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Adobong Gulay: A Tasty Vegan Twist on the Classic Filipino Dish You Need to Try

Welcome to the world of Filipino cuisine, where flavors collide and create a symphony of taste. Today, we’ll explore the wonders of Adobong Gulay – specifically, the delectable combination of eggplant and potato. The tender and succulent eggplant soak up the bold and piquant adobo sauce, creating a melt-in-your-mouth sensation. Meanwhile, the potatoes contribute their earthy and slightly buttery taste, complementing the dish with a pleasant firmness. The harmonious blend of these textures and flavors and the vibrant aroma of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce immerses you in a delightful sensory experience that will leave you craving more.

What is Gulay and Adobo?

Gulay, in the Filipino language, means “vegetables.” On the other hand, Adobo is a popular Filipino dish that typically involves marinating and stewing meat in a flavorful sauce made of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and spices. The term “Adobong Gulay” refers to a vegetable version of this classic Filipino dish, which can be made with various vegetables, such as eggplant and potatoes, as we’re featuring today.

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Vegan Alternatives for Adobo

My journey with Adobong Gulay began as a cherished family tradition passed down through generations of Filipino home cooking. Whenever meat was not an option, or we craved a lighter, plant-based meal, my family would gather in the kitchen to prepare vegetable adobo. The familiar aroma of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce filled the air, signaling that something special awaited our dinner table.

Adobo can still be enjoyed with a few simple ingredient swaps for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Replacing meat with vegetables like eggplant and potato creates a delicious and satisfying alternative. You can experiment with other vegetables like string beans, okra, or bell peppers. Using vegan-friendly soy sauce and omitting animal-based products ensures that your adobong gulay remains 100% plant-based.

Although the traditional adobo is meat-based, the technique has evolved to include vegetables, making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Different regions of the Philippines have unique variations of adobo, resulting in various flavors and textures. For more adobo recipe variations, check out these links:

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Tips and Tricks for Perfect Adobong Gulay

Here are a few tips to elevate your adobong gulay experience:

  1. Preparation is key: Cutting the vegetables into uniform sizes ensures they cook evenly and at the same rate.
  2. Customize your dish: Be bold and experiment with different vegetables or adjust the seasonings to your taste. Add a little sugar or coconut milk for a sweeter adobo or some chili peppers for a spicier kick.
  3. Cook low and slow: Simmering the adobong gulay on low heat allows the flavors to develop and the vegetables to become tender without falling apart.
  4. Use quality ingredients: Opt for premium soy sauce and good quality vinegar for a richer, more complex flavor.
  5. Serve with White Hot Rice: There’s nothing like enjoying Adobong Gulay with a steaming bowl of hot white rice. The fluffy grains absorb the rich adobo sauce, creating a perfect harmony of flavors that will satisfy your cravings and leave you feeling warm and content.

Adobong Gulay, particularly the eggplant and potato variation, offers a delightful and vegan-friendly twist on a classic Filipino dish. By incorporating these flavorful vegetables and following our tips and tricks, you can create a satisfying and delicious meal that honors the rich culinary heritage of the Philippines. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Adobong Gulay with Eggplant and Potato!


Adobong Gulay (Vegetable Adobo)

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Course: MainCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4 medium 4 medium Eggplants (cut into bite-sized pieces)

  • 2 large 2 large Potatoes (peeled and cut into chunks)

  • 1/3 cup 78.07 ml Apple Cider Or Red Cane Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup 118.29 ml Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce

  • 2 medium 2 medium Red Onions (peeled and sliced)

  • 8 cloves 8 cloves Garlic (peeled and minced)

  • 1/2 tsp 2.2 g Whole Mixed Peppercorns

  • 3 pcs 3 pcs Bay Leaves

  • 4 tbsp 59.15 ml Olive Oil (for frying)

  • 1 tbsp 14.79 ml Olive Oil (for sautéing)


  • Begin by frying the eggplant and potato chunks in 4 tbsp olive oil until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a separate pan and sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
  • Add the fried eggplant and potatoes to the pan with the onions and garlic.
  • Pour in the apple cider vinegar and soy sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Add the whole mixed peppercorns and bay leaves to the mixture.
  • Simmer the dish on low heat for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the vegetables to tender. Ensure to stir occasionally to prevent the vegetables from sticking to the pan.
  • Once the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened, remove the bay leaves and discard them.
  • Serve your eggplant and potato adobo over steamed rice, and enjoy a delicious and hearty vegan meal.

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  • Taste the adobong gulay and adjust the seasonings if necessary. You can add more soy sauce or vinegar to suit your preferences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Adobong Gulay?

Adobong Gulay is a Filipino vegetable dish cooked in the traditional adobo style, using soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and pepper.

What vegetables are typically used in Adobong Gulay?

Common vegetables used include string beans, eggplant, bamboo shoots, and spinach, but you can use almost any kind of vegetable.

Is Adobong Gulay vegan?

Traditional Adobong Gulay is vegan. However, it’s essential to check ingredients as some variations may include animal products.

What does Adobong Gulay taste like?

The taste is tangy and salty, with the distinct flavors of soy sauce and vinegar, enhanced by garlic and pepper flavors.

What can I serve with Adobong Gulay?

It’s typically served with rice. However, it can also be served with bread or as a standalone dish.

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