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Adobong Pusit Dampa Style

This Adobong Pusit Dampa Style recipe is super duper delicious! It’s the secret recipe of Dampa restaurants. Simple and quick to cook. It will tell you how to achieve a super tender pusit with a very thick black sauce. Happy cooking!

How to prevent your squid from being rubbery? It only takes about 2-3 minutes for squids to cook. So make sure that you don’t overcook your pusit (squid) or it will turn like hard rubber when overcooked.



  • 1 kilogram fresh pusit/squids, (bigger squids have more inks in them).
  • ½ cup toyo
  • ½ cup suka
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 thumb ginger (luya), chopped
  • 2 siling haba (long green chili pepper)
  • patis, to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • pepper
  • green onions, chopped
  • (no water needed)


  1. Preparation (Collect the Ink): Wash the squid under running water then drain. Dry it up with paper towels (avoid being so watery).
  2. Prepare a ceramic bowl for the ink. Pull the head and the tentacles, remove the ink sac, its a “plastic-like filament” inside each body (nasa dulo). Push it out like a toothpaste. For additional ink, slice the tentacles under the eye and squeeze out extra ink underneath. Puncture the ink sac in the bowl to collect all the inks together. Set aside. 
  3. In a pan or wok, heat oil to saute garlic, onions, luya and siling haba. Let it cook until fragrant.
  4. Add pusit, ink, vinegar and soy sauce. Do not stir and bring it to a boil. Do not cover pan and remove pusit immediately once it boils. Set it aside in a platter for the meantime.
  5. Continue to cook the sauce in the pan until reduced and add 1 tbsp sugar. Keep stirring the sauce until it becomes thickened. See photo below:
  6. Once the sauce is thick, add back the pusit and quickly mix it well to combine with the sauce about 1-2 minutes. Cooking squid should only take a total of 3 minutes. So avoid overcooking squid. Turn off heat immediately. Garnish with chopped green onions. Share and enjoy!
  7. Your squid are absolutely tender and so delicious just like the Dampa Adobong Pusit! Added with green onions garnish, the smell is so divine. Its better than dahon ng laurel. Serve and enjoy. Happy cooking!

Adobong Pusit
Remove the squid first, so it doesn’t overcook, and continue cooking the sauce until reduced and thickened. Squid only takes about 3 minutes to dont over cook it.

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