#FamilyWednesdays: Sinampalukang Manok (Chicken in Tamarind Soup)

3 months ago

Get that “asim kilig” feeling with this delicious Filipino recipe!


Sinampalukang Manok

Makes 4 servings

10-12 pcs Fresh tamarind or 4 Tbsps Tamarind base powder (optional)

1 cup Water

3 Tbsps Cooking Oil

1 Onion, chopped

3 Tbsps Chopped garlic

1 thumb-size Ginger, sliced into thin strips

1 kilo Whole chicken, cut into pieces

¼ cup Fish sauce

*Pepper, to season

3 bulbs Lemongrass, pounded

4-5 cups Chicken stock or water

1 cup String beans, cut 2 inches long

1 cup Fresh young tamarind leaves, optional (Or use fresh spinach or chili leaves)


  1. First prepare the tamarind juice if using fresh tamarind. In a small pot, add the fresh tamarind and add water. Let it simmer until cooked and soft. Mash the tamarind pulp and with a fine sieve, strain to remove the skin and seeds. Set the juice aside.
  2. In a big pot, heat the oil and sauté the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger strips until fragrant. Add in the chicken pieces and let it brown on all sides. Season with fish sauce and pepper. Addd the lemongrass bulbs and sauté with the chicken.
  3. Add in the chicken stock or water and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. Skim off any scum around the pot.
  4. Mix in the string beans and cook for three minutes. Pour in the tamarind juice or tamarind base powder. Adjust the seasoning then top with the tamarind leaves and simmer again for two minutes.
  5. Serve hot with rice. 
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