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Shorts Ribs Adobo


When I first got the book Memories of Philippine Kitchens, as a gift, the first thing I looked at was the adobo section. It’s almost like you want to compare how this will stack up to the great adobos that you’ve had in your life. “BEEF SHORTRIBS ADOBO” page 40 was the one that caught my eye. Inevitably, it was the first thing that I tried cooking from the book. And so here it is again as I cook it one more time. I made it just like the book:

3 Tbps canola oil
3 lbs beef short ribs
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsps fresh ground pepper
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 head garlic, cloves separated and peeled
3 bay leaves
3 whole birdseye chiles

Season the ribs with the salt and pepper. Sear the ribs on all sides in the oil. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic bay leaves, black pepper, and chiles. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for a looooooong time (1 - 1.5 hours). Transfer the ribs to a plate. Increase the heat and reduce the sauce and discard bay leaves and chiles.  Pour sauce over ribs. Enjoy!


For this momentous occasion, a little San Mig Light action from the corner liqour store (some perks of being in Jersey City). Of course adobo and beer go great together… the vinegary, salty and in this case thickness from the coconut milk goes well the refreshing taste of a light beer.

Eat Filipino Food!

12 Responses to “Shorts Ribs Adobo”

  1. I might cheat and try this with pork ribs which I need to use up.

    Flipino cuisine looks so exciting!

  2. still waiting for my request :) oh and i love adobo too :) thanks for this variation,keep it up!

  3. This looks great! We don’t make enough rib dishes around here. I don’t know nearly enough about Filipino food, so if you recommend that book I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  4. Kalami!!! I’m thinking of trying this, but the only thing that’s discouraging me is the 1.5 hrs of simmering.. HAHAHAH…Guess I’m too much of a 30-minute girl, huh?

  5. Jescel, you can use a pressure cooker to shorten the time. I just don’t have a pressure cooker around :)

  6. This looks so good! I love your blog. I’m going to try to cook it.

  7. Wow, this got featured in Foodbuzz!

  8. It’s adobo all day, everyday! =)

    We blogged about chicken adobo — grilling the chicken pieces after braising!

    We blogged about pork belly adobo… and in an upcoming post, adobong kangkong. We even finally tried doing an adobong SALMON! =)



  9. We would like to feature your adobo ribs on our blog. Please email if interested. Thanks :)

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  10. Looks delicious. Nothing better than slow cooked short ribs.

  11. nice work - Ribs rule! and yeah, beer is better with them!

  12. Delicious recipe! I substituted country style pork ribs and used my slow cooker to simmer these for hours…they were incredible. I’m a Southerner but my wife is half Filipino and assured me these tasted like mom used to make! Thanks!

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