Tuesday, September 27, 2011

adobo wrap with pineapple vinaigrette

Between unpacking boxes, exploring the new city and adjusting to a new job, forging new friendships is one of the daunting tasks associated with moving.  So when we learned of a wine tasting event at the lobby of our loft, my husband and I knew it was a good way to meet new friends.   It's a little awkward not knowing anyone. You navigate around people and it feels like speed dating! But once you get a connection, and say the words " Really? me too!" a potential friendship begins.

So after that evening of wine tasting, I received a text message the following day.  And thanks to my four semesters of  studying French , I was able to give my phone number in French to Emily, mon nouvel amie.

Would you like to join us for a ladies' evening? We will watch the season opener of Desperate Housewives came the text message.

Before I could even realize that I never watch the series,  I typed in Y-E-S then pressed sent.

Great was the reply.  I will have some pizza and drinks but feel free to bring some food.

While I was deliberating on what food to bring, I saw a note on my Facebook wall from Divya,  the daughter of my dear friend Nimmi B from Florida. On her note, Divya asked me how I make my adobo. Ta-dah... there it was an A-HA moment!  I remember how we met the B's: Both of our families just moved to Florida at that time, met in a church event, had some "Really, me too!"  connections then  our friendship flourished through constant get togethers. Filipino dishes like adobo were prepared on my end and warm nan along with her spicy curry dishes at their house.  With that in mind, I was convinced that  bringing Adobo wraps to Emily's place will be the start of a new friendship in a new place. Thank you Divya for the inspiration!

Adobo Wrap with Pineapple Vinaigrette 

For the adobo: (and Divya this is specially for you!)
 There are so many variations in making adobo.  I like to keep mine simple.  Also, adobo is better as it sits longer, so I usually make a big pot of adobo and hang on to the left-overs.  To get an authentic adobo taste, I would advice using  Filipino vinegar and soy sauce.  You could buy them from any Asian Store.

 2-3 lbs. pork/chicken
3/4 c vinegar
1/2 c soy sauce
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 bay leaves (crushed)
3/4 c water (you could add more as needed)

In a saucepan, combine all the wet  ingredients and crushed garlic together. Let it simmer.  Add black pepper and crushed bay leaves.  Allow the ingredients to fuse in together for a few more minutes then you are ready to add the pork/ chicken. Cook for about 30 minutes. (For Divya, you stop here. Adobo is cooked and ready to be eaten... that simple.  But for this particular wrap, please continue) Drain the pork and set aside the sauce as you will need it later on for the romaines. Let it cool.   Slice the cooked adobo into cubes (bite size)

1/2 c pineapple juice
1/2 c apple cider
2-3 tbsp rum (optional but highly recommended as this was suggested by my friend Basil, and it definitely added the zing!)
salt and pepper to taste.
1/4 c white sugar (you could add more if you want it a little sweeter)
2-3 tbsp olive oil

In a separate pan, combine all ingredients and let it simmer, Continue to stir until the sugar dissolves.  Let it cool.. Pour the sauce mixture in a bowl.  Add 2-3 tbsps of olive oil.  Whisk it together.  This will serve as your dressing.

For the wrap we need:
Boiled eggs
Pineapple chunks
Romaine (hand torn)
Tomatoes (sliced)

In a bowl, toss the romaine with the adobo sauce. Layer all the other ingredients, tomatoes, sliced boiled eggs, pineapple chunks, grapefruit slices and cashews. Drizzle a generous amount of the Pineapple/Vinegar/Rum dressing.  On a flat surface. lay a piece of tortilla wrapper.  Put the tossed ingredients in the middle, add  adobo cubes  and roll it tightly to make a nice wrap... Enjoy!


  1. Hi Malou-I love your adobo marinade recipe, and the incredible, delicious sauce. This wrap is sure to be a favorite in my family with all the fresh ingredients. Bothe chicken and pork is a perfect addition with the wrap!

  2. You have good combination of colors inside that wrap with true Philipine flag colors. Good job, Malou!

  3. It's no surprise that you're making friends so quickly! Your fabulous personality is infectious and savory adobo wraps help, too! 8-D

  4. Great Adobo idea! Liking the flavors of everything here! Thanks for sharing the cute story and yummy recipe!Glad to cook along with you again on this KCC challenge!

  5. Elisabeth: Thank you so much for all the comments you've posted on my blog today, wowza, you made me smile )

    ray: thanks for the theme and the inspiration behind this month's KCC challenge. Thanks for the help too.. and you know what i mean hehe.

    Tracey: I can't wait for us to meet and to check whether you will still feel the same way if we meet face to face hahaha.. JK! Hey keep safe, it's a stormy weather there today huh?

    Betty: yes im glad we're together in this journey and more cooking clubs we're both in together. happy Tuesday!

  6. What a great way to start a new friendship! I'm sure everyone at Emily's place loved your adobo wrap!
    And it's so perfect for the Kulinarya theme too...glad you submitted it! Better late than never! :-*

  7. The colors caught my eye! Purple and yellow made the other colors pop!

    I'm very fortunate to have met Malou! She is quite charming and SINCERE. That's what sticks.

  8. Wow, adobo wrap. Beautiful, delicious, and easy to make. Patriotic colors pa. Just perfect!:)

  9. thanks tina! they sure loved it.

    Annapet: Taray hahah. kaya kita love e!

    Oggi:so where would this wrap fall under your colored plate category? haha. thanks for dropping by.

  10. This looks interesting. I love the colors, they look so fresh and ready for grabs.
    I didn't know you moved Malou. You are now miles away from me.

  11. Yeah so glad to know you are making friends in your new city. And who wouldn't not want to be friends with you anyways?
    And especially cooking delectable food like the adobo wraps. (ok, I'll stop-sobrang sipsip na ba? LOL) Glad you made it to KCC, Malou! :)

  12. I am certain I would absolutely adore it if you arrived at my house with these!

  13. Definitely making this !!!! I love the colors inside, very fresh ! Great Job !

  14. I am a fan of wraps and this is something i would love to try!

    You rock! Galing!

  15. great idea...now I have additional use for excess adobo .... though it rarely happen ... :-)

  16. Hi Malou! Glad you're settling in well. This adobo wrap would surely break the ice. Be prepared to get a lot of invites from now on. I love the vinaigrette!

  17. Divine, Ading Malou!!! Congrats, what a fabulous idea! I will try this one day soon. Blessings.

  18. Gorgeous! I'd love to be your neighbor. What brands do you recommend for vinegar and soy sauce for that authentic Filipino taste?

  19. What a great wrap! I have a wrap almost everyday for lunch...this one looks great. I love the vinaigrette. How interesting and tasty!

  20. carol: oo nga sipsip baka maniwala pa ako haha.

    joanne: it would be exciting if one of these days we could meet up. it would be fun fun fun!

    day: thanks for dropping by.

    dudut: i hope you do. btw, thanks for the rt.

    R&G: i know, we have no leftovers too most of the time haha. but great way to re-use your adobo though. thanks

    adora: i don't mind the invites hehe as i need to meet a lot of new friends... to share food and fun.

    LPM: thanks M'Lei. i hope you could try it sometime.

    andrea: i use silver swan or datu puti. it will definitely make your adobo authentic. thanks for stopping by.

    ravienomnoms: hello great to meet you. thanks for stopping by!

  21. Hi, Malou!Wow! perfect combination, colors are bright and beautiful. Your eggs wow!! i love how yellow it is.


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