Adobo Twist


Filipino food which everybody loves and easy to make. Serve with a steaming cup of rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 4-ounce servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as needed

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 head garlic, crushed

  • 2 pounds pork belly, cut into 1-inch squares

  • ¾ cup soy sauce, or to taste

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ¼ cup cane vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add pork; cook just until evenly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Stir in soy sauce, water, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Reduce heat to low and cover stockpot. Cook until liquid is at a simmer, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Uncover stockpot, add vinegar, and cook without stirring until vinegar dissipates and liquid thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and basil, cover stock pot, and cook until pork is tender and cooking liquid has thickened to sauce consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Pork belly can be substituted with pork tenderloin, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
19g Fat
13g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 2221mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 350mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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