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If the Philippines had to nominate a national dish I believe that the Chicken Adobo would be the winning gourmet dish With a unique taste made with the delicate mixture of bay leaves vinegar peppercorn garlic and spices it is no wonder that a lot of Filipinos use this adobo flavoring in a lot of Filipino gourmet dishes Because the Philippine Islands lie on the edge of South-East Asia the Philippines culture is absorbed from the surrounding countries that lay around the islands The chicken adobo is a dish that has been influenced by Mexican Chinese and Spanish cuisine and then spiced with Filipino taste In the Spanish version of chicken adobo is a pickling sauce made with olive oil vinegar garlic thyme bay leaf oregano paprika and salt Filipinos borrowed this idea from the Spaniards and used their own favorite spices and ingredients to make chicken adobo unique and different tasting from the Spaniards The Filipinos added soy sauce and peppercorns to the concoction and stewed the ingredients of chicken into this savoring dish The Filipinos slow-cooked the chicken until the meat is tender with the flavorful sauce Like many cuisines that we love to eat the flavors of chicken adobo varies upon the cook the ingredients added to the dish and how much of the ingredient is put in and the cooking style My grandmother had her own special way of making chicken adobo that was always different tasting from other Filipino chefs chicken adobo When I was a child in elementary I used to love my grandmas famous chicken adobo I remember how she would buy chicken thighs and parts from the grocery along with her special ingredients to make dinner She would conjure up a marinade that included soy sauce garlic salt and pepper After the defrosted chicken parts marinade in this sauce for about 45 minutes she began to put the chicken into a big stewing pot filled with vinegar
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