Adobo – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Didactic Poem

So today, let’s explore the Didactic Poem … it is characterized more by its content than its form actually. It can be a sonnet, or free verse, blank verse or maybe a tanka. The important thing is that it carries a lesson of some sort.


Our national dish
One way to preserve food
When the Spanish first explored the Philippines
They encountered a cooking process that involved stewing with vinegar
The Spanish referred to it as adobo due to its superficial similarity
To the Spanish adobo. The Filipino adobo is an entirely separate method
Of preparing food. And is distinct from the Spanish marinade
We usually use chicken or pork, marinade it with vinegar
Soy sauce, garlic, onions, salt and pepper, bay leaves
Cook the meat until brown, then add the marinade
Simmer until cooked. Served with rice and peas
Also good for picnics and family gatherings
So easy to make and no two adobos are alike

with chicken or pork
to preserve
vinegar, soy sauce, garlic
our national dish

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

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