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Pesang Manok (Chicken Stew)

Pesang Manok………Pesa has long been associated with the fish recipe such as Pesa (fish stew), but a chicken variation is also popular. Manok is the Tagalog word for ‘chicken’ and pesa is a word referring to something that is plainly boiled. This dish only requires salt and pepper to season the chicken and the taste is perfectly mix with vegetable . It’s a very popular dish somewhere in Southern Philippines. The taste is quite similar to Tinolang Manok as they are both using ginger to flavor the soup…………………Did you know that tomatoes gives the excellent flavor in a PESA dish? Tomatoes are the biggest source of dietary lycopene; a powerful antioxidant that, unlike nutrients in most fresh fruits and vegetables, has even greater bioavailability after cooking and processing. Tomatoes also contain other protective mechanisms, such as antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory functions. Eating tomatoes regularly can lower the risk of certain cancers as well as other conditions of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, ultraviolet light-induced skin damage, and many more….

Ingredients: serves 4-6 persons

  • 1 whole chicken – cut in serving portions
  • 5 cups rice washings
  • 1 thumb size ginger crushed
  • 2 pcs whole tomato
  • 1 bunch petsay or bokchoy
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium onion quartered.


  • Season chicken with salt then set aside. allowing the salt to penetrate to chicken.
  • In a large saucepan, boil rice washings with peppercorn, ginger and onions then add chicken and cook for about 20 minutes using low heat settings. Then Pour in tomato and bokchoy
  • Season and adjust the taste with fish sauce
  • Enjoy!!!!!!!
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