During this year’s never ending winter I’ve turned often to soup as both comfort and cure. Last week it was tingalong manok, at Manny’s Bake Shop, one of my favorite Filipino restaurants in Queens. The gingery chicken soup always manages to clear my head and lift my spirits. And Manny’s tinalong manok is quite special indeed. For one thing it’s a ginormous serving that’s best shared, or enjoyed by one food writer trying to kick a cold.
Most other versions I’ve tried consist of little more than chicken and ginger and some tuber or another. At $9.95 Manny’s tinalong manok is deluxe. There’s plenty of spinach, a mild green chili, a good half chicken and some mysterious chunks of vegetable matter that bear a resemblance to green apple.
“That’s chayote, it’s goes good with the chicken soup,” a gal at a neighboring table offered. And so it did, as did the little bit of chicken marrow I sucked the thoughtfully cracked chicken leg bone. I could really use another bowl right about now.
Manny’s Bake Shop, 161-18 Union Turnpike, Flushing, 718-380-0802