Join twowildtides on the country challenge. Each week, we’re going to be heading to a new country (in spirit). Primarily, we’ll be cooking a meal from each country; but we’ll also be watching travel documentaries, reading travel blogs, and listening to music. During the global pandemic, travel was largely inaccessible. We want to reignite our wanderlust, satisfy our travel bug as much as we can, and learn some new things along the way. I have a feeling our bucket list will have a number of items added to it through this experience as well. We created a simple alphabetical spreadsheet with all the countries of the world, and each week we will draw a random number that corresponds with a country on the spreadsheet.
We made our way to The Philippines this weekend, an island nation in the Philippine Sea in SE Asia. Known for spectacular beaches, vibrant markets, and mouthwatering fresh fruit, The Philippines has grown as a tourism destination. It’s somewhere we are hoping to go sooner rather than later– check out this cheeky article and you’ll see why:
The national dish of the Philippines is Chicken Adobo, which looked delicious, so that’s what we opted to try. We followed this recipe by Panlasang Pinoy. The recipe’s author makes an interesting comment about the cooking method:
A dish and cooking process native to the Philippines, adobo refers to the method of marinating meat, seafood, or vegetables (pretty much anything!) in a combination of soy sauce and vinegar. This marinade also includes other herbs and flavorings like garlic, bay leaves, and whole peppercorns. Cooking food in vinegar is no foreign concept to us Filipinos. In pre-colonial times, our ancestors used to cook seafood in vinegar in order to preserve their freshness.
This dish was extremely easy to make and used ingredients we already had in the pantry. The end result was unreal– so flavourful and the chicken was so tender, it just fell apart. I can see Chicken Adobo becoming a regular staple in our house.