Had “mirienda” at Chowking this afternoon and saw a couple of the fastfood’s personnel having their late lunch. I believe they were having “tinola.” Having missed the taste of this Filipino soup dish, I’ve decided to have it for dinner. When I was done with my “mirienda”, I headed to the supermarket besides Chowking and bought the necessary ingredients: chicken drum sticks, ginger, sayote, chili leaves and a tinola flavoring.
It’s been a long time already since I last cooked a decent meal. I stopped due to the long and tiring preparation in cooking and the food just gets spoiled. I usually prepare a meal for me that is good for 2 days. There were times that I forgot that I have food in the ref. My food then gets spoiled. 😦 So, I instead settled for canned corned beef and tuna. These are faster to prepare and good for one serving only. This afternoon though, I just had to satisfy my craving for “tinola.” This is the first for me to prepare and cook it! Yipee! I think, cooking “tinola” is simple. I was able to observe how Auntie Neneng does it back in Davao. 😉
What I’m looking for in this dish is not just the taste of the soup but also in the chicken. I have had several disappointing “tinola” before. Some people tend to cut the part in marinading the chicken with ginger and salt. In doing this, the chicken loses the ginger flavor and one will need “patis” (fish sauce) to compensate for this. And since I’m not a big fan of “patis” and I think even back in my parent’s house, there’s no “patis” there, I prefer to just marinade the chicken instead of using it.
When I was done cooking, I told my “guinea pig”… I mean, my housemate to help himself with the “tinola.” His verdict… it was salty. 🙂 My quick solution, add water! When it was my turn to taste it, I’m not being biased here, but I find it A-OK! Just the way I want it. ^_^
Besides the comment earlier, the only thing that I wasn’t able to do right was how the “sayote” was sliced. I think I got the shape and size wrong. Anyway, I’ll just do a research about it.
So for this craving, it’s definitely a fulfilling *burp* SUCCESS!
Now, what would my next craving be? 😉