Filipino Pork Adobo

By Whisper of Yum
  • Total Time:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Servings:


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon soy sauce (Silver Swan Lauriat brand)
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ cup vinegar (Datu Puti brand)
  • 1¼ cup water


  1. Add oil to a hot skillet over medium-high flame. Add garlic and onion and sauté until fragrant and soft, 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add pork and cook until browned on all sides, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add soy sauce, pepper, peppercorns, sugar, and bay leaves and stir until well-mixed. Add vinegar (DO NOT MIX) and cover the skillet with a lid. Wait until contents reach a boil before stirring.
  4. Once the liquid reaches a boil, gently stir and add water. Cover with lid again and simmer for 1 hour or until the pork is very tender.
  5. Remove the lid and cook for 15 minutes to reduce the sauce. The color should be a deep, dark brown and taste slightly tangy.
  6. Serve with steamed rice Enjoy!