Here’s a vegan version of Filipinos’ national dish that tastes sweet, tangy and savory with a flavorful adobo sauce! This delicious and healthy dish is so easy to cook, addicting and perfect for any occasion!
What is Tofu Adobo?
Tofu Adobo is a popular and delicious Filipino adobo dish made vegan! It is prepared using tofu and mushrooms instead of meats like chicken and pork but with the classic flavorful adobo sauce recipe.
Did Adobo originate in the Philippines?
Yes. Its existence was first recorded in 1613 by the Spaniard Pedro de San Buenaventura. In the late 16th century, when the Spaniards first visited the Philippines, they witnessed a cooking process that involved stewing with vinegar which is one of the Filipino natives’ way to preserve foods.
The Spaniards called it adobo because of its superficial similarity to the Spanish adobo in using vinegar and garlic. However, the two have key differences since Spanish adobo sauce is distinctly spiced and fiery while the Filipino adobo is tangy, salty and sweet.
This delectable dish is usually served in almost every Filipino home during celebrations or special occasions and even on regular days. No wonder if this dish will become one of your family’s favorite foods since it’s super easy to cook, flavorful and undeniably delicious!
Tips and Procedures:
- Use “non-reactive bowl and pan” like stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and metal pan with enamel coating for best results. You may also use clay pots like cooking it in a traditional way.
- It is best to use firm tofu in this recipe. It is important to marinate it for a few minutes to an hour before cooking.
- Make sure to remove any excess water or moisture from the tofu before marinating. You may wrap the block of tofu in paper towels and place a heavy board or skillet on top and let it rest for a few minutes.
- You may use arrowroot powder or cornstarch with some water to volumize the adobo sauce and thicken it.
- Feel free to add vegetable broth that will bring up the flavors of this dish.
- Add the salt only towards the end of the cooking process to prevent the reduced sauce from being too salty.
- Storage: Put the leftover adobo tofu in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
How to Make Tofu Adobo:
Listed below are all the ingredients you will need:
- dark soy sauce
- oyster mushroom sauce
- white vinegar
- bay leaf
- brown sugar
- cracked peppercorns
- chili powder
- firm tofu
- canned whole button mushrooms or fresh mushrooms
- vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- spring onions or green onions
In a large non-reacting bowl, mix dark soy sauce, oyster mushroom sauce, white vinegar, chopped garlic, bay leaf, brown sugar, peppercorns, and chili powder until well combined. Add the tofu, mushroom, and marinate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour:
Remove the tofu from the marinade. On a pan over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat for about 1 minute. Next, fry the tofu until it’s crisp and dark brown for 3 minutes on each side, then set the fried tofu in a serving bowl:
In the same pan, add the mushrooms with the adobo marinade and cook and simmer for 5 minutes. Toss in the tofu into the sauce, put salt and pepper to taste then mix well:
Garnish with green onions and serve with steamed rice. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
It tastes savory, tangy and sweet which fits perfectly to Filipinos’ taste buds.
This dish is traditionally cooked with meats like pork and chicken but I prefer the plant-based protein like tofu for a healthier option.
I used white vinegar in this dish but cane vinegar or the unseasoned rice vinegar works too.
Filipino Tofu Adobo
- ⅓ cup dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegan oyster mushroom sauce
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cracked peppercorns
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 13 oz firm tofu cut into large cubes
- 4 oz whole button mushrooms cut in halves
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- ⅛ cup green onions for garnish
- In a large non-reacting bowl, mix dark soy sauce, oyster mushroom sauce, white vinegar, chopped garlic, bay leaf, brown sugar, peppercorns and chili powder until well combined.
- Add the tofu, mushroom and marinate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Remove the tofu from the marinade.
- On a pan over medium high heat, add the oil and heat for about 1 minute.
- Next, fry the tofu until it’s crisp and dark brown for 3 minutes on each side, then set the fried tofu in a serving bowl.
- In the same pan, add the mushrooms with the adobo marinade and cook and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Toss in the tofu into the sauce, put salt and pepper to taste then mix well.
- Garnish with green onions and serve with steamed rice.