As I've mentioned before in this blog, Adobo is the Filipino method for cooking anything in a mixture of vinegar, salt (and/or soy), garlic, black peppercorns, and bay leaf. Any good Filipino adobo should have that perfect balance of tang and saltiness. Now mind you, this "balance" of vinegar and salt is purely subjective of course. But having prepared a few different adobos for this blog, I've been able to refine my palate bit by bit and have begun to develop my own preference for what a good adobo should taste like.
As such, I can now crank out a delicious pot of chicken adobo at the drop of a hat with nary a glance at any printed recipe. Preparing chicken adobo has become second nature to me. The problem with this though, is that I was becoming a one-trick pony.
To me, knowing how to cook only chicken adobo is like knowing only one kind of dance. Sure, the Running Man may make you the life of the party for maybe the first couple of songs, but after awhile, the once-awed crowd will realize that the Running Man is pretty basic and they'll surely stop yelling your name and telling you it's your birthday.
What's that you say? Nobody does the Running Man anymore? Really? OK, how about the Cabbage Patch? No, again? Crap.
Alright, so maybe I'm horribly out of touch with the moves of today's house party goers, but you get the point right? There are many other types of adobo besides that of the chicken variety. Yes, I've made a pork ribs adobo before, but the procedure for that recipe is essentially the same for any chicken adobo recipe. I wanted to try something else. And since chicken and pork were done, the next logical adobo for me to try was squid adobo, or Adobong Pusit as it's known in the Philippines. And, depending on where you are in the Philippines, squid adobo may actually be more popular than chicken or pork.
If chicken adobo is akin to the Running Man, then Squid adobo is like the Kid 'n Play--awesome when done right, but downright grotesque otherwise. As such, learning to cook squid adobo is like learning to do the Kid 'n Play--dedicate enough time to either activity and you are bound to impress all the ladies (well, at least the ones that enjoy adobo and/or cutting a rug).
Don't believe me? Here's proof...