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


On June 12, our Independence Day (holiday) we decided to go to Market! Market! Taguig to celebrate a special occasion and have our brunch together with special friends.We went there around 10am, we choose Kamay Kainan to take our brunch. It is a buffet style resto and they offer an eat all you can for only Php 290.00 for more than 30 Filipino dishes and desserts plus Php 50.00 for bottomless “drink all you can” ice tea.
We were the first customer in that place so we choose the best spot located near the food area. I immediately grabbed my plate and I saw a wide variety Filipino main dishes like adobo, bopis, fried chicken, chicken curry, paksiw na pata, chicken liver and gizzard, binagoongan na baboy, kaldereta, ginataang kohol, pork chop, fried shrimps and crabs, dinuguan, beef mechado and kare-kare(yum! my favorite). The grilled dishes like lechon, inihaw na hito, inihaw na tilapia, etc is located outside near the entrace. They also have soup based dish like nilagang baka, sinigang na bangus, papaitan, sinigang na baboy, tinola, sinigang na ulo ng maya-maya sa miso, clams and mussels soup. For those who love vegetables, they offer ginisang ampalaya, pipino ensalada, chopsuey and pinakbet. They also offer fresh lumpia, pansit, longganisa, bagoong, salted eggs for side dish. For the dessert they have japanese cake, majablanca, minatamis na saging, ginataang halo-halo, muffins, brownies, gelatin and green mangoes with bagoong which my preggy wife eat most of the time. If your lucky, sometimes they serve seasonal ice cream.
A few minutes later many customers went in, a group of families and friends were gathered for their lunch and bonding time as well. It was a happy place because you will hear some guests laughing and chitchatting all the way. You will also hear the click clanking of utensils, plates and glasses. The restaurant’s staffs were very busy serving and helping some customers. They also have extension area for special gathering which is open during pick hours.

A tip of advice, be sure you have cash because they don’t accept debit or credit card. But don’t worry there’s a lot of ATM outside if you don’t have enough cash. I just notice that their black slip holders and receipts quoted of No Service Charge! so it’s up to you if you want to give a tip.

If you are a heavy eater and love Filipino food, Kamay Kainan is very SULIT” worth-it to experience a buffet style restaurant compared to others. It’s a good place to dine in terms of food and casual ambiance together with friends and family to celebrate any type of occasion.