28 Filipino Soup Recipes

Meaty and Chunky

Let’s start with the Meaty Soups, these soups accompany large chunks of meats, most of the times on a clear soup with vegetables and root crops to act as extenders/fillers.

Sinigang (Pork Stew in Tamarind Broth) 2


Sinigang/Sinampalukan – My favourite Filipino dish of all, meats on a sour broth prepared something sour like tamarind, kamias, green mango or santol if there is just one dish I can choose for life, it will be this. Usually served with pork, beef, seafood and chicken with vegetables like kang kong and taro but modern versions now uses fruits like guava, watermelon and even strawberries.

Nilagang Baka 2

Nilaga – Another simple meaty dish where pork, beef or chicken is just boiled in water with onions, vegetables, potatoes and sometimes saba bananas.

Bulalo 4


Bulalo – The better version of the above? Why? It is served with a large bone marrow, it is meatier and fattier! Best enjoyed after a big night of drinking. A perfect hangover cure.

Pinatisan – Another version of the nilaga but this soup dish has a distinct taste coming from the fish sauce.

Beef Pochero 1


Pochero – A cross between soup and stew this dish is not served with a clear broth but with tomato based sauce. Served either with beef or chicken with lots of vegetables. There is also a version exiting in the Visayas where it is soupier!

Linat-an – Another soupy dish from the Visayas similar to nilaga but with red capsicums and lemongrass this makes the dish fresher in taste.


KBL – Pork leg, jackfruit, pigeon peas, sweet potato leaves. Sounds like a potion for me 🙂

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5 Responses

  1. Stephen Tindle says:

    Thank you for the compilation. Definitely some I’ll be trying. The bile juices in pinapaitan will possibly be given a miss an I’ll possibly use coffee to bitterise that. I was interested to see you use the rice wash water to make Pesa. Is it used in other Philippine recipes? It always seemed a waste of a good starch liquid to just chuck it away( or my wife, who is Thai, will wash her face with it)

  2. suituapui says:

    I love clear soups, so nice and refreshing unlike the very thick, rich and creamy western ones.

  3. GiGi says:

    OH wow, I need to expand my horizons in the soup world, so I need to check out the full Rolodex of recipes! Something FISHY for me!!

  4. Love this compilation and will be checking them out. Yes it is cooling here for sure but the weather is out of wack with some unusually warm days still. Noodelicious calls my name first.

  5. mjskitchen says:

    Perfect! Not I have all season to test some of these out!

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