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RECIPE: FILIPINO ADOBO BRAISED NECK OSSO BUCO

Braise

1.67 Hours

Serves 3-4

Difficulty: Simple

Filipino Adobo is a foundational dish of the Philippines, known for its savory, distinct soy flavor with the perfect balance of vinegar for an added tang and coconut sugar for a hint of sweetness. The neck shanks are braised in the sauce until the meat is delicate and tender, and the sauce has thickened to a sticky glaze. Although this "slow as you go" recipe takes a bit of patience, it's effortless and so worth the wait.

RECIPE BY JORDAN CABATIC
Ingredients
  • 2 packs Venison neck osso buco (Can also use shanks)
  • 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsps coconut sugar
  • ⅔ cup shoyu (regular or light but not dark soy sauce)
  • ½ cup distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp crushed peppercorns
  • Neutral oil
  • Scallions, thinly sliced
  • Fried garlic chips (optional)
  • Boiled eggs, peeled and whole (optional)
Directions
Step 1:

Start by preparing the osso buco by rinsing under cold water and using a paper towel to pat completely dry.

Step 2:

In a large dutch oven pot set heat to medium-high. Once the pot is hot drizzle a generous amount of oil. Place neck osso buco in the pot and sear for about 3-4 minutes or until a nice brown crust is built on all sides. Remove and set aside.

Step 3:

Adjust heat to medium and lightly drizzle oil in the pot. Add onions and garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes, continuously stirring.

Step 4:

Then add bay leaves and crushed peppercorns. Continue to stir for about 1 minute.

Step 5:

Place meat back in the pot along with any of the meat juices.

Step 6:

Next add shoyu, vinegar, water, oyster sauce, and coconut sugar. Stir and bring to a gentle simmer.

Step 7:

Then adjust heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to cook for about 2 hrs, or until meat is fork-tender, ensuring to check on it often and give it a quick stir. Add more water if needed.

Step 8:

Once the meat is tender, remove the lid and continue to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has slightly thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.*Note Optional to add boiled eggs at this step.

Step 9:

Garnish with scallions and fried garlic chips and serve over rice. Enjoy!

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