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Adobong Sitaw with Tofu

When it comes to Filipino cuisine, I can say that adobo is the most versatile dish. You can cook adobo with almost anything...from seafood, poultry, pork and even vegetables.

Adobong Sitaw (String Beans Adobo) is the most common vegetable adobo dish in the Philippines. It is basically string beans cooked adobo style, i.e., with garlic, onions, soy sauce and vinegar. Many cook it with pork to give it a meaty taste, but it is optional. As for me, I always cook it with pork so my kids would eat my adobong sitaw. But if you are a vegan, you can cook it without the pork. I also add tofu most of the time. I just love tofu so much that I want to include it in my recipes whenever possible. 
If you love string beans, this recipe is for you! :)

* I shared this on What's Cooking WednesdayWhat's on the Menu Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday.

Prep Time: 10 mins               Cook Time: ~30 mins                Servings: 4                       

  • 2 bundles string beans
  • 1 cup pork strips
  • 2 pcs. tofu, fried and cut into strips
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. vinegar ( I used spicy white vinegar)
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • salt

1. In a covered large skillet, cook pork in 1/8 cup water until water evaporates.
2. Add vegetable oil, sauté garlic and pork until brown.
3. Add onions and sauté until almost translucent.
4. Add string beans and sauté for a minute.
5. Add soy sauce, vinegar, water and black pepper. Mix well. Cover and simmer until string beans are cooked but still crunchy.
6. Add salt to suit your taste. Add tofu. Cover and simmer for a minute or two.
7. Remove from heat. Serve hot with rice.


  1. That sounds really delicious and easy to make. With a bit different flavors compared to my everyday meals as well. Yum!

  2. YUMMY!! i love love love string beans, but for some reason, i don't make these. growing up as a kid, i never liked adobong sitaw..LOL! but maybe my taste buds have changed since i'm a mom na.

    btw, just thought i'd let u know that i've tried adobong sisig once. and since you make one of the best sisigs i know, you should have it on your blog. :p

  3. I will, Anne...but I have to post my basic sisig recipe first. it's long overdue! LOL

  4. Yum! Love your recipes & very cute blog. :)

  5. this looks like a easy and fantastic toss and ready dish. I am not a big fan of tofu but I am liking the look of it :)

  6. That sounds delicious! I love tofu too and use it almost everyday in my stir fries.

  7. My husband's eldest children were born in the Phillippines at Clark Air Force Base. They both fondly remember lumpia, but unfortunately I never knew how to make it. I'm so glad you found my blog while blog hopping because it looks like you have fantastic recipes including their favorite dish - how lucky I am today! Thank you for choosing to follow

  8. It sounds (and looks) delicious. You know, I have never cooked tofu!! I must try it! I love vinegar, so I am sure I'd love this dish!

  9. Pork, tofu and green beans.. looks good and ingredients are nice :)

  10. I am definitely not a vegetable person but tofu is my weak point - I adore it
    Especially in such gorgeous dishes :)

    Choc Chip Uru