3.254 Chicken Adobo

Cycle 3 – Item 254

15 (Sat) September 2012

Chicken Adobo


by me

at Saneumsup Jayeon Haggyo

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with MtG + NSJ, CJH + KKH, LHS + YYH

Saneumsup Jayeon Haggyo is a campsite.  Located on the grounds of a former elementary school.  In addition to camping, they also offer nature classes and arts & crafts for kids.

Two of my contributions: greyhounds, paired with a smoked salmon & artichoke salad.

On my recent trip to the Philippines, I purchased several spice/sauce packets at a local supermarket so that I could attempt/approximate some Philippine dishes back in Korea.  All were produced by the brand Mama Sita’s, which appeared to be the most prolific of those on the shelves.  Of course, I’m aware that such products rarely deliver quality or authenticity, but they’ll have to suffice for now.

A third contribution: chicken adobo.  It’s a garlic-soy-vinegar sauce typically associated with chicken and/or pork and widely considered to be one of the country’s most famous/popular.  The only adobo that I’d tasted prior to this evening – a chicken & pork adobo at the Manila Hotel – was an eye-opening, mouth-puckering blend of savory and sour flavors.  Here, the packaged marinade resulted in a sauce similar to what I remembered but more extreme, not in a good way, but not necessarily all that bad.  I imagine this is what foreigners think when they try making bulgogi at home with a bottled sauce.  The buchu, a last-minute addition at my discretion, provided a welcome touch of freshness.  Anyway, everyone else seemed to enjoy it, if only for the novelty.



(See also CAMPING)

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