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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!!!!!!!

Pesa (fish stew)

My wife’s favorite cooking method for fish…It’s a fish stew with some vegetables like, tomatoes, ginger, cabbages or bok choy. Simply boil it and that’s it. The proper way of eating this menu is first, get a saucer and place a piece of chilli and fish sauce then smashed the boiled tomatoes. This will serve as your dipping sauce for the fish and vegetables. Everytime my wife cook this, It means, she will have a big DINNER!!!!!……………..Did you know that this fish “Black Snapper” and other fish are good source of Vitamin D, this vitamin is important for metabolizing calcium, which helps maintain bone health.

Ingrdients: good for 2-3 persons

  • I whole fish (I use black snapper) seasoned with 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 whole tomatoes
  • 2 “thumb size like” crushed ginger
  • 1 bunch bok choy or cabbage
  • 1 medium red onions(quartered)
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 cups water


  • Season fish with salt for atleast 3 hours allowing the salt to penetrate ito the fish, set aside
  • In a large sauce pan, Boil water and add peppercorns, onions, ginger and fish sauce. then add fish and boil for 10 minutes or until fish is cook, drop in bok choy and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
  • Smash tomaotes in a saucer and add chillies and fish sauce, this will serve as your dipping sauce.
  • Enjoy!!!


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