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Chicken Pandan with Squash Stew

Squash is one of those ingredients that you wouldn’t  automatically associate with asian cooking. You don’t see it in many dishes, yet it is grown widely and used here and there. In the Philippines one of these dishes is the Pinakbet, a vegetable stew with lots (i mean lots) of different vegetables, all muddled together. I really enjoy Pinakbet, my problem with it is that its too ambitious, it has a good number of vegetables fighting for the shinning spot, only to be overpowered by shrimp paste ( a staple in these parts). Remember on one of my previous post, i talked about how certain dishes get lost in translation, this is one of those, we can’t expect this cuisine to translate well, if it doesnt have any true definition (by definition, i mean defining flavour), so why not take some traditional dishes, revisit them, strip them down to bare essentials, and make a tasty alternative? This is what i did here, because i want to show people that even if its not done in the “proper” way, it can still be good, and still represent our nation’s flavour. Squash and Shrimp Paste, a little surprise, lots of love.

This recipe stemmed from a one minute conversation i was having with my pal when we were talking about our favourite vegetable dishes, he said: “i love pinakbet, but okra and bitter gourd (ampalaya) suck”. Well my friend, here is something you’ll love, without the “sucky” parts (i for one love okra and bitter gourd).

Chicken Pandan with Squash Stew

Marinate your chicken: I use pieces of chicken thigh with the skin removed. Pieces need to be about 2inch wide and thick. For about 500g of chicken, 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander root, 1tbsp of coco sugar, 2tbsp of chopped garlic, 1tbsp of rice vinegar, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2tbsp of milk, sesame oil and white pepper. Warp in washed pandan leaves and close up with a toothpick. Marinate at least 2 hours, or overnight. Fry off in oil. To keep moist, when you flip them, add a little water and cover to help cook the other side a bit quicker. right before serving add in some chopped spring onions and toss around.

For the Squash: Take about 1/4 of a squash and chop into square pieces. Fry off in a pan with 2 chopped tomaotes, a chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Once translucent add in the squash and a chopped green chilli and 2 heaped tablespoons of shrimp paste . When everything is cooked through, add a handful of chopped greens (chayote tops, chinese spinach…), 1 tsp of coco cream (optional) and 1 tbsp of fish sauce (or 2 to taste).

 

 

30 COMMENTS

    1. novicetired May 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      first!!!haha

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:26 am

        second

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    1. Arra Medina May 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Healthy meal! Will try this one! Gonna post pic.. Thanks Master Chef! :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:26 am

        thank you!!!!!!!

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    1. nash May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Yummy Meal :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:35 am

        yummmmeh

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    1. Sarah May 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

      what a healthy meal. i wanna try this one. i hope i can do it soon :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:35 am

        did you try it yet?

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    1. anthony c. monteiro May 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

      for sure it taste good…. i want to go home early and try this one asap!!! nice one chef erwan.. you never fail on making someone hungry…haha

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

        thank you anthony

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    1. Rita L. May 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Would you suggest an alternative to the pandan leaf? I really don’t think I’ll be able to find that here – I can’t even find kalamansi, I have to settle for frozen packets. :/

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      1. Rita L. May 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Oops, just used my Google-fu and I think I can find it in Seattle. Thanks anyway!

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

        asian grocers always have everything :) no calamansi go for limes! huge variety over there.

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    1. Roi V. May 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      will cook this for my mom this weekend.

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

        how was it?

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    1. trexcy May 17, 2012 at 4:03 am

      sarap! :)

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

        syempre

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    1. radge May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      cool! i want to try this :) . thanks erwan :D

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:38 am

        give it a go!

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    1. bonnavie May 29, 2012 at 7:36 am

      looks delish! got to try this, maybe put some prawns into the pumpkin/greens… why use coriander root? can the leaves be used as an alternative.. :)

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    1. Laura Aro May 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I love squash! I’ve tried pureeing It with cream and curry with a pinch of cumin and it’s so yummy!

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

        i love that recipe!

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    1. krishna May 31, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Am also not into okra and ampalaya so this its really a good idea and it’s easy to cook! Haha i can do this!

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    1. Aya June 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

      I’ve tries your Hearty Garbanzo and Riceless Risotto and found them absolutely fantastic! I’m keen to try this next. :) was going through the ingredients and I may have some probs finding Pandan here. Would you recommend something else as an alternative??? :)

      Thanks in advance! Cheers!

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

        banana leaves? usually some asian grocers carry that. If not, just go ahead and grill the chicken straight.

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    1. Aya June 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

      I’ve tried your Hearty Garbanzo and Riceless Risotto and found them absolutely fantastic! I’m keen to try this next. :) was going through the ingredients and I may have some probs finding Pandan here. Would you recommend something else as an alternative??? :)

      Thanks in advance! Cheers!

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    1. bryant June 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

      will definitely try this :)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

        thanks!

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    1. Alyssa August 30, 2012 at 6:26 am

      omg i must show this to my mom! love your blog! :)

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      1. Erwan August 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

        please do! thanks!

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