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Adobong Kambing: Filipino Goat Meat Adobo

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Goat adobo

Goat adobo

What Is Adobo?

Adobo is a very typical Filipino dish. Interestingly, the dish actually originated in Spain, but it has since spread to the Philippines as well as Latin America. Specifically, adobo refers to the marinade of spices and vinegar that is used to help preserve meat. In the Philippines, we created our own version of that marinade by adding soy sauce.

Traditionally, this dish is made with chicken, but there are many variations. You can use pork, potatoes, and other ingredients, as well. This particular recipe uses goat meat, which you can find at Asian stores.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

45 min

1 hour 5 min

6 servings


  • 1 pound goat meat, cut up into bite-sized pieces, available at Asian stores
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 3 slices fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Boil the goat meat in water and ginger until meat is tender, about 15 minutes. This will help eliminate the gamey taste.
  2. Drain the meat. Heat oil in a frying pan and pan-fry the meat until brown.
  3. Add the goat meat to a stockpot with soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorns, bay leaves, chilli pepper, and crushed garlic.
  4. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Suggestions and Variations

Try varying the recipe in these ways:

  • Marinate the meat overnight in the sauce before cooking.
  • Substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.
  • Try traditional cane vinegar, which is available in Asian stores.
  • Add cubed potatoes to the pot halfway through the cooking time. It takes approximately 15 minutes to cook the cubed potatoes.
  • Use beef, pork, or chicken instead of goat meat. In this case, you would not need to boil the meat in water and ginger since these meats are not gamey.
  • Omit the chilli pepper if you don't want it to be spicy.

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