1small headwhite cabbageor ½ of a large head, cut into wedges
2bunchesChinese cabbageleaves only (we reserved the stalks for a stir fried dish)
Place the chicken pieces in a large thick-bottomed pot. Pour in enough water to cover. Set over high heat and bring to the boil and leave to boil briskly for five minutes
Strain the chicken and discard the water. Rinse the chicken pieces and make sure to get rid of any impurities.
Place the rinsed chicken in a clean pot and pour in the chicken bone broth. Set over high heat.
With a sharp pointed knife, pierce the garlic in several places, and add to the chicken.
Add the onion, peppercorns about two tablespoons of patis to the chicken.
When the liquid comes to a boil, lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 40 minutes. Taste occasionally and add more patis, as needed.
Add the white cabbage and potatoes to the chicken. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Taste the broth and add more patis, if needed (see notes after the recipe).
Drop in the sweet potato wedges. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Taste the broth again and add more patis, as needed. Add the Chinese cabbage leaves, pressing them into the broth. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Taste the broth one last time, adding more patis, as needed, before serving.
Native chicken, the kind that needs long and slow cooking, is best for making nilagang manok. In unavailable, free range chickens is the next best thing. They are more flavorful and they yield excellent broth. If you use either of these two, you can cook the chicken in water rather than chicken broth. Why add patis (fish sauce) several times? It's called layering the flavors. As the ingredients cook, they soak up the saltiness of the broth. First, it's the chicken. It gets the saltiness leaving the broth wanting more flavor. So, before you add the cabbage and potatoes, you need to add more seasoning. Potatoes are notorious for soaking up salt. So, before you add the sweet potatoes, you adjust the seasonings again. And so on, and so forth.
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