Adobong Baboy sa Asin


Thank you for reading and I’m glad that I got you interested.

I actually don’t know how to call this dish as I was afraid that the word “adobo” had become hackneyed and trite specially among Filipinos and that there seem to be no new adobo recipe that could catch anyone else’s attention these days ( :-( sniff sniff)

Yes, adobo is one of those Filipino dishes that has become ubiquitous not only in the Philippines, but worldwide.  And where there is Filipino, there  surely be adobo.

I first tasted this adobo dish when our friend brought back a container of adobong baboy sa asin from his home town somewhere in Catanduanes. It was an oily, fatty, yet very tasty adobo.  I learned that this type of adobo is cooked without soy, instead, salt is used to provide the needed saltiness.   Armed with my basic knowledge of how to cook adobo and the new recipe I’ve learned, I experimented on another kind of adobo without using soy sauce.  And so I tried cooking adobong baboy sa asin.

My husband actually doubted the idea of cooking adobo with just asin.  We had a long “discussion” about it.  Something like, “it’s not adobo because there is no soy sauce” kind of discussion.  You know people who has a certain preconceived notion of what a certain dish tastes, looks like, and what ingredients must be used, etc., they will stick to that notion and fight for it :-) He just stopped arguing with me when he tasted my adobong baboy sa asin, and then, he can’t stop eating it until it’s all gone, finished, nasimot!  My husband loves it :-)  I’m sure you’d love it too.

Here’s my simple recipe for your enjoyment  :-)

CAUTION:  this dish is high in calories from fat, very high in fat specially on saturated fat, and high in sodium.  There, I warned you already.
This recipe is originally posted in our food blog-  (click Adobong Baboy sa Asin)
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Adobong Baboy sa Asin


  • Pork belly – 400 g.
  • Vinegar, white – 9 tbsp
  • Sea Salt – 2 tsp
  • Garlic, crushed - 7 cloves
  • Bay leaves – 2 pcs
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp or less
  • Water – enough to cover the pork


  1. Braise pork in oil until it turned light brown
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a pressure cooker and cook it for 8 minutes timing it from the moment the pressure cooker whistle.
  3. Transfer it into a non-stick wok or pan. let it simmer until all the liquid evaporated leaving only the juices and oil of the pork.
  4. Fry the pork in its own oil until it turned brown.
Best served with a hot Japanese-style steamed rice and green tea leaves salad (Click this for the Japanes-style steamed rice and this for the green tea leaves salad)
Makes 3 servings . Here’s the estimated Nutritional values per serving based on the ingredients used.
Calories :  730 kcal Total Fat:   75.35  g.
Cholesterol :  96 mg. Saturated fat :  26.44 g.
Protein :  13 g Dietary fiber :  0 g.
Sodium :  1,615 g. Carbohydrate :  0 g.

Visit our blog for more adobo recipes.  We suggest you to try these adobo recipes of ours:

 Adobong Baboy sa Asin

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  • marc anthony madarang

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I’ve been looking for recipes that doesn’t have soy sauce as my son has g6pd.

  • RN.EMT

    masarap tlga yan! my peyborit!…lalu na kung crispy ang taba! tapos isabaw mo sa mainit na kanin yung mantika! naku! nom nom nom! kaso hi-blad ka sigurado after! and be careful sa pag luto. grabe kung tumalsik mantika nyan.. parang sa lechon kawali. haha!

  • Ddp

    something is seriously wrong with step 1. You don’t braise the pork, you sear of fry it until it is light brown. To braise is to cook meat or vegetables in liquid in the oven.

  • JUvy Entea

    this is so mouth-watering.. will try it tomorrow. thank you for the idea

  • jay

    pinaka favorite ko lutoin, ADOBO or ADOBONG BISAYA, lalo na pg i sawsaw sa suka na meron bawang, kaka gutom..

    ito ang adobong bisaya version, for us bisaya ang adobong meron soy eh tinatawag naming “HUMBA” known bilang ADOBO sa mga tagalog :D

  • Marie

    Haha epal naman nito. Man who cares if you eat pig or not… good for you go eat chicken then. Don’t spoil it for every one else. This post is about food not the bible. Simply not eating pig won’t cleanse a person completely.

  • claudette

    yan po ang adobo sa mga cebuano…makikita mo yan every corner may nagbebenta

  • Jason

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  • Dennis

    Many churches follows the certain laws about food. While it is true that God has put a law about what food is good for the salvation of God’s people, let’s find out the history of God’s law about food and what food can we eat in the present time. I will explain just the basic study about God’s law of food because it would be very long if I explained this study deeply. Thanks to Heavenly Father Christ Ahnsahnghong who came as the 2nd Coming Christ to reveal us and remind us all the truth of the Bible (Rev. 5:1-5)

    First let’s find out God’s law of food in the time of Adam and Eve

    Gen. 2: 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

    In the time of Adam and Eve, God only allow Adam and Eve to “eat from any tree in the garden except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. We can understand here that Adam and Eve can only eat fruits and vegetables from trees and they are not allowed to eat any animal.

    Then in the time of Noah, God changed the law of food.

    Gen. 9: 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

    In the time of Noah, God allowed “everything that lives and moves” to become food except “meat that has its lifeblood still in it”.

