It is tremendous savory, umami-packed, vinegary, garlicky, bitter, barely candy, generally slightly spicy and at all times comforting — every little thing you might need in a dinner, particularly one which’s simple to make and requires little cleanup — however why is Filipino adobo at this time’s Google Doodle?

Nicely, in accordance with Google, “The phrase ‘adobo’ was first added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in December 2006, and was included on the glossary of the subsequent OED quarterly replace, launched on at the present time (March 15) in 2007.”

What Is Filipino Adobo? Google Doodle Celebrates Iconic Dish
Google’s Doodle devoted to Filipino adobo.Anthony Irwin / Google

Adobo means “vinegar-braised” in English, and is derived from the Spanish phrase “adobar,” which suggests “to pickle” or “to marinade.” The identify was given to the dish by colonial-era Spaniards within the Philippines, although the adobo cooking methodology that is native to Spanish and Portuguese delicacies has little to do with that of the Philippines, apart from that it entails cooking meals in a vinegar-based sauce. In Mexico, adobo refers to a smoky, chile-based sauce, whereas in Puerto Rico, it refers to a seasoned salt that is rubbed onto meats and seafood. Many different international locations have their very own tackle the cooking methodology.

Within the Philippines, adobo is taken into account the unofficial nationwide dish, taking many kinds throughout the nation, however the base elements for the stew are sometimes the identical: vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper and bay leaves, together with some sort of marinated meat or greens. Some areas miss the soy sauce, whereas others add in coconut milk for creaminess. Some choose so as to add rooster or pork, whereas others use seafood like squid, or greens like water spinach or inexperienced beans.

“After evolving all through the centuries, this iconic dish is now loved worldwide,” Google wrote in its clarification of the Doodle, which was illustrated by artist Anthony Irwin. “It’s an emblem and expression of Filipino pleasure that varies from area to area, household to household, palate to palate.”

Chicken Adobo

Courtesy Leah Cohen

“Whereas lumpia Shanghai might have been the primary Filipino meals that my mom served me, rooster adobo was the primary Filipino dish that she taught me prepare dinner,” says Filipino American chef Leah Cohen. Except for the staple elements, she provides in coconut milk, onions and sugar “to actually amplify the flavour” in her model of the dish.

“Whereas working in different kitchens over time, this has at all times been my go-to workers meal,” she continues. “It’s simple to make, and whereas it braises away within the oven, I can get my prep carried out. Most significantly, the workers at all times loves it. Now I make it for my son, Carter G. It’s one among his most liked dishes.”

Chicken Adobo

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Filipino American chef Invoice Dec additionally places rooster in his recipe, however leaves out the coconut milk, as a substitute utilizing two kinds of vinegar: coconut and rice wine.

“The mixture of brown sugar, vinegar and soy sauce make this rooster candy, bitter, and savory abruptly,” he says. “A real taste sensation!”

Pork Adobo

Courtesy Katie Stilo

Alternatively, Filipino American chef Jordan Andino’s tackle the dish entails shredded pork butt, oyster sauce and Sriracha for slightly kick.

“(Adobo) is one thing I am keen on and have at all times liked consuming and making. Simplistic and low-cost, but extremely scrumptious, this dish will get higher as the times go by and will be repurposed in so many alternative methods for all of your make-ahead dinner plans,” he says.

Dec, for instance, makes use of his adobo leftovers in fried rice and corn fritters.

For’s senior well being editor, Maura Hohman, who’s Filipino American, adobo can also be a deeply private dish.

“My mom spent my childhood making an attempt to re-create the recipe for her lola’s adobo. She experimented with rooster breast and thigh, seemingly each kind of vinegar, completely different ratios of soy sauce to peppercorns, nevertheless it wasn’t till 2018 that she felt she’d lastly carried out it,” she says.

“For years, the e-mail with the recipe has sat in my Gmail folder, and I seek for it each time I’m craving my favourite taste combo — addictive saltiness, pink wine vinegar reducing by and a pop of succulent and fragrant peppercorn. The sauce turns into barely viscous as you simmer it so it clings to the rooster however nonetheless flows over the rice, getting absorbed by each grain.

“My very own twist? A runny fried egg as a result of the adobo’s tartness begs for it, for my part. ‘You want adobo?’ is the topic line of that electronic mail, an inside household joke from when two Filipino strangers requested my brother that very query upon discovering out his mom’s ethnicity. After all, I do, and everybody else ought to, too.”