All the ingredients for my version of this standout Filipino dish are simple, pantry staples, which I love. It’s sweet, sticky and tangy, and tastes even better if you can squeeze in an overnight marinating session.
8 chicken drumsticks
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup light soy sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 brown onion, halved and sliced
1 long red chilli, finely sliced
4 bay leaves
¼ cup sliced spring onion (scallions)
Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, ginger and half the chopped garlic. Place the chicken in a large bowl and pour over the vinegar mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and set aside in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy-based pan over high heat. Remove chicken from the marinade and cook in batches (about 3-4 minutes each side) until golden brown. Reserve the marinade for later. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
Place the pan back on medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes or until the onions have coloured and are soft. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for another minute. Add the chicken pieces, reserved marinade, bay leaves and ¼ cup water. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Transfer chicken pieces to a large bowl or platter. Place sauce over medium-high heat and simmer for 15 minutes to thicken slightly. Pour sauce over chicken pieces and scatter over the spring onion.