice.

Cook’s Note

Boiling the pork initially on the stove top without the vinegar makes the pork tenderize more quickly.

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