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Tinu-om na Manok

A native dish of the Cabatuanons is made up of native chicken seasoned with simple ingredients and wrapped in banana leaves.

Native chicken is not available here in my location so instead I used game hen and it worked really well. The taste is almost the same as the one we had in one of the restaurant in Iloilo City.

  • 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.


  1. WOW Cecil, you're getting sophisticated inb your cooking!!! CongratZ! Namit guid ni....

  2. thanks Lee... something for a change ah. namit gd man. worth the try. not even hard to prepare. sum od man pirme tinola hehehe

  3. pwede man gali ang manok nga lituon this way. a friend from lambunao cooks fish in banana leaves. I might try this.

  4. Hi Chiqui, yes give it a try. Namit gid kapin pa use game hen.


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