Monday, December 28, 2009

Chicken Adobo

Few dishes epitomize Filipino cooking like adobo. It's a vinegar-and-garlic-based dish and can be made with pork ribs or chicken. My mom has made adobo throughout the years and never seemed to follow a recipe but her adobo always came out really well and is one of our family staples. This last time, she showed me an actual recipe (huzzah!) that she had been using lately as we all really liked that version of adobo. It was a recipe she'd cut out of the newspaper but it turns out it was from a Filipino cookbook a friend had given me a couple of years ago - Memories of Philippine Kitchens: Stories and Recipes from Far and Near by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan. Which, of course, I'd never cooked from since I'm just not a cook but I liked reading the cultural tidbits associated with the different recipes. But now I have an actual recipe to post! This recipe calls for using baby back ribs but my mom made it with chicken. She cut up a whole one and used all the parts except for the back of the chicken as she said that had too much fat.

Baby Back Ribs Adobo (but with chicken)

1 cup organic apple cider vinegar (preferably aged in wood)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 small bay leaves
1 or 2 large jalapeno chiles, left whole
1 side of baby back ribs (about 2 pounds), cut up into individual or 2-rib portions)
2 teaspoons rock salt
6 garlic gloves, peeled
2 teaspoons Tellicherry peppercorns
Steamed rice, for serving

1. In small bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves and jalapeno. Arrange ribs in baking pan and season with salt.
2. Using a mortar and pestle, gently pound garlic cloves and peppercorns until they are combined and coarsely ground. Rub spices into the pork. Pour vinegar mixture over ribs, turning meat to coat evenly with the liquid. Cover pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
3. When you’re ready to cook ribs, transfer ribs and marinade to large, heavy saucepan. Bring mixture to boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook until meat is tender and falling off the bone.

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