Chinese Pork Adobo

Meet my Chinese Pork Adobo ~ it’s classic Pork Adobo with a Chinese twist — sweeter and more fragrant because of star anise…
Chinese Pork Adobo

Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, hinding-hindi nawawala ang adobo sa weekly menu nyo sa bahay, diba? Mapa-pork, chicken, or mixed man yan… adobo is one of our no fail dishes.

One of the many Adobo that makes it to our lunch table on a monthly basis is this Chinese Pork Adobo. Why? Because it’s easy to cook and it’s super yummy! Like what I said, this is your classic Pinoy Pork Adobo but is a little sweeter and more fragrant because it has star anise.

So if your looking for something new but a bit familiar to serve your family — this is it.

Chinese Pork Adobo

You’re going to have to start with a thick cut pork belly when cooking this Chinese Pork Adobo. The fatty meat cut is just perfect to go with its thick, sweet, aromatic sauce.  To make the sauce, just combine watre, sugar, and soy sauce in a bowl. If you’re not into “sweet ulams”, then you might want to start with ¼ cup of sugar instead of ½ cup and just add more later. Sauté the garlic in a small pot. Use 5 cloves or as much as you like. And when it’s a bit brown, throw in the pork belly and brown it on all sides. Pour in the soy sauce sugar mixture and simmer for 40-50 minutes. That will soften the meat and make the sauce thick. After which, you can pour the vinegar and add the star anise.

Just a little more simmering and it’s ready to serve. Don’t forget to sprinkle with chopped spring onions and sesame seeds before serving.

This will definitely make you eat a lot of rice but if you’re trying to go low carb, then Cauliflower Rice is perfect.



Chinese Pork Adobo

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 600g pork belly, sliced then cut into squares
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce, I used Silver Swan
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 23 pieces star anise
  • Chopped chives and sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Combine sugar, soy sauce and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small pot and sauté garlic until it’s a little brown.
  3. Throw in pork and brown on both sides. Do not add oil. Let the pork fry in its own fat.
  4. Pour soy sauce and sugar mixture.
  5. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 40-50 minutes.
  6. By this time the meat should be very tender and the braising liquid has reduced and thickened.
  7. Pour vinegar and simmer for a minute before stirring.
  8. Add the star anise and simmer for two more minutes.
  9. Transfer to your serving plate and sprinkle with chopped chives and sesame seeds
  10. Serve with steamed brown rice or Cauliflower Rice and a sprinkling of chopped chives


The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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47 Responses

  1. Parang humba ito pag sa probinsiya.. Ang sarap.. Yung taba talaga ng baboy ang nagdala eh.. ??? Yum yumyum…

  2. The best yan matamis e. Fave ko mgA ganyan na cook! Lakas pa makasyosyal nung spring onions. ?

  3. masarap yan momsh.. yung star anise talaga nagdala e..hehe
    adobo yan ang #1 na ulam lagi sa bahay ?

  4. Sarap ng ganyang adobo napaparami ang kain ng mga bagets ko favorite nila adobo..

  5. ilove it ganyan ulam nmn ngaun pero d ganyn itsura hehhe❤️❤️❤️

  6. Yes, true hindi nawawala sa bahay namin ang adobo, especially pag sunday, lalo na paborito ko ang adobo ,pero simple adobo lang sakin ,walang star anise, adobong tuyo, adobang masabaw,adobong matamis, adobong medyo maanghang..hehehe, pag nasa bahay si hubby 2 klase adobo ko, tuyo at masabaw, kasi sa hubby ko tuyo sa mga kids ko masabaw yung kasi gusto nila..

  7. I like that it’s easy to cook. You’re right that does make it a perfect selection for a delicious summer meal.

  8. I LOVE pork belly and what a great thing to do with it! Star anise combined with the sweet and salty soy sounds like a perfect combination. I will definitely try this out!

  9. We always eat the classic adobo. I’ve been wanting to try new recipes of adobo and I think this is perfect!

  10. I’ve never made this before but would definitely give it a try.

  11. wow… got the recipe! ? may nutrition facts pa. i love it po. I’m sure matutuwa si hubby nito pag hinain ko ito sakanya.. thanks . nakakasawa narin kasi ngayon amg paulit ulit ng revipe kaya very helpfull po ito mommy. ? more recipes to come pls.
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  12. wow… got the recipe! ? may nutrition facts pa. i love it po. I’m sure matutuwa si hubby nito pag hinain ko ito sakanya.. thanks . nakakasawa narin kasi ngayon amg paulit ulit ng revipe kaya very helpfull po ito mommy. ? more recipes to come pls.
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  13. This is one of the most popular Filipino dish everyone loves. I like the nice twist in it. Looks like a beautiful dish.

  14. Yay pag mga ganito taLagang uLam momsh no to diet eh takagang mapaparami Yung Kain ko .. Ang sarap Naman nito kitang Kita mo Yung mga taba nya nag mamantika pa .. ganito mga gusto Kong ulam talaga bonggang Kain ginagawa ko hehe .. nice recipe momsh thanks for sharing ..

  15. My husband loves adobo so kahit every week, gusto niya kasama sa menu namin. Yun lang, hindi kami mahilig sa may star anise.

  16. Looks yummy! And I saw your different styles of adobo.. gusto ko itry lahat! Kahit andito kami sa foreign land, pinoy dishes pa rin ang luto. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. I always love Abodo lalo na kapag i have time to cook pa. i see to it na adobo yun kasi kahit iwan mo magdamag, hindi napapanis. I love our adobo with dahon ng laurel or bulaklak ng saging. We also put potatoes or kaya egg sa adobo namin.

  18. Wow looks delixious that I’m now craving for adobo!! I also use star anise and add eggs for my chinese adobo. I will try this recipe. Di rin nawawala ang adobo in our weekly meal plan. May bonus pa pala you have nutrition facts ang galing! 🙂

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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