If you’re wondering what to serve with your pork adobo you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for pork adobo.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with pork adobo are garlic fried rice, pancit canton (noodles), Achara (Filipino pickles), and pandesal bread rolls. For salad options, try a tossed green salad or a Thai mango salad. You can also serve lumpia, chop suey, potato salad, or lemon garlic broccoli.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Garlic fried rice
Also called sinangag, this is my go-to dish to serve with pork adobo.
It’s made with five simple ingredients – day-old rice, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Of course, you can make it fancy, but I usually stick to this recipe so the rice won’t overpower the main dish.
This garlic fried rice is the perfect base to soak up all that savory, tangy sweetness from your pork adobo sauce.
Tossed green salad
This isn’t a traditional side dish for pork adobo, but a green salad is always a welcome addition to any meal.
This salad contains crispy and crunchy textures that perfectly contrast your tender pork adobo.
It also features a tangy mustard vinaigrette that helps undercut your pork adobo’s richness.
I love using lettuce for this tossed green salad, but you can switch it up and use kale, swiss chard, or even brussels sprouts.
Achara (pickled vegetables)
This classic Filipino pickled relish is made with green papaya, red onions, and jicama.
The ingredients are soaked in a vinegar mixture overnight, infusing them with a tongue-tingling sweet-but-sharp flavor.
Brighten your pork adobo with a serving of this achara.
And if you can’t get green papaya – use daikon radish instead.
Pandesal (bread rolls)
This classic Filipino bread roll is usually eaten for breakfast but can be enjoyed anytime.
Each roll is soft, fluffy, and has a slightly sweet flavor.
It’s common to stuff the bread rolls with anything you can think of – butter, jams, eggs, and even meaty main dishes like pork adobo.
In the mood to bake?
Give it a try with this easy pandesal recipe.
Garlic baby bok choy stir fry
A simple side like this baby bok choy stir fry is an excellent addition to a dish as flavor-packed as pork adobo.
It won’t overshadow your adobo, plus it’ll add a pop of color to the plate.
You can make this garlic baby bok choy stir fry as tender or crisp as you like – I prefer to keep them crisp.
Pancit canton (noodles)
Pancit canton is a Filipino noodle dish that originated from the Chinese, so it may remind you of chow mein, but pancit uses wheat flour noodles instead of egg noodles.
It’s loaded with crisp-tender vegetables, so all it needs is a big spoonful of pork adobo on the top.
Want a taste? Try it out with Whisper of Yum’s recipe.
Got the cravings for something crunchy?
Lumpiang is the way to go.
Regular lumpia is filled with pork, but with pork adobo, I prefer to serve this lighter version stuffed with bean sprouts and shrimp.
Warning: lumpia are dangerously addictive, especially when dipped in spicy vinegar.
My favorite thing about chop suey is that there are no set rules on what vegetables to use – take it as an opportunity to use up any odd bits of vegetables you have left in the fridge.
And the key to crispy veg is to start with the thing that takes the longest to cook (carrots take forever!).
Try this yourself with Foxy Folksy’s chop suey recipe.
Thai mango salad
Explore more Asian flavors and serve your pork adobo with a Thai mango salad.
It has a subtle tart flavor with a hint of sweetness, which will balance out the deep, savory flavors of your pork nicely.
Bright and refreshing, this 20-minute salad is a colorful addition to any dining table.
Simple potato salad
No one can resist a creamy potato salad, especially when it’s next to a steaming bowl of pork adobo.
Potato salads can get pretty complicated.
But this one is just potatoes, a creamy dressing, and some chives. The dressing helps to mellow out the strong flavors of the pork.
You can serve potato salad warm or cold, and Ajoke gives you plenty of dressing options.
Lemon garlic broccoli
Steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy addition to any meal.
But if you find it too plain, you can spruce the broccoli up by tossing it with a zesty, garlicky oil.
It’s a simple extra step that will make your steamed florets stand out.
And the spritz of lemon adds some vibrancy to the pork.
The best side dishes to serve with pork adobo
- Garlic fried rice
- Tossed green salad
- Garlic baby bok choy stir fry
- Pancit canton
- Chop suey
- Thai mango salad
- Simple potato salad
- Lemon garlic broccoli
What To Serve With Pork Adobo
- 1 portion pork adobo
- Prepare your pork adobo according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: garlic fried rice, tossed green salad, Achara, pandesal, garlic baby bok choy stir fry, pancit canton, lumpia, chop suey, Thai mango salad, simple potato salad, and lemon garlic broccoli.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!