Filipino Pork Adobo with Mango Salsa

Testing, testing… Listen to me! This is one of the best things that will happen to you! You need to drop everything and make this! Don’t be put off by the number of ingredients. It is not that time consuming. Besides, what could be more important than this 🙂 I made it last night and received high praises from Online Guy. It was indeed aromatic, flavorful and incredibly tasty. Mangoes are in season so make use of them in this wonderful dish, why don’t ya. 🙂

Everything you need for marinating the meat. I did not have light brown sugar so I used dark.
What a beauty. I forgot to tell the butcher to chop it up for me so I did it all by myself 🙂
Bravo! I took off some fat but you can leave it all on if you want to. Pork fat is good 🙂
Here we have cloves, star anise pods, and bay leaf. Orange zest and garlic join the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, water, and sugar. It’s a bath party!
Mix it all up and mix it good. Stick it in the fridge for an hour and let the meat soak up all the crazy goodness, yeah baby.
After you pat it dry, cook with peanut oil. Don’t you dare throw out the reserved marinating liquid! I removed all spices from the marinade but cooked the meat with garlic.
Let it brown on all sides and look at it lovingly.
Add the liquid. I let it simmer for 1 and a half hours on very low heat.
Don’t put your feet up just yet. While the meat is simmering in the lovely juices, make the mango salsa. I used 2 mangoes because I felt like it and because 2 is better than 1.
Sweet and juicy and all diced up.
In goes half a diced red onion. I always cry, always.
Mix it together with the cilantro, fish sauce, jalapeno, lime juice and peanut oil. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper and try not to spill your tears in there.
Sit back, relax, and savor the combination of succulent pork and slightly sweet and super good salsa. The salsa is pretty spicy but I added hot sauce as I was inhaling it all 🙂 Heat is neat. Okay, I made that up and it sounds kind of pathetic.

Recipe taken from Tasting Table


For the Adobo:

3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup water

¾ cup rice wine vinegar

¼ cup toasted sesame oil

¼ cup light brown sugar

6 cloves

4 garlic cloves

3 bay leaves

2 star anise pods

1 orange, zested with a peeler

2 tablespoons peanut oil

For the Mango Salsa:

1 large mango, diced

1 jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and minced

½ red onion, minced

¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro, plus whole leaves for garnish

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 teaspoon fish sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steamed rice, for serving


1. Make the pork adobo: In a large bowl, toss the pork with the soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, cloves, garlic, bay leaves, star anise and orange zest. Marinate for 1 hour. Line a plate with paper towels. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork to the prepared plate and pat dry. Reserve the marinating liquid.

2. In a 6-quart Dutch oven, heat the peanut oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning frequently until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the reserved marinating liquid and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, until tender when pierced with a fork, 1 to 1½ hours.

3. Meanwhile, make the mango salsa: In a medium bowl, toss all the salsa ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Divide the steamed rice between bowls. Using a slotted spoon, place some pork over the rice and top with a spoonful of the mango salsa. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ooh My My! This sounds way too delicious! You are hilarious. – I love your personality in your posts! My mom always said you stop ‘crying’ after a while when cutting onions for years and year, but my trick is to wash hands, blow my nose, wash hands again and if THAT doesn’t work I run and stick my head in the freezer, haha! Works for me 🙂

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    1. Marale says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words-I really like your blog too! It means a lot to me that my posts can make people laugh and want to cook something good 🙂 I will stick my head in the freezer next time!

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