Mostly every country around the world has their own unique version of a chicken soup. Tinola is the Philippines’ version while Hainanese Chicken is Singapore’s version. Both are pretty similar in taste, given the strong base of ginger and onions/spring onions for both soups. However, technique-wise, they are very different.
In this recipe, I use the Hainanese Chicken method to keep the chicken extremely juicy and the skin almost like jelly. I then combine this technique with the ingredients I would normally use for my Tinola; creating a marriage that makes a lot of sense and is really tasty and satisfying. The spicy ginger dipping sauce is a must when cooking this dish, as it provides the right burst of spiciness, saltiness and acidity in every bite.

Tinola-Hainanese Chicken Fusion Recipe

Tinola-Hainanese Chicken Fusion Recipe


Spicy Ginger Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 calamansi
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 whole Bird's Eye chili, finely sliced
  • 1 pinch of spring onion, finely sliced
Chicken Rice Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken soup
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • 1 tsp of oil
  • A pinch of salt
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