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

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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
  • Pork with chayote and moringa
  • Fish with tomatoes
  • Nilarang/Linarang (Cebuano variant)
Similar dishestiyula itum, bulalo


Variants of the dish can substitute chicken with fish, seafood, or pork. Chayote or calabash (upo) can also be substituted for green papaya. Instead of 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 significanceEdit

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 breast, to the dismay of the corrupt Spanish friar, Padre Damaso, who got chicken neck, which is considered to be the least favored chicken part.

Similar dishesEdit

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 to tinola is the lauya of the Ilocano people. However, lauya is made with pork or beef knuckles, not chicken.[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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tinola: A Favorite Philippine Cuisine". Philippines Insider. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  2. ^ "Tinola Manok with Malunggay". Pinoy Recipe at Iba Pa!. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  3. ^ "Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!". Savvy Nana's. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Chicken Binakol". Mama's Guide Recipes. 2018-12-29. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Lauya (Ilokano Pork Knuckles Stew)". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Sinabawang Gulay (Utan Bisaya)". Mama's Guide Recipes. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 20 April 2019.