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

Updated on August 1, 2019
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How to make chicken hi-bol, a Filipino-inspired dish
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.

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assorted vegetables
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fresh noodles | Source
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boiled eggs | Source
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shredded chicken | Source


  • Fresh noodles
  • Cabbage, julienned
  • Carrots, julienned
  • Baguio beans, julienned
  • Eggs, boiled
  • Chicken, cooked, 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

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 3 to 4 servings


  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.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Serve chicken hi-bol with lemon juice to add a layer of sourness or hot sauce to make it spicy.
  2. Replace chicken with any meat.
  3. Use any vegetables available.
  4. Try making homemade chicharrón.

chicken hi-bol or chicken mami
chicken hi-bol or chicken mami | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        9 months ago from California

        Hello Pamela,

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

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        Dred Cuan 

        9 months ago from California

        Hi Liz,

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

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        9 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 

        9 months ago from UK

        This looks like a healthy dish with easily accessible ingredients.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        9 months ago from California

        Hello Lisa,

        Absolutely delicious! I enjoy eating it during cold weather.

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        Lisa Jane 

        9 months ago from Washington

        Great article. Looks delicious.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        9 months ago from California

        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 

        9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

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


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