How to make Filipino Pork Adobo with "Adobo powder" (Instructions, Recipe, Mama Sita's Adobo Mix)


Hi, I’m Jinta from Japan. This time, I’m going to make a Filipino home-style dish, pork adobo, using “adobo powder”!

Mama Sita’s, which is a maker of “adobo powder” that is often used by Filipinos. I expect that this will help me to reproduce a taste closer to the real thing. What kind of flavor will it have? Let’s get started!

How to make Filipino pork adobo with adobo powder (mix) mama sita's



What is “Adobo powder (Adobo Mix)”?

This is an adobo powder that makes it easy to make “adobo,” a Filipino dish. Adobo is a Tagalog word meaning marinade, and is said to have originated in Spanish cuisine (adobato). It means to marinate meat. Adobo is a typical Filipino home-style dish.

Here is the product we will be using this time, a mama sita’s product.

Mama Sita’s “Adobo powder” package

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス パッケージ

Let’s check the package first.

Product Description

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス パッケージ

This garlicky concoction of spices serves as a perfect base for authentic Filipino Adobo.


mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 原材料

Garlic powder, Cane sugar, Iodized salt, Monosodium glutamate, Citric acid, Black pepper and Caramel colour.

Adobo recipe

Makes 6-8 serving

  • pouch (50g) Mama Sita’s Adobo Mix
  • 1kg Meat, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup(250ml)water
  • 2 tbsps (30ml) cooking oil

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 分量 作り方

Way of making

  1. Dissolve Mama Sita’s Savory Sauce (Adobo) Mix in water. Pour mixture over meat. Marinate for 15minute.
  2. Remove meat from the marinade and pan fry in hot oil until the edges turn golden brown.
  3. Pour in the marinade and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened. Add water as needed.

Let’s make some pork adobo!

Pork Adobo Ingredients

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 材料

  • 1 bag of adobo stock
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil
  • 600 g pork
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • 1 onion

The package listed 1 kg of meat, but I used a boiled egg to make up for the lack of meat (laugh). In this case, I prepared salad spinach. Even children can easily eat it.

Adobo Powder Taste

This is what the adobo element looks like when it is served in a bowl. It is a brown powder.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 味見

I’m curious so I’m going to taste it.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 味見

Ethnic but Japanese friendly! Garlic and sourness are the key. I can already imagine how delicious it is.

I would dissolve the adobo base in 250 ml of water. You can call it a marinade.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 水

Pork Adobo – How to make

Marinate the meat and onions in the marinade in which the adobo ingredients have been dissolved. You can use a bowl, but a sturdy plastic bag is easier for marinating.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

Remove the air like this, soak the whole mixture, and wait for 15 minutes.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

After 15 minutes. The meat and onions are lightly discolored.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

In a pan heated with salad oil, brown the meat until the surface of the pork is browned.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

Throw in onions and boiled eggs.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

Then pour in the marinade made from adobo powder.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

Heat over high heat and remove any scum if it appears (if it bothers you). Simmer until done.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

It was simmered for 20 minutes without a lid. The broth is also thickened.

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 豚 作り方

Place the dish on a plate and the pork adobo is ready to serve. 

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 出来上がり

Great subtle acidity! Flavor is ethnic. It tastes similar to the soy sauce base in Japan. Tastes great with meat, and goes great with rice!

mama sita's アドボの素 アドボミックス 出来上がり



This time, I made a Filipino home-style dish, pork adobo, using “adobo powder”. Its flavor exceeded my expectations! I am happy to report that my elementary school sons ate all of it. It is also very easy to prepare. A little different ethnic flavor at home! Of course, it would be delicious with chicken, too.


Please also see this article.

How to make Filipino “Chicken Adobo” by using Japanese ingredients.

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