Chicken Menudo

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This was our lunch weeks ago I forgot when. Anyway, the recipe is exactly like my menudo but instead of using pork, I used chicken. in my case I used chicken thighs. It’s not a recipe I know by heart but one that I got from a favorite recipe site.  Ingredients plus the complete ‘how to do’ stuff are exactly like what I wrote in my previous menudo entry . With regards on the preparation of the chicken, it’s just a little different. Boil the chicken separately w/ salt, pepper, garlic & onion until tender. Cut the meat into pieces & saute together w/ the other ingredients. set aside the chicken broth w/c you may use as soup or like I did, I used it as the water to cook our steamed rice.

Never eat anything that you can’t lift. – Miss Piggy

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

2 thoughts on “Chicken Menudo

  1. Wow, strange. Wait, that sounds mean – lemme clarify. I’ve grown up with Mexican-American, homestyle menudo. I’ve never really had (gourmet, I guess you can say?) recipes. If I may suggest, something to add greatly to the flavor would be some kind of homemade chile – the canned stuff is okay, but some heat is lost from the ‘canned’ effect, as well as some of the flavor. A little bit of lemon afterward helps, too.

    EDIT: And now I feel like an ignorant bastard now that I’ve read a couple other blog posts and recipes. Please, excuse me I’ll be in the corner.

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