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Filipino Coconut Milk Adobo

  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


A veganized version of a warm and cozy classic Filipino dish packed with bold flavors and easy to prepare! Made with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black peppercorns, this recipe perfectly balances salty, sour, and sweet.


  • 3 cups soy curls
  • 3 1/2 cups vegan chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 15 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • ½3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • 45 tablespoons light brown sugar, as needed to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes, garlic chili sauce, or sriracha, to taste
  • Optional: scallions, for garnish
  • Rice, for serving


  1. Prepare the soy curls. Add the broth to a small pot and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pot from heat and add the soy curls. Mix everything until the soy curls are moistened and then set aside.
  2. In the meantime, set a medium to large sauté pan over medium heat and add the oil. Once heated, add in the bay leaves and black peppercorns and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add in the minced garlic and onion and cook for about 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Add in the hydrated soy curls, broth, ½ cup soy sauce, vinegar, So Delicious coconut milk, ginger, and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  5. Bring the mixture to boil over medium heat, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook covered for 25 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot and simmer uncovered on medium-low heat for an additional 8 minutes, stirring every so often to ensure everything is uniform.
  6. Remove from heat and adjust soy sauce and brown sugar to taste. If you would like, you can remove the bay leaves and ginger slices, but we eat around them.
  7. Serve with rice, and enjoy!


  • Both dry or fresh bay leaves work.
  • If you’re looking for a vegan adobo recipe without coconut, try this one out here.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino