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Chicken with Tamarind Tops


Chicken with Tamarind Tops, also called Sinampalokang Manok is boiled chicken with sour-based soup.


  • 1 kilo chicken; cut into serving pieces
  • 1 onion; sliced
  • 2 tomatoes; sliced
  • 1/2 cup string beans; cut 2" length
  • 4 cloves garlic; crushed
  • 1 root ginger; crushed
  • 2 cup tamarind tops and flowers
  • 5 cups water
  • Fish sauce or salt to taste
  • Cooking oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. Wrap the tamarind tops and flowers in a cheesecloth; tie both ends together.
  2. In a casserole, sauté garlic, ginger, onion, and tomatoes.
  3. Add chicken and saute until chicken turns light brown.
  4. Pour enough water, then add the wrapped tamarind tops and flowers.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add the vegetable.
  6. Strain and squeeze the cheesecloth, then remove from the casserole.
  7. Season with fish sauce according to taste.
  8. Cook until done. Serve hot!

Cooking Tips

  • Always dry chicken well with paper towels before placing into hot frying pan so it won't stick.
  • You may add vegetables of your choice like radish, spinach, eggplant.

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