Let me share to you a memory. This has been a part of my life when I was growing-up — it can be a tradition or a regular practice (so to speak). Most of the time, when the entire family goes out for an out-of-town reunion or a day at the beach (or sometimes a day at Pansol in laguna), we always tend to bring the entire kitchen with us. This is not an exaggeration, but merely an observation. Part of the kitchen is a special dish called chicken and pork adobo. Yes, it is an excursion version of this dish.
At this time, the word excursion is not commonly used. It means a short journey. It is common practice with families during the weekend to develop bonding with each other. When it comes to my family (and I think that it also is applicable to most Filipino families), we used to go out to the beach or hit the swimming pool to spend a day with each other. This occasion is more special when there are lots of food to partake with each other. Chicken and Pork adobo is a common dish that most people bring because it is delicious and it does not go bad quickly. It can be in room temperature for a longer period of time compared to other dishes.
Even though we moved to the US, I still sometimes practice this tradition. For example, if my family wants to spend a day in the park or even the weekend at Wisconsin Dells (which is less than a couple of hundred miles from where we are at), I always prepare our version of excursion chicken and pork adobo. Of course, we always bring our reliable rice cooker so that we can cook rice anytime. This recipe that we have here is how I make this special dish for this special trip with the entire family.
Note that I cook this the night before the trip so that the picnic basket won’t be that hot when we travel. It can always be heated-up in the microwave in the resort, or I can always build a small fire for cooking in the camp site when we are camping. It is important to marinate the meats for at least 3 hours before you start to cook it. I do this by combining the chicken and pork along with crushed garlic, soy sauce, and some whole peppercorn in a bowl. This gets cooked in low fire for almost 2 hours until the fat from the pork literally melts in your mouth. The chicken also gets super tender and flavorful.
When is your next excursion? Try this Chicken and Pork Adobo recipe.
- 3 lbs. pork belly, sliced into large cubes
- 2 lbs. chicken, cut into serving pieces
- ¼ cup coconut vinegar
- 8 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 head garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
- 4 cups water
- 1 piece beef cube or beef bouillon
- 6 pieces dried bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Salt to taste
- Combine soy sauce, garlic, whole peppercorn, and bay leaves in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Add the pork and chicken slices. Toss until the ingredients are well blended.
- Cover and place inside the fridge to marinate for at least 3 hours. You can also marinate overnight.
- Heat oil in a large and wide pan.
- Once the oil gets hot, add the marinated pork and chicken. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the meat browns.
- Pour water and let boil.
- Add the beef cube. Stir. Cover and cook in low heat for 60 minutes or until the meat gets very tender.
- Pour-in the vinegar. Let boil. Cook until the the liquid almost evaporates.
- Add salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!
- Add salt and more pepper if needed.