Tinolang Manok

Ever since I lived away from home two and a half years ago, I’ve lived on fried food, take outs, and heated food cooked by my mom. Today, I got home around 7 pm and boy, was I hungry! I opened the fridge and guess what, it was empty! The freezer had hotdog, chicken, and fish fillet. Usually, I’d go for hotdog since it’s the easiest to cook but last week, in my laziness, I had hotdog  on two meals in one day! So, X!! Then I saw the chicken and I remembered my mom cooked Tinola over the weekend. Idea!! I researched for the recipe and here’s what I found:


1 kilo whole chicken, cut into pieces.
1 small young papaya or sayote, cut into small pieces.
2 tablespoons ginger, crushed and slliced into strips
1/2 cup dahon ng sili (chili leaves) or mallunggay leaves
1 liter of water
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 red onion, diced
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)


1. In a stock pot, heat oil and sauté garlic, onion and ginger.
2. Add water and the chicken.
3. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until chicken is almost done.
4. Season with patis
5. Add papaya and continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until papaya softens but not overcooked.
6. Add sili leaves then turn off the heat.
7. Serve steaming hot on a bowl with plain rice on the side.


So, I went to the grocery, Rustan’s to be specific. It’s the closest grocery from my condo unit. Apparently, they didn’t have malunggay leaves so I decided to go to Landmark instead. It was a 10 to 15 minute walk from Rustan’s to Landmark. Turns out, Landmark also didn’t have malunggay leaves. It was all for naught, then. Inisip ko nalang, exercise! Hahaha!

I got back home around 8:30 pm. Talk about a late dinner! Anyway, I cooked, blah blah blah blah blah. And all I can say is, I really am my father’s daughter! Hindi marunong tumantya. Instead of patis, my mom advised to use Knorr Chicken cubes instead. Since I’m only gonna cook for me and my sister, the serving sizes of the ingredients should be smaller right? But no, I went against my better judgement and placed a whole chicken cube. Dapat half lang. It turned all yellow. And I think I diced too much onion. And, I think my papaya was undercooked. Hahaha! Oh well, papel! I’m a total noob. Better luck next time. I still have some left over ingredients. I’ll try again soon.  🙂

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