Afritada de Ahab

I recently cooked one dish that I instantly liked. I enjoyed this dish so much that I even shared it on my Facebook wall, where it became an instant sensation not because it looked yummy but because they had a hard time believing that what I cooked can be called Afritada.

So in my defense, I'm calling the dish that I'll be featuring today as Afritada de Ahab:
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Ishmael Ahab's version of chicken afritada


One of my Facebook friends called this kare-kareng afritada because the sauce made it look like kare-kare. Another one thought it was pochero. And I say they are wrong because this is not just an afritada. This is my own version of afritada. Wahahaha yes I found the perfect excuse.

I cooked my afritada by following the steps laid out by Filipino Recipes website. This website said that afritada is a Spanish inspired dish combining pork or chicken, potatoes, tomato sauce and spices.

I used Hunt's tomato sauce for Afritada de Ahab.
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A can of tomato sauce I used for afritada


I had potatoes, drumstick chicken, onions, garlic, pepper, patis (fish sauce), and vetsin (MSG). I also had a pechay because I vaguely remember a tomato sauce dish cooked by my Mom that has pechay.
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My vegetables for my afritada
Sliced potatoes and pechay.

My ingredients are ready so it's time to cook!

The recipe said that I need some chicken broth so I boiled the chicken for 20 minutes.
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Chicken being boiled for broth for Afritada de Ahab


I made sure that the meat is fully cooked before I separate it from the broth. It is cooked if the meat comes off easily when peeled off from the bone using fork.

Next is I sautéed the sliced onions, sliced garlic and chicken for 5 minutes or when the meat is slightly brown.
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Sautéing chicken meat for my afritada


I then poured the broth and the tomato sauce and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
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My afritada is nearly cooked


I then added the sliced potatoes and let it simmer until it's cooked. Next to be thrown to the raging lava is the pechay. I let it simmer for 3 more minutes and then put patis (fish sauce), pepper and vetsin. I poured enough of those things until it suited the taste that I wanted.

The final product is Afritada de Ahab, as shown on the photo at the start of the post.

There's tomato sauce left after I cooked the Afritada de Ahab so I had to whip up another dish using it. The dish that I made using the tomato sauce is this:
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My own version of pork giniling with tomato sauce
Pork giniling in tomato sauce.

I believe that these two dishes (excluding my pork adobo) are the best that I made so far. These dishes were easy to cook and doesn't demand a lot of effort. I'll cook more of these dishes and I will make sure to cook the real afritada next time.

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26 comments:

  1. Whatever it's called, it looks really good. Love the pork one especially - so alluring. Wow! You're into serious cooking these days, eh?

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  2. One of my favorite dishes. I like it more when potatoes are fried a bit first but this one looks okay.Pahingi :D

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    1. I agree Rogie. Fried potatoes to almost browny color tastes good. Masabukan nga yun next time. Sorry po. Ubos na ang niluto ko eh. Next time na lang.

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    2. hehehe. ok lang. sige. try it next time. Patatas pa lang, ulam na!

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  3. It looks like kare-kare, but having your own version is acceptable, as long as you enjoy your meal. =)

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    1. Haha. Ate Einz, you're the second who told me its kare-kare.

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  4. first of all... gusto ko yung title.. parang mga pang five star resto lang yung sound haha
    wow.. two dishes in a row... improving kana talaga Ish... ang alam ko lang kasing lutuing afritada yung...... ginisang.. Blue Bay Tuna LOL
    Intriguing tuloy sa akin kung ano ang next dish mo
    Sinigang , Kare Kare or Tinola.... (ginutom tuloy ako ahaha)

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    1. Too bad I can't cook sinigang here, Blue kasi wala dito yung gusto kong pampaasim. Wahaha...hirap naman lutuin ng Blue Bay Tuna.

      Mag-aral ka na rin kasi gaya ko.

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  5. mukhang masarap. di ako marunong magluto kaya i cant tell if it's afritada or anong dish sya. pero bakit me petchay?

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    1. Wahaha...oo na. Sige, di na s'ya Afritada, Phioxee. :-P

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  6. akala ko din nung una ee kare eeh bukod sa masause na
    ee may pechay pa diba walang ganun sa afritada?

    anyway isa sa fav ko and afritada kaya for sure magugustuhan ko ting version mo

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    1. Haha! Pangatlo ka na AmeCoy sa mga nagsabi na kare-kare ito.

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  7. Yummy! I must taste your cooking one fine day : )

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    1. Hehe...I hope that I'm already a master cook when that day comes Foong.

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  8. Looks really yummy ang Afritada de Ahab :D

    Mind you, ang tingin ko din sa kanya is Pochero which is coincidentaly ang ulam namen today for lunch hahaha.

    Good job your Afritada parekoy!

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    1. Haha...hindi na nga afritada ito. Suko na ako comments ninyo. Dapat ang tawag ko sa dish I chicken-meat-in-tomato-sauce-with-pechay-and-patatas.

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  9. haha sorry ahab F ang grade nito

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  10. parang kare kare nga lol
    sorry namen...
    pero gusto kong matikman yan hehe

    hi IFA im back haha :P

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    1. Haha...wala na Unni. Nilait mo na 'yung luto ko. Hindi na kita patitikimin. :-P

      Welcome back.

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  11. Good idea using pechay. I haven't tried adding that before. =)

    My (late) tita (God bless her soul) makes her afritada with pork and beans. Gives a really nice sweet taste. =)

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    1. Nilagyan ko ng pechay kasi pamparami din ng ulam yun Ate Tin.

      Uy, maganda idea ng Tita mo ah. Masubukan din yan minsan. ;-)

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  12. Look so yummy. Nagutom tuloy akp. I wanna eat na haha..

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