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SINAMPALUKANG MANOK

It was almost 3 days since Typhoon “Maring” started to show her strength in Manila and central Luzon. Heavy to torrential rain was experienced, several roads and streets where flooded. Schools and Universities were suspended including government and private offices.
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That was before noon time when the wind blew very hard so I was thinking what kind of soup dish will suit in this cold weather. Since we have chicken inside the fridge, I decided to cook sinampalukang manok or chicken in tamarind soup. This dish has a sour soup which is very similar to sinigang na hipon and sinigang na baboy. So I checked the refrigerator and the cabinet, I am lucky because all the ingredients I need are available. Here is my recipe that good for 4-5 persons.
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1 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces
12 pieces tamarind(sampalok) or 1 pack sinigang mix
5 cups rice wash or water
3 gloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced
3 tomatoes, quartered
3 pieces green peppers(siling haba)
1 bundle water spinach(kangkong), cut into 2 inches
1 bundle string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches
1 cup tamarind leaves, optional
fish sauce or salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons cooking oil

To extract the juice of tamarind, you have to boil the tamarind until soften then pound, strain and extract the juice. If tamarind is not available you may also use instant sinigang mix, but I prefer natural juice from tamarind. Set aside.

In a cooking pot, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and ginger then add chicken and stir cook until light brown. Add a little ground pepper and fish sauce to season the chicken. Pour enough rice washing then bring to boil. Add tomatoes, tamarind juice and tamarind then simmer in a low heat for another 5 minutes. Add sting beans and green peppers then cover and simmer for another 3 minutes. Adjust the seasoning according to taste using fish sauce. Add water spinach then turn off the heat, cover until the vegetable is wilted. Serve hot immediately and enjoy the sour taste of sinampalukang manok.

Here’s my rating:
Budget: 9/10
Food Preparation: 8/10
Cooking Time: 8/10
Utensils and Equipment: 9/10
Health Benefits: 8.5/10

PORK CHOP ALOHA

It was almost 2 hours before noon time, me and my wife were thinking what to prepare for lunch. She was looking for something sweet and I am craving in pork meat for almost a week. I looked in the cabinet and I saw a can of pineapple slices that we bought this morning from grocery store. So I sit in front of my computer to find out what recipes are suit in my resources. Google displayed different dishes with pork and pineapple. I decided to choose “Pork Chop Aloha”, since it is very simple to prepare and I have all the ingredients that I need.
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Instead of plain pork chop and pineapple, we want something with a twist. So my wife suggest to add bell pepper and white onion to gives more color to the dish and also help to produce aromatic smell. So I opened the fridge and grabbed all the things I need. Here are the ingredients that good for 4 servings.

4 pieces pork chops, 1-inch thick
1 can pineapple slices, reserve the juice
1 white onion
1 green bell pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
salt and pepper to taste

You may also use honey and brown sugar to caramelize and to add sweetness to your dish. But I think pineapple juice is enough to give sweet flavor, so I suggest to minimize the brown sugar.
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The procedure is so simple, first marinate pork chops with salt and pepper then set aside for 15 minutes. Grab a non-stick pan then melt butter and fry pork chops for 5 minutes each side or until golden brown and tender. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

In a same pan, reduce oil up to 2 tablespoons then saute onion and bell pepper. Pour pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey and brown sugar if using. Bring to boil then add pork chops and pineapple slices, cover the pan and simmer in a low heat for 2 minutes then you’re done! The taste is so good and of course my wife really loves it.

Here’s my rating:
Budget: 8.5/10
Food Preparation: 9/10
Cooking Time: 8/10
Utensils and Equipment: 9/10
Health Benefits: 7/10