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Adobong Dilaw (Turmeric Yellow Adobo) Recipe

Adobong Dilaw (Yellow Adobo)– A regional variation of the adobo dish which used turmeric ginger to boost the flavor and the color.

Spice up your adobo game, by using a different kind of spice to your dish! What’s good here, is that this is a healthier version of the regular pork adobo, because it uses turmeric which is—you guessed it—a spice!

This recipe is called the Adobong Dilaw, so learn how to cook one now by reading this recipe article.    

What is Adobong Dilaw?

Adobong dilaw or yellow adobo, to put simply, is a different version of the pork adobo. Unlike the more popular version which uses soy sauce, this one skips that ingredient and uses a spice known as the turmeric, which is responsible for the yellow color of the adobo.

Turmeric ginger is especially known for its medicinal and health benefits so it is a definitely good alternative for the usual adobo. Other ingredients found in the adobong dilaw are vinegar, bay leaves, sugar, onions, and garlic.

How to Cook Adobong Dilaw?

Very much similar to the pork adobo or chicken adobo,  the adobong dilaw is likewise something very straightforward to prepare and cook. Once you have all of the ingredients prepared in your kitchen counter, the procedure will almost go flawless. 

For an overview of cooking the adobong dilaw, you only have two main steps when making it. First one is to prepare the ingredients by chopping and slicing away. Once that is done, the next step will be to cook the ingredients, which is a matter of putting the ingredients into the pot one by one. It’s as easy as that!

It is a good idea to lightly sear the pork first before adding the liquid ingredients such as the vinegar, and water. This will improve the overall flavor of the pork. 

Adobong Dilaw Tips:

  • When choosing the right part of pork, the best suggestion is to use the pork belly, since it has the highest amount of fat and meat, which can improve the overall experience and taste of the dish, but lean cuts such as pork shoulder and ribs can also be used, if you want to choose healthier alternatives other than the pork belly.
  • When preparing the ingredients for the adobong dilaw, it is always a good idea to make sure that the cuts of the ingredients are equal in sizes. This will make for an easier cooking since you’re sure that all of them will be cooked evenly.
  • The good thing about adobong dilaw is that you can keep it for more than a day, if you happen to have leftovers. This makes for a good dinner for 2 to 3 days, especially if you’re living alone and having a busy week. Just make sure that it is sealed properly and is kept in the refrigerator and it will remain fresh for about half a week.
  • You can reheat the adobo using a pan or microwave. When using a pan, set it on low heat and then cook just enough until the insides are hot enough. For the microwave, repeatedly heat it for 1 minute and 30 seconds and until you achieve the desired temperature.

Other Types of Adobo

Since adobo is so popular all over the country, there’s no doubt that there would be different kinds of adobo you can test out. Here are examples of some of them:

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Adobong Dilaw (Turmeric Yellow Adobo) Recipe

A regional variation of the adobo dish which used turmeric ginger to boost the flavor and the color.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Adobo
Servings: 5
Calories: 390kcal


  • Cooking Pot


  • 1 kg pork, cut into cubes
  • 1 knob turmeric, cut into strips
  • 1 pc onion, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 pcs bay leaves (laurel leaves)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a cooking pot, pour in and heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add in the onions, garlic, and turmeric. Cook until soft and aromatic.
  • Add in the pork. Cook until all sides are lightly browned. Stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Pour in the vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the water. Leave cooking for 3 minutes and then lower heat and cover. Simmer for 45 to 60 minutes or until pork is tender.
  • Add in the sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or serving tray. Serve and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts
Adobong Dilaw (Turmeric Yellow Adobo) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.3g24%
Saturated Fat 3.7g23%
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 930mg27%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 1.9g2%
Protein 53g106%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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