1 chicken cut up into small pieces [with or without the head]
1 cup of vinegar
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of soy sauce (Filipinos call this toyo)
1 bay leaf
5 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tablespoons of salt
2 mild red peppers.
Put everything into a pot and cook slowly until the chicken starts to come off of the bones and a gravy forms. If it is too sour for you, add a little more water. American chickens are fatter than their Filipino cousins, so you may want to remove some of the oil for health reasons.
Don’t be afraid to try other spices as well. Cinnamon and/or nutmeg for example can add something unique to this traditional dish.