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Ultra Rich Caramelized Filipino Pork Adobo


Filipino-style pork marinated in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, and whole peppercorns for thirty minutes, then cooked with brown sugar to create a caramelized sauce.

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  • 1 kilogram pork cubes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 liter water


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Step 1

Marinade pork in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, bay leaf and pepper for 30 minutes.

Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in pan on high flame.

Sauté pork and add the brown sugar.

Brown pork, or wait until sugar caramelizes.

Add in remaining marinade and water. Boil for 5 minutes.

Lower the heat and simmer until tender (about 40-60 minutes).

Sauce should have a syrup-like consistency.

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