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Top: Chicken tinola with chayote and labuyo pepper leaves;
Bottom: Chicken tinola with green papaya and lemongrass
CourseMain course
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsChicken, green papaya, siling labuyo leaves, ginger, onion, fish sauce
Similar dishestiyula itum, bulalo

Tinola is a Filipino soup usually served as a main course with white rice.[1] Traditionally, this dish is cooked with chicken or fish, wedges of papaya and/or chayote, and leaves of the siling labuyo chili pepper in broth flavored with ginger, onions and fish sauce.


Variants of the dish can substitute chicken with fish, seafood, or pork. Chayote or calabash (upo) can also be substituted for green papaya. In addition to pepper leaves, other leafy vegetables can also be used like pechay, spinach, moringa leaves, and mustard greens, among others. Additional ingredients like potatoes and tomatoes can also be added.[2]

Cultural significance[edit]

One of the earliest mentions of the dish is in José Rizal's first novel, Noli Me Tangere, where Kapitan Tiago served it to Crisostomo Ibarra upon arriving from Europe. He was given the chicken liver and gizzard; meanwhile, to the dismay of the corrupt Spanish friar, Padre Damaso, who got chicken neck and wing, which is considered to be the least favored chicken part.

Similar dishes[edit]

Tinola is very similar to binakol and ginataang manok, but differ in that the latter two use coconut water and coconut milk, respectively.[3][4] A related dish is lauya of the Ilocano people. However, lauya is partial to pork or beef knuckles.[5]

A similar soup dish is known as sinabawang gulay (lit. "vegetable soup", also utan Bisaya), which is made from moringa leaves and various vegetables.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tinola: A Favorite Philippine Cuisine". Philippines Insider. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  2. ^ "Tinola Manok with Malunggay". Pinoy Recipe at Iba Pa!. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!". Savvy Nana's. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chicken Binakol". Mama's Guide Recipes. December 29, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lauya (Ilokano Pork Knuckles Stew)". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sinabawang Gulay (Utan Bisaya)". Mama's Guide Recipes. July 14, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2019.