Sauté the ginger on five tablespoons of cooking oil until it turns light brown.
Sauté the garlic and wait until it turns light brown.
Pour-in a cup or two cups of rice washing and simmer it for 20 minutes. If in a hurry, you could also use two cups of hot water.
Add the green papaya and simmer for five minutes. If papaya is unavailable, you could use Chayote or Opo Squash as an alternative.
Then add salt or fish sauce to taste.
Put the hot pepper leaves and simmer for a minute. If hot pepper leaves is unavailable, you could use malunggay leaves as an alternative.
Serve the chicken tinola with hot rice.
Why does onion is not included on this meal?
This meal is very popular in the Philippines. It's an authentic Filipino dish mostly served during cold seasons.
I don't include onions on the Chicken Tinola I serve. It's because aside from this meal, I will also prepare a hot porridge for my kids which includes the chicken saute with garlic and ginger. We don't put onions on the rice porridge.