Filipino Chicken Adobo
Screengrab Courtesy of Joshua Weissman

On March 15, 2023, Google added a new animated Doodle to its platform. And the Philippines, rejoice as they feature Adobo, the first Filipino dish to be celebrated in Google Doodle! “Every bite is tender, juicy, and soulful,” according to Google Doodle. The celebration of Adobo highlights the importance of Filipino cuisine how it evolved, and how it will always be loved by Filipinos and tourists. Have you seen Doodle yet? It’s a GIF that would surely make your stomach crave some Adobo!

Google Doodle is a fun and creative way that Google celebrates various events, people, and holidays by transforming its iconic logo into interactive and animated artwork. Each Doodle is designed to be informative and entertaining, often incorporating fascinating facts, historical events, or playful animations that capture the essence of the day’s topic — just like today, the Adobo.

Google Doodle’s Adobo: A Source of Filipino Pride and Identity

Adobo is considered a source of Filipino pride and identity. The mere mention of the word “Adobo” can easily make Filipinos all over the world crave the taste of home. Filipinos have been a lover of food, but nothing could compare to the taste of Adobo at home. And perhaps, tourists could vouch for that too!

Google Doodle celebrates FIlipino Dish, adobo
GIF Courtesy of Google Doodle
  • Anthony Irwin, the Google Doodle artist, shared his experience while working on the art for this historic Doodle. He ordered some southern-style chicken Adobo from a local restaurant, and the smell brought back nostalgic memories of his childhood.
  • Irwin expressed that he tried to catch the childhood joy of enjoying and savoring the food that makes you feel at home. “I can claim Filipino food as a part of my culture and celebrate the connection it creates between my mother’s identity and my own,” Irwin said.

  • “Adobo is an important part of the story of Filipinos. It is an evolving, well-loved comfort food or way of cooking that crosses all economic boundaries,” said Mervin Wenke, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
  • Even in December 2006, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added Adobo to their list. In the next word list quarterly update of OED on March 15, 2007, the Filipino dish popped out again.

The Unique Elements of Adobo

Easily, you can cook your Adobo in your own home. Adobo is a stew made from marinated meat or vegetables and cooked with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper. The use of local flavors makes Filipino Adobo unique, as it is much sweeter, sourer, and saltier than other versions.

  • Of course, you can use whatever you have in your refrigerators. May it be chicken or pork, you can make your Adobo! Splash it with a little bit of your style if you want to *wink*

  • The dish has added twists depending on the regions where it’s cooked. Different areas in the Philippines offer their own Adobo variation. Some use vinegar exclusively, known as the adobong puti. While others incorporate coconut milk, seafood, or vegetables like water spinach (kangkong) and green bean (sitaw).
  • Significantly, some also cook adobong kangkong or adobong sitaw, it’s healthy! Use seafood too if you have the means, squid adobo is one of the favorites! So, go ahead and experiment with Adobo all you want, no one stops you.

A Rich History and Unmatched Taste

Adobo became enjoyed worldwide, and certainly evolved throughout the centuries. It is a symbol and expression of Filipino pride that varies from region to region, family to family, and palate to palate.

  • The children in the artwork make perfect sense of how Adobo belongs to the simple joys in the Philippines. You would not disagree when we say that its taste remains unmatched, and it entices you through its distinct aroma. Adobo leaves you and your stomach happy and wanting more.
  • Seriously, we still don’t know what’s behind the fact that Adobo tastes better and better when it gets heated two or three times! If you haven’t tried that out, we suggest you should, folks.

Adobo in Google Doodle

Filipinos have no national dish, but certainly, when you say Adobo, it brings you back to the Philippines. There’s just this certain taste that Adobo offers, and you just can’t stop getting more rice and eating more!

  • Google’s celebration of Adobo as a Google Doodle is a significant recognition of the importance of Filipino cuisine. How it became a staple food, and easily innovated with new ingredients in every region. It continues to attract people worldwide, making it an iconic symbol of Filipino culture.

Take this as your sign to try and cook this Filipino dish, Adobo, today! Who knows, this may be one of your favorite food once you get to try it, and thanks for reminding us about Adobo, Google Doodle!

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