This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.com.
Aside from the fact that it’s fun to say, “adobo” is one of those food terms that can be confusing. You’ve heard it in reference to a sauce and a spice… a verb and a noun. What exactly is going on here?
It turns out that adobo is a dish that originated in the Philippines and is sort of the unofficial national dish. T-shirts have been created that read, “Got Adobo?” to reflect Filipino pride (no worries, you can buy them on Amazon). BUT, the term is also used in Caribbean and Mexican cooking, in reference to different forms and flavors. So before you throw the term wrong, here’s what you need to know to be an adobo expert. Okay, maybe not an expert but this will definitely clear the air: