Adobong Manok sa Gata

Am so glad that my tastebuds changed course already. For past 10 years, I really don’t like eating anything with gata.  (mind you, Gata dishes are one of de Leon’s favorite.. so boohoo for me.. but this is also the reason I knew they love me, as they will always prepare something for me.. hooray!) But now, anything with gata is oh so sarap with Kanin!!

So since, my tongue accepts gata, I searched and tried recipes with Gata already… Sayang lang, was not able to take pics of the other dishes we tried. (mental note: always take pic! always take pic)

Without further ado, here’s my version of Adobong Manok sa Gata, original recipe from

Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata
Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata



  • Chicken
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Garlic (pounded)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Ginger (julienned)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Gata (I used canned coconut milk)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Jalapeno Chilies



  • Marinate chicken in soy sauce, vinegar and cracked pepper for at least 2 hours (the longer the better)
  • Saute garlic, onion, ginger and bay leaves til fragrant
  • add marinated chicken ’til half cooked
  • add fish sauce to taste
  • add the chilies and pour in coconut milk
  • simmer til cooked

In my case, since this was a Sunday and we don’t have help on a Sunday and Ate Donna went to church, I have to leave the simmering  to attend to Liam, when I asked Dino to turn stove off, it was already dried.  Kaba mode for me, but to our delight.. It was delish!! Dino had his second serving.. muntik na di makakain si Ate Donna. hehehe

If you have good gata recipes, please share. 🙂


Hainanese Chicken

After enjoying this dish during one of our Saturday lunch dates,  I’ve made it a mission to cook this meal for Liam and Dino.

Last night was the perfect timing since Dino just came back from a 5days hike in Ifugao (oh, how I miss Batad..).  It was already 5 years since Dino’s last climb and his uphill run last month was not enough to prepare him for the adventure.  He was complaining how tired he is and sakit daw katawan nya.. hmm.. siguro dala na din ng age!? hahahaha..

Oh well, I make it a point to cook something special tuwing uuwi sya from his long out of town/country trips, para he’ll always have somwthing to look forward to pag uwi nya. Pero after his sakit sa katawan, kahit di ata ako mag cook, he would love to come home.. haha

Anyway, my boys loved the dish, yes! Liam ate well last night, until Dino showed him the Chocolate cookies from Don Merto’s. Tsk! Tsk!

By the way, I got my recipe from Bee Yinn Low of Rasa Malaysia.  This is my go to recipe site pag asian cuisine ang peg ko. 🙂


Hainanese Chicken Rice



  • One whole Chicken (organic preferably
  • Spring Onions
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Carrots


  • 2 cups of uncooked Rice
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Chicken Broth

Sauces: Chili Sauce

  • 4tbsp Chili Sauce (any brand, but I read another post that Sriracha Chili Sauce is good. I  used Lee Kum Kee)
  • 2tbsp Chicken Broth
  • Garlic and Ginger (grated)
  • Lemon or Lime
  • Salt and Sugar to taste

Sauces: Soy Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Broth
  • 3tsp Sesame Oil

How to:

  • Rub chicken with rock salt to remove unwanted residues
  • Stuff chicken with spring onion and ginger
  • Submerge Chicken (breast side down) in pot of water (chicken should at least be 1″ under water)
  • Boil until Chicken is cooked
  • Once Chicken is cooked, carefully pull out chicken and submerge to ice bath (this step will stop the chicken to cook further)
  • Set chicken and broth aside for later use
  • Wash uncooked rice and soak for 10 minutes
  • saute garlic, onion and ginger til fragrant
  • add in soaked rice and saute a little (this will give rice more flavor)
  • transfer to rice cooker and add broth to cook rice (amount of broth will depend on rice’s requirement.  Consider reducing water amount since rice was already soaked.)
  • Prepare the sauces by mixing all ingredients (recipe I read used a blender to mix the ingredients for the sauce.  too lazy to wash all parts of the blender, that’s why I opt to grate my ginger and garlic instead. 🙂 )
  • Plate the chicken and rice with some cucumber and Enjoy the meal with your family