Filipino Adobo Puts the Country’s Heart and Soul in a Single Pot

David Hammond

“A lot of Filipinos have the same memory of coming home from school and opening the front door, and then you smell the adobo, and it’s like, ‘Yes!’” remembers Sarahlynn Pablo of Filipino Kitchen, a website where she curates recipes and chronicles food ways from the more than 7,000 islands of the Philippines. “Adobo,” Pablo sighs, “is Filipino comfort food.”

Anyone who has prepared adobo at home knows that the tantalizing fragrance of this...