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How to Make Adobong Bayawak: A Filipino-Inspired Delicacy

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Learn how to make adobong bayawak: a Filipino-inspired exotic delicacy.

Learn how to make adobong bayawak: a Filipino-inspired exotic delicacy.

Bayawak, or monitor lizard, is a type of carnivorous lizard that is native to Africa, Asia, and Oceania. In many parts of the Philippines, bayawak is prepared as an exotic delicacy. This particular exotic recipe is inspired by recipes from the Filipino province of Ilocos Norte, where my family came from.

Cook Time

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10 min

30 min

40 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 250 grams bayawak, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 1 plate
  • 2 small bowls
  • 2 medium bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
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For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Saute bayawak until golden brown.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan. Cook until tender.
  4. Add more water if necessary. Cook until the water has cooked off.
  5. Serve adobong bayawak with your favorite alcoholic drink.
Bayawak is an example of exotic food from around the world.

Bayawak is an example of exotic food from around the world.

Tips

  • Add fresh garlic and onions if preferred. Saute garlic and onion first—before adding the other ingredients.
  • Make it spicy by adding fresh bird's eye chilies or chili garlic oil.
  • Add more liquid if necessary.
  • Serve adobong bayawak as a pulutan or hors d'oeuvre.
Bayawak or monitor lizard.

Bayawak or monitor lizard.

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