Adobo can be our national food because of how Filipinos adore and love this dish. That is why Datu Puti Adobo Movement is created o push Adobo to be our national dish. This is also to celebrate the cultural heritage of the dish and how it evolves through time.

The Datu Puti Adobo Movement is in search for the best version of their adobo. The contestants are inspired to do the Filipino comfort food based on the flavours, preference and availability of local ingredients.

Here are the finalist of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge:

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Dayrit’s Pork Adobong Laing Pinangat. Two Filipino favorites, Adobo and Laing, in one unique and flavorful dish.

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Lariza’s Seafood Adobo, a mix of crab, shrimp, and mussels cooked adobo style and topped with cheese.

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Good Meal Hunting’s Fried Chicken Adobo on fire.

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Chef Bab’s Sisig Beef Adobo ala Cabiao, a sisig style beef adobo wrapped in an omelette.

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Hunger Buster’s “ADOBURGER”. Made from 100% pure beef adobo patty, with kiwi and special sauce.

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Dadding’s Kitchenette Adobong Ensalada. A savory salad of Adobo flakes, red egg, and ripe mangoes.

The Datu Puti Adobo Challenge represents the next phase in the Datu Puti Adobo Movement after the very warm response of the advocacy last 2015.

To qualify and be part of this movement, vendor’s dish must use any type of meat or vegetable marinated or cooke with at least three main Datu Puti Products: Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Patis (fish sauce). The entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria: creativity of concept, which looks at the story behind the dish as well as originality, branding, and cooking technique; innovation, noting the use of unique special ingredients and Datu Puti products; and Philippine culinary heritage, including how it adopts and represents regional cooking styles.

Awarding of the Adobo Challenge Media and Bloggers’ Choice Award. (From left :RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale; Miguel Dayrit, Chef and 3rd Generation owner of  Dayrit’s Roast Beef; Gretchen King, Datu Puti Sr. Brand Manager and Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet)

Awarding of the Adobo Challenge Media and Bloggers’ Choice Award. (From left :RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale; Miguel Dayrit, Chef and 3rd Generation owner of Dayrit’s Roast Beef; Gretchen King, Datu Puti Sr. Brand Manager and Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet)

The finest vendors will show case their adobo recipes at the gastronomic showdown at the Mercato Central Saturday market in Bonifacio Global City on June 11 as the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge will culminate. There will be three winners taking into the account of flavour, story and heart behind their Adobo masterpieces, plus, a people’s choice award will also be given to the crowd’s favourite and also based on the preferences of the foodies on site.

Aside from the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge, the celebrations at Mercato Centrale on June 11 will also feature a celebration of homegrown talent, all in full support of the advocacy behind the Adobo Movement. The party will be hosted by familiar foodie Tonipet Gaba, and the feast will be made even more festive with musical performances by musical idols UpDharma Down and Ebe Dancel.

Drop by Mercato Centrale (along 7th avenue and 25th street, across The Forum and in front of the “Between the Lines” art mural) in BGC Taguig on June 11, Saturday, to witness a showdown and showcase of the best of the best of our homegrown talents onstage and behind kitchen doors.

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