With more than 100 million people in the Philippines speaking over 150 languages (Filipino and English being the official), scattered throughout more than 7000 islands, Filipino culture is diverse. Favoring home-style cooking, the food is mostly meat-centric, and consist of tropical fruits, coconut, seafood, etc. Spanish colonization of the republic brought garlic, onions, adobo (preserving meat in vinegar and spices), along with wheat. In addition, Chinese and Japanese traders contributed dumplings and egg rolls, stir-fried noodles, tofu and soy sauce.
Below is a recipe for classic Filipino inspired ribs marinated in vinegar with minced scallions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, garlic and chiles then fried.
- cane sugar or unseasoned rice wine vinegar
- soy sauce
- oyster sauce
- fresh ginger
- garlic cloves
- Serrano chiles
- flanken-cut beef short ribs (1/3 inch thick)
- black vinegar
- Canola oil