    Now let’s find out the God’s law of food in the time of Moses.

    Leviticus 11: 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
    4 “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.
    9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. 11 And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.
    13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[a] the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.
    20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you. 21 There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.
    24 “‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.
    26 “‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. 27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.
    29 “‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31 Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. 32 When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. 33 If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. 34 Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean. 35 Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. 36A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean. 37 If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean. 38 But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you.
    39 “‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. 40 Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.
    41 “‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten. 42 You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean. 43 Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. 44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.
    46 “‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.’”

    As written in whole chapter 11 of Leviticus, one of the things that God forbid His people to eat in the time of Moses is pig. God regarded the Israelites as the only clean people while all the Gentiles are unclean people. Throughout the history, the Jews always separated themselves because they wanted to follow God’s commandments faithfully. No wonder the Jews were discriminated because they always try to segregate themselves from Gentiles.

    So what about the present time? What is God’s law about food?

    Acts 10: 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

    During the time of Apostle Peter, God showed Peter His will on what food does God allows His people to eat. In verse 12 of Acts 10, God allowed “all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds”, which God commanded Apostle Peter to “Get up, Kill and eat” according to what God has shown Apostle Peter. Clearly, pig is a four-footed animal which God has made clean and we can surely eat pig following God’s will. There’s actually certain food that God doesn’t allow us to eat in our present time. Let’s see through the Bible.

    Acts 15: 28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.

    Clearly God wants us to “abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, and from the meat of strangled animals”. Please do not eat food serve to celebrate Christmas as it is the birthday of sun god and not Jesus, and Dinuguan, and if you see the animal that was strangled, please do not eat and follow God’s will.

    John 10: 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

    Now why does God put law about food? It is for our salvation. Just to make this study a little deeper, it is prophecied that the spiritual Israelites will come as the true worshippers of God. Before, the physical Israelites always separate themselves because they are the only God’s people that God regarded as clean and holy people (Leviticus 11). However, God allowed anyone to become spiritual Israelites if they will follow God’s will.

    Acts 10: 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

    John 4: 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    Galatians 3: 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    If we are truly belong to Christ, let’s follow God’s will about law of food and surely we will become Abraham’s seed, the spiritual Israelites who worships God in spirit and in truth. All the glory, praises, and thanks to Heavenly Father Christ Ahnsahnghong and Mother Jerusalem for giving us the water of life in these last days. God bless you all.

  • amor

    para lng din yan ginagawa nmin adobo sa patis

  • Ian

    Ive learned to cook this meal from my wifes uncle, pork belly is a must coz it contains alot of fat, how we cook it is very easy, for 1kg of pork we use atleast 2-3 garlic heads crush and almost a half handful of sea salt mix it with the pork, in a pan submerge the mixture with water and season with crushed black pepper, bring this to a boil then simmer it until it dries and releases fats or oil, mix it until golden brown.. Sarrrrrrappppp, use oil to cook sinangag, the best…

  • it taste good, actually i;ve come accros this food only that i forgot how they cook it , until i found it here. wonderful;

  • Merlita Ayos

    Yummy..thanks I will make this for New Years eve feast..

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  • Clarence Tuvera

    This dish is actually called “Adobong Matanda” since it is exactly the way our ancestors used to cook adobo. It is only when the Spaniards came that soy sauce was introduced into the recipe. Here’s a few suggestions/adjustments: add the following to the list of ingredients – freshly crushed pepper corn or paminta (2 tbsp), one medium size onion, peeled and chopped. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can do it this way: put all ingredients in a deep sauce pan except the salt (as it will cause the meat to toughen), and the vinegar. Put water (just enough) and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and continue to simmer the meat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the vinegar and the salt and continue to simmer. Remember not to stir the pot until the vinegar has simmered or the vinegar will not cook properly. After 5 minutes, or when the vinegar has simmered, you may stir the pot to evenly coat all the meat. As the remaining liquid caramelizes, add a tsp of sugar and fry the meat in its oil.

  • robyg

    I never had use or cooked adobo with pork belly, isn’t that the same as a slab of bacon. My mother’s pork adobo is real good, and always try to replicate it with no luck, somehow it always taste different from mom’s..I like to eat adobo, on the side, the largest green onions I can find at the grocery and grill them..just sprinkle the onions with extra virgin olive oil, and season, salt and pepper and grill at the hottest part of charcoal grill, for about 30 seconds..

  • Pinkyanne

    What if dont have a pressure cooker? :(

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  • I have no doubt this tastes nice, but why insist on calling it “adobo”?

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      Heirloom recipes of Adobo never had a hint of Soy sauce, this is true from the southern provinces of the Philippines all the way to the Kapampangan speaking areas. The original recipe was called “Adobong Puti”.

      This excerpt from respected Philippine food historian Doreen Fernandez in her book Tikim tells us a lot: ” Adobo, which foreigners consider the quintessential Philippine dish, since it is found in all homes, Filipino restaurants at home and abroad, and even in hotels as the token Philippine dish, is based on sour-stewing too : in vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and peppercorn. Soy sauce is a latter-day addition.”

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    You cooked what is is fact known in the Southern Tagalog region as “Adobong Puti”.