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Garlicky Fried Pork Adobo

There are many ways of cooking adobo - be it pork, chicken or vegetables. And the recipes varies from region to region and even household to household. The most common is pork adobo and this alone has many variations including my favorite - garlicky fried pork adobo. And it's like cooking the usual pork adobo just with more garlic and frying the pork to a crisp!

Here's a simple Garlicky Fried Adobo Recipe


Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 kilo Pork cubes
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Vinegar (adjust)
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • Oil
  • 2 pcs  Bay leaves
  • 1 head garlic, chopped
  • 1 large head garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • Whole black peppercorns
Procedure
  1. In a wok or pan, add oil and fry the chopped garlic until crisp. Set aside for this will serve as toppings.
  2. Add more oil and fry (almost deep fry) pork cubes and set aside. Do it per batch depending on the size of your wok/pan. Do not overcrowd the pork.
  3. Reduce oil and saute minced garlic (the more garlic the better) and onions. 
  4. Add pork, vinegar, soy sauce, pepper corn and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Adjust flavor according to your taste by adding more or having less vinegar, soy sauce and water. Add a little sugar to balance saltiness.
  5. You can also fry it for the second time to have it crispier when served.
  6. Transfer of a serving plate then garnish with fried garlic.
To recreate this recipe a bit, add chili and/or chili powder to make a Spicy and Garlicky Fried Pork Adobo! And if you want the regular way of cooking adobo like the one below, just don't fry the meat - the recipe's still as good.
For a dry version of pork adobo, simmer until the sauce dries up and the oil from the pork fat begins to fry the meat.

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