Filipino cuisine is a complex fusion of Spanish, Western, and Japanese flavors.

I'm a female sushi chef but I recently went on a Filipino cooking spree and wanted to share some elementary recipes with y' all. Being born in America I have a multicultural diet that includes basically everything from Italian to sushi.

Chicken Tinola is a unique Pinoy meal. Next to Adobo, Tinola is by far one of the beloved dishes and is normally served for lunch or dinner. It is so unique in its nature that you won’t be able to find it anywhere.

An ordinary Filipino cuisine, Tinola is a solid, delicious and mouthwatering soup. Its a basic dish with chicken or fish cooked in a ginger and patis (fish sauce) seasoned stock. Basic chicken Tinola recipe is made from the most basic of ingredients: chicken, ginger, garlic, onion, patis, papaya, spinach and sayote. Ingredients can be found in any Asian Market. But with this version you can find the ingredients at your local grocery store except for the patis but it can be substituted with fish broth.

It's wonderful during the cold season to keep you warm. And did I mention it's healthy.

It’s no surprise that whenever I’m feeling sick or it’s getting too cold, I turn to this particular dish.

If you’re a Filipino living in the United States or just a food lover with a taste for dishes from foreign cultures, I offer you my version of this dish that has enjoyable flavor with foreign roots to take you on a journey across the vibrant and flavorful Filipino cuisine!


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 onions, quartered

  • 3 thumb sized ginger, peeled (leave ginger whole, its to season the broth not to eat)

  • 3-4 lb chicken thighs, or legs (You can use chicken breast but the chicken bone adds depth and richness to the soup. I recommend mixing in some thigh or legs if cooking with breast )

  • 3 tbsp. patis (fish sauce) *if you dont have patis substitute water with Fish Broth or Stock

  • 5 cups water

  • 2 tomatoes quartered

  • 2 cups green beans or spinach

  • 1 small green papaya seeded and cut into 2-inch wedges, you can substitute with daikon or potatoe

Step 1

Sautee the garlic, onions and ginger in oil. Add chicken and cook 5-7 minutes until chicken starts to change color.

Step 2

Add water and tomatoes. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Add green beans and papaya cook until tender, about 5 -7 minutes. Add spinach and cover. Let simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve hot with rice.

Wherever you are in the world I wish you love and positive energies. Remember everyone in different ways are affected with what's going on during this 2020. Be good to yourself and to others when you can.

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Jenny SuShe