Pastil is a popular Mindanao food found in the street of Maguindanao. It’s basically a rice covered in banana leaf with chicken or beef adobo strips as fillings, which proves that Mindanao cuisine is more on easy-to-follow recipes. Zamboanga has also their own version of the dish. Their pastil is like an empanada, but instead of pork and vegetables, pancit noodles (rice noodles) are used as fillings.



1 kilo of Chicken

Half an onion, thinly sliced

½ cup Cooking oil

¼ cup of Soy Sauce

¾ cup Vinegar

½ tsp. Black Pepper

Salt to taste

4 Cups of White Rice

Banana Leaves for wrapping


  1. Cook rice then set aside.
  2. Slice chicken and boil until the meat is tender.
  3. Let the meat cool before making it into flakes.
  4. Put oil in a pan then sauté the sliced onions in low fire.  When the onions turn transparent, add the flaked chicken meat, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes before adding the vinegar and soy sauce.  Continue to cook until the oil comes out.
  6. Put rice in banana leaves and top it with the chicken adobo flakes then wrap.

One Pastil usually sells for Php10 in Davao City.

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