Nilagang Manok na Puti na may Asparagus is a Filipino soup dish made with chicken and vegetables like potato, carrots, cabbage, and asparagus.
In the Philippines, during the old days, when someone of high stature prepares chicken for dinner, a whole chicken is used, literally. This means whether they are serving fried chicken, tinola or puchero, it is quite common to see a whole chicken on the serving platter, as it symbolises the family’s prosperity. Our recipe today came from that era, in fact it is a favourite of one of the Philippines national heroes, General Emilio Aguinaldo. I may be historically incorrect on how I presented my dish since I used chicken sections rather than a whole one, but the process remains the same.
Basically, Nilagang Manok na Puti na may Asparagus is a basic Filipino chicken soup that is cooked with asparagus. Like most nilaga dishes, it is prepared by simply putting everything in a pot, let it boil, simmer slowly then season with just salt and pepper. It may sound easy as that, but it can taste really rich and good as long as you use good quality ingredients. Nilagang Manok na Puti na may Asparagus as the name suggest adds a special ingredient on it, the asparagus. It has been said that General Emilio Aguinaldo loves asparagus so much, he usually adds them on most dishes he eats like this Nilagang Manok version. Now I am intrigued on adding asparagus on Sinigang and Adobo, do you think that will work?