2-3 Tbsp Cooking oil 1 small White or yellow onion, minced 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced 2 Tbsp fresh Ginger, minced
2-3 lb whole Chicken or parts cut into bite sized portions, remove skin 2 Tbsp Fish sauce (patis) 3-4 C Water Salt and pepper to taste 2 C peeled and cubed unripened (green) Papaya- can substitute, peeled and cubed chayote squash 2 C fresh Spinach, chopped(optional)
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions and saute until transparent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and saute another 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and saute another 5 minutes to partially cook and lightly brown. Add the fish sauce and stir well. Add water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes, stirring and skimming off fat and scum occasionally. Add cubed papaya and simmer another 5-10 minutes until papaya is tender. Remove from heat, salt and pepper to taste and stir in the chopped spinach. This dish will be soupy when done.
First had this dish at a little Filipino Mom and Pop Restaurant on Moloka'i. This is local style comfort food to the max!