So yesterday, I went to the newly-opened Daiso in Chinatown (will blog about it soon, promise!) and picked up a few Japanese ingredients that will help me combine my Husband's love for Miso Soup and my love for Tinola. My first experiment at cuisine fusion, I call this my Japanese Tinola recipe.
From Daiso: Starch Noodles (left) and Bonito Soup Stock (right)
From an Asian Supermarket: Shiro Miso (top right)
What you need to prepare:
1 tbsp Canola Oil (or any cooking oil of your choice)
1 tbsp Ginger, chopped
1 medium-sized Onion, chopped
3 cloves of Garlic, chopped
1/2 kilo Chicken Wings
2 tbsp Fish Sauce
1 pack of Bonito soup stock, dissolved in four cups of water
1 tbsp Shiro Miso
2 pcs Sayote (Chayote/Choko), peeled and sliced
Starch Noodles (no measurement, I only grabbed a handful, enough for the soup I made, add more if you want your soup more "noodly")
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Additional water if you want your dish to have more sou
What you need to do:
- Saute onion, garlic and ginger in oil.
- Add the chicken and fish sauce.
- Stir then leave for a few minutes to let the chicken's natural juice to come out.
- Add the Bonito soup stock and Shiro Miso, stir again until liquid is free of lumps.
- Cover the pot, bring to boil then let it simmer in medium heat until chicken is cooked (25-30 minutes).
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the sliced Sayote and leave for another 10 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl with fish sauce, soy sauce with lemon/calamansi or chili with lemon and soy sauce.
- Perfect companion to steam rice.
- You can add/change vegetable ingredients to Green Papaya (Pawpaw) or Malunggay leaves. I sometimes use Chinese Cabbage too.
Serves 3 people.
This fusion experiment proved to be successful. The Husband loved it, he cheerfully ate his Tinola and even went for a second serving. I'm glad I was able to to create a version of Tinola where you can harmoniously taste the combined flavours of ginger, miso and bonito. Suddenly, I have my own version of Tinola that's a little more exciting that usual.