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.
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.
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:
Food Preparation: 8/10
Cooking Time: 8/10
Utensils and Equipment: 9/10
Health Benefits: 8.5/10