Monday, September 14, 2009

Tinolang Manok (Chicken Ginger Stew)

Tinolang Manok (Chicken Ginger Stew)
Tinolang manok was one of my favorite dish, last night this was our meal. And of course it was cooked with TLC (tender loving care) of my lovely wife. Tinolang manok was one of the most popular dishes among Filipino people. My wife says that it is easy to cook. Wann know how? Here's the recipe and instructions on how to cook the famouse tinolang manok.

Ingredients :

· 1 lb. chicken, cut into serving pieces
or any choice cuts of your liking like thighs, drumsticks or wings)
· 1 thumb-sized fresh ginger root, cut into strips
· 2 cloves garlic, crushed
· 1 onion, chopped
· 2 tbsp. patis (fish sauce)
· salt, to taste
· 4 to 5 cups water (or rice water – 2nd washing)
· 2 to 3 sayote (chayote squash), quartered (or green, unripe papaya or potatoes)
· 1 cup sili (chili) leaves or malunggay or substitute 1/2 lb. spinach
· vegetable oil

Cooking Procedures :

1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add onions, stir-fry until softened and translucent.

2. Add chicken cuts. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until chicken colors slightly. Season with patis and salt.

3. Pour in water (or rice water, if using). Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer until chicken is half-done. Add in chayote (or papaya or potatoes, if using). Continue simmering until chicken and vegetable are tender. Correct seasonings and then add sili leaves or malunggay or substitute. Stir to combine until well blended. Remove from heat.

4. Let stand for a few minutes to cook the green vegetables. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.


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