How to Make Chicken Hi-Bol: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on January 16, 2020
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Discover how to make chicken hi-bol, a Filipino-inspired dish.
Discover how to make chicken hi-bol, a Filipino-inspired dish. | Source

Hi-bol is a famous Filipino noodle soup dish from Ilocos Norte, a province in the northern region of the Philippines. In other parts of the country, there is a popular equivalent called mami.

Hi-bol consists of fresh noodles, vegetables, meat, and other toppings, including chicharron or egg. The meat could be chicken, pork, or beef. The price of this dish may vary depending on how it's ordered: plain (only noodles) costs 30 cents, hi-bol with egg and chicharron topping costs 50 cents, and special hi-bol costs 1USD.

Today, let me show you the easiest way to make chicken hi-bol.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 3 to 4 servings
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The ingredients for the chicken hi-bol: assorted vegetables.Fresh noodles.Boiled eggs.Shredded chicken.
The ingredients for the chicken hi-bol: assorted vegetables.
The ingredients for the chicken hi-bol: assorted vegetables. | Source
Fresh noodles.
Fresh noodles. | Source
Boiled eggs.
Boiled eggs. | Source
Shredded chicken.
Shredded chicken. | Source


  • Fresh noodles
  • Cabbage, julienned
  • Carrots, julienned
  • Baguio beans, julienned
  • Eggs, boiled
  • Chicken, cooked and shredded
  • Chicken bouillon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Water


For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • 2 small bowls
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • stock pot
  • ladle
  • strainer
  • bowls


  1. Dissolve chicken bouillon in a pot filled with water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add chicken. Cook until tender. Remove from water. Let it cool and set aside.
  3. While waiting for the stock and chicken, rinse fresh noodles with warm water to loosen up. Set aside.
  4. Once the stock is boiling, season water with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.
  5. Shred chicken and set aside.
  6. Arrange the noodles, vegetables, chicken, and half of the egg in a bowl.
  7. Pour in stock as desired.
  8. Serve while hot.
The completed chicken hi-bol or chicken mami.
The completed chicken hi-bol or chicken mami. | Source

Tips and Techniques

  • Serve chicken hi-bol with lemon juice to add a layer of sourness, or add hot sauce to make it spicy.
  • Replace chicken with any meat.
  • Use any vegetables available.
  • Try making homemade chicharr√≥n.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      18 months ago from Manila

      Hello Pamela,

      You will surely love it my friend. I grew up loving this food.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      18 months ago from Manila

      Hi Liz,

      You are right! Just make a stock and blanch the meat and vegetables before serving with noodles.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      18 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is another dish that looks very tasty. I have not eaten much Filipino food, but i do believe I would love it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      This looks like a healthy dish with easily accessible ingredients.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      18 months ago from Manila

      Hello Lisa,

      Absolutely delicious! I enjoy eating it during cold weather.

    • Lisa Jane39 profile image

      Lisa Jane 

      18 months ago from Washington

      Great article. Looks delicious.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      18 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      I familiarized myself because of my parents. They were born and raised there. Luckily, they were able to share their values, traditions, and culture even if we were raised in different places. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Mary Norton 

      18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting. I am not so familiar with Nothern Filipino cooking. Something new to try.


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