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

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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.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

10 min

25 min

3 to 4 servings


  • 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.

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 chicharrón.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on January 13, 2019:

Hello Pamela,

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on January 13, 2019:

Hi Liz,

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

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 12, 2019:

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

Liz Westwood from UK on January 12, 2019:

This looks like a healthy dish with easily accessible ingredients.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on January 11, 2019:

Hello Lisa,

Absolutely delicious! I enjoy eating it during cold weather.

Lisa Jane from Washington on January 11, 2019:

Great article. Looks delicious.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on January 11, 2019:

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.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2019:

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

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