How to Make Adobong Bayawak: A Filipino-Inspired Delicacy

Updated on January 15, 2020
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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. | Source

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 recipe is inspired by recipes from the Filipino province of Ilocos Norte, where my family came from.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 2 servings
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The ingredients: bayawak.Additional ingredients.
The ingredients: bayawak.
The ingredients: bayawak. | Source
Additional ingredients.
Additional ingredients. | Source


  • 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


For Preparation:

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

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon


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


  • 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.

Bayawak or monitor lizard.
Bayawak or monitor lizard. | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      16 months ago from Manila

      Hi Eric,

      Yes, I love Mexican adobo as well. Though ours is kinda sweeter version. On the other hand, most Asian countries food is almost similar. Maybe because of their influences on their nearby countries.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      16 months ago from Manila

      Hello Liz,

      I agree with you. You might night be able to find exotic stuffs in Europe. Most exotic foods I guess are commonly found in Asian countries or in some parts in USA. Maybe when you were able to visit the continent I guess.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      16 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      I believe that this is a common exotic delicacy. I hope you can try it next time when you get a chance to travel to places who offer this dish.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I always like reading your recipes - They are very comparable to some Vietnamese(South) and Mexican recipes which I am familiar with.

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      Liz Westwood 

      16 months ago from UK

      I think I might have difficulty finding the main ingredient in the UK, but this looks like an interesting dish.

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      Mary Norton 

      16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have never tried this but I have heard people talk about it. I am not sure if I have the stomach for it.


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