You know what? Forget the Jamie Oliver stuff.
What you want are those BIG Maryland pieces of chicken. Large ones that refuse to fit into a pot. So get a few of those. A few… I mean PNG ‘few.’
Stuff them into a large pot with a bit of water and boil the heck out of them. ‘Go in’ with two large onions, four whole Mt. Hagen size shallots.
This is where the flavor gets interesting.
Add two cans of coconut milk. You can say all you want about canned coconut milk. But hey… who wants to sit on a scraper grating away at two large coconuts when you’re hungry. So… yeah, canned coconut milk it is.
Then, add half a handful of lightly crushed black peppercorns and four large dried mushrooms. Black peppercorns and mushrooms are the missing magic ingredients in PNG cooking. Add one large Lae market type ginger. Don’t chop. Crush and dump that into the pot.
Add four large carrots. Go to Mt. Hagen market and buy those damn carrots. They are the ONLY ones you want. Don’t chop them into bits (Jamie Oliver crap). Just peel them like a kaukau, quarter them lengthwise then cut them in half.
Dump those in the pot.
Do the same with four large tomatoes. You don’t want those that are very ripe. Quarter them and into the pot seeds and all. Why celebrity chefs remove the seeds? I don’t know. Add one green and red capsicum. Tomatoes, capsicums and carrots have mild flavors but add a lot of punch when cooked with all of the above.
Don’t worry about timing your cooking. As long as the bottom of the pot doesn’t burn you are fine. Stir occasionally and cook until the chicken skin starts to disintegrate when you poke it with a spoon and when the bone on the drumstick becomes exposed.
By now the tomatoes will have blended into the soup with the tomato skins looking like pieces of broken red balloons. You’re on the right track.
When you can stick a fork into the chicken thigh and twist. That’s the time you turn off the stove.
I am assuming that you greased a large pot of rice hours earlier and it has cooled ready and waiting for the chicken.
Eat in bowl so that the soup doesn’t spill.
Ok. Go imagine.