Being on a diet and wanting to eat Filipino food seems like a tough proposition considering how much pork, fat and sugar is in many of our dishes. However, when you think about it, there are a lot of dishes that meet the Marketman criterion for more protein and vegetables, liquid in the form of soup to fill the tummy up and minimal carbohydrates. Sinampalukang Manok is one of my favorite dishes while dieting and I have a hankering for pinoy food. It is very easy and relatively quick to make, tastes terrific and if served with just one small scoop of brown rice, makes a terrific â€œdietâ€ meal that others in the family who arenâ€™t on a diet also enjoyâ€¦
To make, heat up a heavy pot and add just a little vegetable oil. Saute some onions and ginger and the chicken pieces until slightly browned. Add a touch of patis (fish sauce) then rice washing (water clouded with rice starch), sampaloc broth made from scratch or instant sinigang powder, a half or whole chicken cube for more intense flavor, and patis to taste. Add the vegetables: sitaw or yard long beans, sliced eggplants, talbos ng ampalaya (bitter gourd tendrils), and siling pangsigang or mahaba if you want to add some zing (it will only get spicy if you cut up the chilli). You can also use kangkong if you like. When all the veggies are cooked the soup is ready to serve. It always hits the spot. Just remember, if you are cutting back on carbs, just have one scoop of brown rice with the soup and load up on the veggies!