Chinese-Style Pork Adobo Recipe

This Chinese version of the Pinoy adobo is sweet and savory at the same time.

There’s no reason to fiddle with the classic adobo recipe, but this Chinese version of the adobo, a sweet-savory combo, can be just as nostalgic as the salty-savory adobo recipes. Star anise, shiitake mushrooms, and a little sweetness transform the flavor of this dish but in a good way that’s still appetizingly delicious. 

Chinese-Style Pork Adobo Recipe

Roselle Miranda
This Chinese version of the Pinoy adobo is sweet and savory at the same time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Filipino
Servings 6


Chinese-Style Pork Adobo Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1 kilo pork liempo adobo cut
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup coconut vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water or as needed
  • 1 head Garlic separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 284-gram can shiitake mushrooms drained


  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add pork in batches and sear all the sides. Return seared meat to the pot.
  • Add soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, water, garlic, peppercorns, and star anise. Bring to a boil, covered, and then lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer until the pork is tender. Add the shiitake mushrooms. Simmer again until mushrooms are heated through and the sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and serve.
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