15 December 2012

Clementine Pork Adobo with Sautéed Green Pea Rice


Being Asian in origin, I feel like I have the responsibility to expose my kids to half of their heritage.  But how do you go about it without suffocating them of all things Asian just like what I see with other families of other cultures?  I want my kids to grow up feeling free to follow what they want to but just to be aware of how things are done with my side of the world.   First and foremost in my husband's and my line of rearing the children is freedom.  Freedom to choose and deciding on their own.

Ninety percent of what I cook are Italian because that's what my kids are accustomed to and the preference is obviously to that leaning.  There are times when I interject some Philippine or Japanese cuisine to our meals that I know they will like.  The first one in that list is adobo.  Chicken or pork, the mixture of soy sauce and lemons of adobo wins everyone.  


A classic Philippine adobo is comprised of vinegar and soy sauce.  However, when I started my own version in Italy, I used lemons in place of vinegar.   I loved it, including my husband, friends and now, my kids.  I also cook my adobo until the sauce becomes slightly thick and almost fried. Growing up, most adobo versions I encountered have watery sauces which I am not very fond of.  Some, like me, cook them through until the sauce lessens and becomes slightly thick.  


The other day, I decided to experiment a bit and used clementines as the acidic agent instead of my usual lemons.  My clementines were a tad sweet so I squeezed some lemon juice too. Depending on how your clementines taste like, the trick of this plate is to adjust the sourness in contrast with the soy sauce.  I mix the basic marinade of soy sauce and lemons first hand so I can taste well before I add the other ingredients.   Don't let the sweetness of the clementines dominate the marinade.  Maintain sourness which you can get from the lemons.  Put more lemon juice than I indicated in the ingredients if needed.  

I marinated the meat overnight and I was rewarded with excellent results.  Tasty, and just purely delicious.  Eaten with day-old rice mixed with green peas and adobo sauce made it an incredible meal.  

Enjoy!



Clementine Pork Adobo with Sautéed Green Pea Rice


Ingredients:
Serves 2
  • 1/2 kilo pork belly, cubed (can also be chicken or both)
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4  - 1/2 lemon, juice 
  • 1 - 1-1/2 clementines, juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice or 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 3/4 cup green peas, frozen or fresh
Directions:
  1. Prepare the marinade of soy sauce, lemon and clementines. Adjust the taste by adding more lemon or clementine if it's too salty.  Add 1 clove garlic that has been halved and peppercorns.  Leave pork in the marinade for at least two hours or better if overnight, in a sealed container in the fridge. 
  2. Day-old rice is always better for using in sautéed rice.  But if you are using new rice, prepare a pan with the rice and 3 cups of water .  The usual ratio is 1:2 for rice to water but this varies with the kind of rice you are using.  
  3. In high flame, cook the rice.  When it starts to boil, cover and simmer with the lowest flame until cooked through and dry.  Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, sauté peas in extra virgin olive oil for about 10 minutes.  Season with salt & pepper.  Set aside.
  5. In a bigger saucepan, boil the pork with the marinade in high flame.  When it boils, add the water & bay leaves.  Turn down the flame to low, cover and simmer for about half an hour or when sauce is reduced by half.  
  6. Strain the pork and transfer to a bowl.  Transfer the sauce to another bowl.  With the empty saucepan, pour some new oil.  Add the other halved garlic.  When it starts to turn golden, put back the pork.  Saute' on medium fire for about 10 minutes.  Add half of the sauce and keep on sauteing for another 5 minutes.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  
  7. Without turning off the fire, pour the remaining sauce in the saucepan.  Cook for about 3 minutes on medium fire. Add the cooked rice.  Coat the rice evenly with the sauce by mixing.  Add the cooked green peas.  Cook for another 5 minutes. 
  8. Serve pork and rice together while still hot.




18 comments:

  1. This is my kind of asian dish! Wonderful flavor and easy. Will make it tonight with some fresh asparagus. Great recipe!

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  2. I love the clementines in your adobo! This looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I was pleasantly surprised with it.

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  3. A wonderful variation of one of my favourite dishes: as over 75% of my home cooking is Asian/Australian fusion, this will be tried soonest. I fully agree with a slightly more thicker saucing also and love the eye appeal of your rice - I am certain your children also find such a beautiful plate more appetizing!

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    1. I hope you find it good like we did. There were actually two different reactions to the rice. My son doesn't eat rice but adores adobo. My daughter adores rice in cone shape but doesn't like anything green so we had to pick out the peas one by one. LOL!

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  4. I love using citrus in anything and everything this time of year, it's such a burst of freshness amidst all the heavy comfort foods. This dish looks amazing.

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    1. We agree in using citrus in cooking to give a bit of freshness. They refresh our taste buds don't they? Thanks for dropping by Sue!

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  5. Oh my goodness, I just drooled and died staring at your adobo! What a great idea to add citrus, I'm sure it added a spectacular flavor and was truly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the kind blog-visit. Happy Holidays, Rowena!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! Happy holidays to you too!

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  6. I love Asian food and it's great for your kids to get exposed to all sorts of cuisine even if Italian food is pretty much unsurpassable. How do you get your rice to stay like that? Mine falls down.

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    1. I think my kids need to familiarize themselves with Asian food. The taste and smell are totally different from Italian. They only like a few and I hope their grasp with Asian food will widen when they grow older. To make the rice stay like that, I pressed it against the mold using the back of the spoon. With sauteed rice, it really is harder for them to stay in place.

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  7. One of my all-time favorite dishes is Filipino beefsteak (bistek) so your adobo version really appeals to me. I like the sauce both ways--watery and thick. My mom made it the first way and my dad, the second. I never get tired of it. Your version looks great. :)

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    1. It was the same in my parents' house too. My mom made the watery and classic one while my dad cooked it with the thicker sauce then cooked the rice in the same saucepan to get the remaining flavor of the adobo. I LOVED that!

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  8. As soon as I saw the dish and knowing that clementine in adobo, my mouth start to water like waterfalls. I'm serious. Looks so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saving and will give this a try!!

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  9. A great way to introduce our tradition to our children through blending with the italyian style.

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    1. Yes it is. Adobo is always a winning dish to everyone whether it's vinegar, lemons or in this case, clementines. Thanks for dropping by!

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