Cooking has been a very important past time for a lot of Filipinos. It‘s a fact that you can find a lot of unique dishes in the Philippines. Some of these even captured the taste of people worldwide. Filipinos are famous for coming up with very tasty dishes that could win someone’s heart. There are a lot of familiar tasty dishes that you can gulp on if you are in the Philippines.
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However, there are some dishes that are distinctly unique and some of you are even unaware that such dishes exist. One particular dish to mention is “Linagpang“. This is a traditional dish of the Ilonggos in western Visayas. The dish is quite unique and is very easy to prepare.
To begin the cooking session you will need these ingredients:
- A native chicken or a mudfish (hito)
- Onions and the onion leaves
- Chili or sili
- Two glasses of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
Start by grilling
The first thing to do is to light a fire and burn the charcoal. When the charcoal is hot enough, t you can then grill the native chicken or “hito“. You should able to grill the chicken or fish for about 8 to 10 minutes or just enough for the chicken or fish to absorb the aroma of the grill. The next thing you should do is put in the other ingredients in the griller. This includes the ginger, onions (but not the leaves), tomatoes and garlic. Since most of the spices will cook very easily in the griller, you may want to wait a few minutes before you grill in the spices.
After a few minutes in the griller you can get all the ingredients including the chicken or fish and set them aside for a while.
Boil the water
On a separate pan, boil the two glasses of water. When it starts boiling you can then put in the grilled spices, then the chicken or fish. This should not take long since the chicken or fish is pre-cooked. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper and the “sili” in. Finally, put in the onion leaves. Stir the broth gently and it’s ready to be served.
This uncommon dish would be a totally different culinary experience for everyone who loves to discover rare and unique dishes. Imagine the taste of grilled native chicken/fish in a soup, not to mention the hotness from the “sili.” This dish is superb during cold rainy seasons. Enjoy!