Monday, June 07, 2010

Adobong Baka (Philippine Beef Adobo)

Another adobo post?

We've never adobo-ed beef before, so I was very intrigued when I saw a recipe for Adobong Baka in Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine.

Beef, delicious.
Adobo, delicious.

So, I figure it was high time to see how red meat would fare when cooked as an adobo.

Our usual adobo suspects: cracked black peppercorns, vinegar. We tried out Sukang Iloco, a sugarcane vinegar, this time.

Garlic, of course.

I used a bottom blade roast here, which needed to be braised for a couple of hours to be tender.

But first, we browned the beef for extra flavor.

Everything into the pot: browned beef, garlic, vinegar, black peppercorns, bay leaves, soy sauce and water.

Verdict? Maybe it's just unfamiliarity talking, but I still prefer pork adobo over this.

For some reason, we found the flavor to be quite lacking. Surprising, given that we even browned the beef for this dish! And of course, how can flavors be anything but bold with adobo ingredients.

I'm still willing to give beef adobo one more chance, but perhaps I'll have JS make the adobo her way, instead of following the Kulinarya recipe.

eatingclub vancouver adobo posts:
Chicken Adobo
Pork Belly, Two Ways
Adobo Kangkong (Adobo Water Spinach)
Adobo Mushroom Tart
"Chinese Adobo" Clams and Oysters
Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk (Adobo sa Gata)
Coconut Adobo Halibut Tails (Adobo sa Gata)
Roast Chicken Adobo
Brown-braised Pig's Feet
Adobong Baka (Philippine Beef Adobo)

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Adobong Baka (Braised Beef in Vinegar)
from Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine

Serves 6

1 kg beef short ribs
1/4 cup oil
6 cloves garlic
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 cup vinegar (cane, palm, or white)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 bay leaves
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

1. Have butcher cut the beef short ribs into 1 1/2-inch cubes.
2. Crush, peel and mince the garlic.
3. Crack black peppercorns.

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the peeled garlic and cracked peppercorns with the vinegar, soy sauce, and bay leaves.
2. Add beef short ribs and marinate for at least 1 hour.
3. In a deep heated pan, brown the beef in oil in two batches over high heat. Add the remaining marinade.
4. Add the water to the pan. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until meat pieces are fork tender. Season with salt according to taste before the liquid has almost evaporated.

Just before serving, reheat the adobo and serve hot.


  1. I wonder if you marinated the beef. That will add more flavour to the meat for sure.

  2. I also prefer pork to beef adobo for some reason. Must be a familiarity thing.

  3. Its just that beef isn't as good as pork ;)

  4. Pork rules!!! And in a lot of cases Pork with fat rules!!!

  5. Sunset magazine featured beef adobo last year. Maybe their recipe would be better. If you want the recipe (not sure if online) let me know and i will email you the recipe. Love your blog!


  6. Haha... well, we'll try it with our standard recipe and see what happens.

    But, thanks for the offer! =)


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