Mountain Dinner: Tinolang Manok

Preparing food in the mountains can be challenging as the hike itself since one doesn’t have the luxury of a well equipped kitchen but food fuels a hiker on the trails. Dinner doesn’t have to be beef or fish in a can but could be something you have prepared as if you are at home. Alan Galang, a a foodie mountain climber shares one of his favorite dinner, Tinolang Manok.

2 servings

1/2 kl chicken, cut into serving pieces
2 thumbs ginger, cut into strips (use 1 thumb for the preparation at home)
2 cloves of garlic
spring onion
hot pepper leaves or malunggay
1 small sayote, cut into small wedges
1 chicken cube
vegetable oil
bagoong isda


Combine 2 cups of water, bagoong isda, chicken and ginger in a cooking pot and bring to boil until chicken is cooked and mxiture is dry. Debone and pack the chicken into a container or ziplock.


In a pan saute ginger, onion and garlic in cooking oil. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until it colors slightly.

Pour the chicken in 2 cups of water in a casserole. Dissolve the chicken cube. Add sayote and let it boil for 5 minutes. add the hot pepper leaves or malunggay leaves and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Add salt as necessary.

And the tasty tinolang manok is ready for dinner!

Important notes: It is advisable that this dish is served during dinner of 1st day because of the vegetables. If coming from manila, it would be better to buy the vegetables at a wet market near the jump off.

Sounds doable, right? If you have a staple dish in the mountain that you want to share email me at


432005_3548011624998_1423258182_nMountain climbing brings out the inner “child” in me. The child who loves to discover, always curious about anything. The child who wants to try new experiences and learn from it and laugh freely. It’s not about being childish but being child-like, to feel that genuine happiness. 

Contributed by Alan Galang, an Account Manager and member of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Mountaineering (PUPM).


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