It was my turn for dinner again this past Monday. I decided I would cook some Filipino food for my friends. I chose pork adobo with rice as the main meal, a simple salad to start with, and a white chocolate cake from a new favorite bakery of mine.
Adobo is pretty simple dish to make. You can use either pork or chicken, but that night was a pork night. It’s one of my favorite dishes, and no matter how I try, mine will never be as delicious as my mother’s. I have no photos of the finished meal, because we were starving and just ate…all of it.
- 1 lb. of pork butt (sure you could use other pork parts, but trust me, this works best)
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1/3 c. soy sauce (dark soy sauce is awesome for this)
- 1/3 c. vinegar
- 1/2 c. water (should be enough to cover pork)
-Make sure you wash down the pork and pat it dry with a napkin. Then, you’ll want to cut the pork into about 1/2 in. thick slices. With the pork I used, I cut it first into about 5 sections. Then I cut each section into 1/2 in. thick slices. Place pork in pot. Mince 1 clove of garlic and add to pot. Add the soy sauce and the vinegar and mix well with the pork and garlic. Add water. Place on stove on med/high heat and cover. After it’s been boiling about 15 minutes, remove cover and turn heat down to medium. Stir occassionally and cook for another 15 to 20 min. You will know when it’s done when 1. the pork is tender and 2. most of the water has evaporated and you’re left with a nice, dark sauce. If the sauce still looks too watery, turn heat down to med/low and allow it to simmer until not so watery. (I’m so sorry there’s no photo to describe it better) Serve with rice and enjoy! If you really want to go homestyle, serve it with a fried egg. =)
I made a simple salad. I’m no good with making fancy salads, but I did know that Angela & Mike liked the veggies. I’m so thoughtful. ha! So I used green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber and served it thousand island dressing.
And, in my local Korean grocery store (HMART – 1302 Blalock, Houston TX 77055), there is a bakery called Tous Les Jours. I’ve bought other baked goods from there before, and the breads have always been so yummy and soft and just so tasty. I figured their cakes would be decent, so I bought a small white chocolate cake. It was that soft spongecake often used for Asian cakes, with the tastiest and lightest buttercream icing, and topped with white chocolate shavings. It was delicious. I am going to be buying more cakes from there, let me tell you. The cake was light and fresh. It didn’t feel too heavy and it was perfect for our meal. It also comes in the cutest box with a complimentary plastic cake knife.
P.S. my food blog partner, Lina, and her husband came to visit me last week and we had the most fun time. I made shrimp lumpia and will share that recipe next time!