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Soup Number 5

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Soup Number Five or more commonly spelled as Soup Number 5 is a Filipino soup made out of bull’s testes and testicles, usually served as a pulutan or a hangover cure, it is also considered to be an aphrodisiac.


  • 800 g bulls’ testes and testicles, cleaned and parboiled
  • 200 g beef tendons
  • 8 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 stalks spring onions, chopped then separate white and green sections
  • 1 packet sibot herb mix
  • 4 pcs birds eye chillies, roughly chopped
  • 2 thumb sized ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 1 whole head garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fish sauce
  • oil


  1. In a pot combine parboiled bulls’ testes and testicles, beef tendons, water, beef stock, lemongrass and sibot herb mix. Bring it to a boil and simmer in low heat covered for 3 1/2 hours or until very tender. Remove the testes, testicles, and tendons, set it aside. Discard lemongrass and sibot then reserve the liquid.
  2. Slice the testes, testicles, and tendons into bite sized pieces.
  3. In another pot, heat oil then sauté garlic, onions, white sections of spring onions and ginger until aromatic and onions are soft.
  4. Add the testes, testicles and tendons and chillies then sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour the reserved liquid bring it to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Bring the heat to high slightly reduce the liquid, the collagen in the tendons will keep it slightly thicker. Season with fish sauce and lots of freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Pour into serving bowls topped with green parts of spring onions.