Tinu-om na Manok

Tinuom or Tinu-om na Manok is a native dish of the Cabatuanons. Tinu-om is made of native chicken seasoned with simple ingredients and wrapped in banana leaves. I would suggest serving this delicious Tinuom na Manok with a side of fish sauce for dipping, which is optional and not the original way of serving this healthy Chicken Tinuom. 

Native chicken is not easily available here in my location so instead I used game hen and it worked really well. Feel free to use the regular chicken. Tinuom or Tinu-om is a native language that means balot or wrapped chicken. I would say, this Ilonggos chicken dish is similar to the famous Tinola but more flavorful and healthier. Watch the short video below on how to make Tinu-om na Manok and to learn how easy to have this delicious chicken soup that for sure your family would love.


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  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 large tomato, cut into 4
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 3 inches
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pieces Cornish game hen, cut into 8 pieces
  • banana leaves for wrapping
  • string for tying

  1. In a deep bowl, place chicken, salt, lemon grass, tomatoes and onion.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken.
  3. Prepare the banana leaves and the string.
  4. Pour enough chicken mixture into the banana leaf, gather the edges and tie it with a string.
  5. Arrange the chicken mixture wrapped in banana leaves in a pot and fill with enough water and start boiling.
  6. You have the option to steam or boil but few recipes I found in the web recommends boiling.
  7. It will take at least 30 minutes of boiling in high heat then 30 minutes in medium heat.
  8. Make sure the water is enough that covers the chicken in banana half way.
  9. Keep the pot covered during the boiling process.

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