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Adobong Sitaw: Filipino Long Beans Adobo (Vegetarian)

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Adobong sitaw is an adobo dish with long beans

Adobong sitaw is an adobo dish with long beans

What Is Adobong Sitaw?

Sitaw is a type of Asian green bean that is used widely in Filipino cuisine. It's also known as Chinese green beans or Chinese long beans. They're similar to green beans except they are thinner and much longer, sometimes more than three feet long.

Adobo comes from the Spanish word adobar, which means marinade. But unlike Spanish adobo sauce, which is made up of vinegar, salt, garlic, paprika, and oregano, Filipino adobo sauce is made from soy sauce and either vinegar or a citrus like calamansi, which is like small, round lime.

The long beans are cooked for a short period of time only, which makes this an easy dish to make.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

5 min

20 min

4 servings


  • 1 bunch sitaw (Chinese long beans), cut into 4-inch strips, available at Asian stores
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons calamansi juice, available at Asian stores
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 dried bay leaf


  1. Wash the cut long beans.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Saute the garlic and onions until the garlic turns slightly brown and the onions become translucent.
  4. Add the long beans, bay leaf, soy sauce, and calamansi juice. Simmer for at least 5 minutes.


  • Calamansi juice: If you don't have this juice on hand, you can substitute lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar.
  • Meat option: Add your favorite meat, such as pork, if desired.
  • Garnish: Garnish with toasted garlic.

Filipino Soy Sauce