A simple but very delicious adobo lies in the process, freshness of ingredients and its regional twists as well. Each region has their own version so I might as well try experiment my own. This time I want to make it spicy and a little sweet at the same time.
Finally a spicy adobo recipe with a twist! I think it is a common knowledge that adobo in the Philippines is considered as the national dish of the country.
Sugar is usually added to any adobo dish to balance the saltiness of the dish. A lot would use pineapple as substitute, caramelising pineapple first before adding the meat and the rest of the vegetables. In my experience the dish become sour if you add it raw. That’s why I wanted to try use a jam instead and luckily it worked! Its sweet and the fruity flavour is there but not sour at all.
To make pineapple jam is easy, all you need is 1 cup pineapple, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup water and a squeeze of lemon. Cook until pineapple is soft and the entire mixture is thick.
Birds Eye Chillies 8 pieces, 2 potatoes, 1 large carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple jam, soy sauce, cane vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, one whole chicken into chunks and seasoning. Best thing to do is always marinate the meat overnight or more. Enjoy!
I came home to the Philippines after 2 years of culinary school and Internship both in Europe and in the United States. It was a tough one lol but I can say it changed my life for the better. While It is summer over here, I took the opportunity to explore my own country!. I have lived and been to a lot of beautiful places outside the Philippines but I have not been able to explore my own. Now having the opportunity to do so, for my first trip I went to Puerto Galera.
Puerto Galera is the closest beautiful island beach destination in Manila, I travelled with my sister over one weekend. To get there was very easy, we took the public transport to Batangas Port where you ride the ferry across the Island of Mindoro. It took only 45 minutes to sail over and voilà you have beautiful beaches to yourself! Well, not really as it was a bit packed with tourists.
We spent our entire time at White Beach, It took roughly 10 minutes drive from port to White Beach making it easy and accessible for us. We swam, sat and eat by the beach during the day and towards the evening we enjoyed the nightlife they have to offer. It wasn’t too bad with music and a few shows.
A lot of fun activities were offered, offered because the people come and sell it to you at the beach, they have snorkelling, diving, parasailing and more. We didn’t really try any of those as what we really wanted was only to be able to relax and enjoy by the beach, a lazy kind of day by the beach sort to say. Food and drinks were delicious, but we had to be extra careful of where and what to buy. I ordered mainly à la carte to be on the safe side. A lot of food stalls has cooked meals to sell, but I was doubtful.
When you get properly educated about food handling, food safety and HCCAP suddenly you become aware of how people can easily get sick by food contamination, food spoilage especially under hot weather which can lead to food poisoning.
Anyway the trip was after all a beautiful and successful trip. I will definitely go back. Up next is El Nido, Palawan. xoxo