Philippine Pork Stew

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Soups and Stews

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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Adobo is the national dish of the Philippines: pork, chicken, or both braised in seasoned vinegar with garlic, bay, and soy sauce. Regional variations abound, but no matter how it’s made, adobo always delivers a distinctive piquant flavor and aroma thanks to the presence of palm vinegar, soy sauce, and fish sauce.


  • lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2″ pieces
  • ½ cup palm vinegar
  • 3


  1. Combine pork, vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns, garlic, and bay leaf in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Combine pork mixture and 2 cups water in a 6-qt. Dutch oven and bring to a boil, skimming any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until pork is tender, about 1½ hours. Pour t