Do you know how to make chicken adobo?

Of course I do.

But what you really want to ask me is if I am Filipino enough?

Cuz I was born in America.

Though not in California.

then you ask me how did my family end up in Missouri?

and why don’t I speak Tagalog?

Does that make me less Filipino American?

The basic ingredients of adobo: Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Garlic and Pepper

Depending on the region,

Adobo could be prepared with more or less of the same ingredients

and it is still considered adobo.

Image of chicken adobo over white rice, a traditional (pre-colonial) Philippine dish
By Jack Lawrence —, CC BY 2.0,