Filipino Sushi: A Unique Fusion Recipe

Louise Mabulo
Louise Mabulo | Sep 09, 2014
Filipino Sushi: A Unique Fusion Recipe

Adobo + sushi = Filipino + Japanese cuisine at its finest.

Ingredients for the adobo

  • 6 strips bacon slices pork belly
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • Cayenne pepper

Ingredients for the sushi

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 pack dried nori wrapper
  • 6 spring onions
  • 1 ripe mango, sliced

Other bits

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Orange zest



1) For the fruity adobo, place in a deep heavy-bottomed pan, the bacon style pork belly, garlic, onion, soy sauce, and water. Place over medium-low heat and let simmer. Season to taste with soy sauce, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Toward the end of cooking, stir in the lemon juice. Let simmer for 5 minutes more, and turn off the heat.

2) Meanwhile, in another pan , simmer the rice wine vinegar, sugar, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of water. Fold the vinegar mixture into the rice with the sesame seeds. Season to taste.

3) On a sushi mat, lay the nori wrapper, shiny side down. Place a thin layer of the rice covering 3/4 of the wrapper, leaving a good amount of space at the top.

4) On the lower bit of the nori, place one strip of bacon, a bit of sauce, some of the lemon and orange zest spring onions and a strip of mango.

5) Roll tightly, like how you would roll sushi; once it's closed, place the sushi back to the bottom and roll to secure.

6) Slice the edges off with a wet knife. Slice in half, then slice the halves in half. Lay right side up. Plate on a rectangular plate and garnish the tops of the sushi with a little sauce (if desired) and the zest of both orange and lemon.

(This Filipino Sushi recipe first appeared on

Editor's Note:

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