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Discover the Delightful Filipino Dish: Chicken Tinola with Malunggay

Tinola, a well-known Filipino soup, has gained popularity as dozens of Filipinos online express their fondness for it.

Following a viral Khaleej Times story celebrating the nutritional powerhouse of malunggay (moringa leaves), conversations among Filipino netizens unveiled a beloved dish that features this superfood.

Rediscovering Tinola: A Filipino Favorite:

Tinola, a renowned Filipino soup, has gained attention as dozens of Filipinos online share their love for this dish, which prominently features malunggay as a key ingredient. 

Despite previous controversy, this flavorful soup has remained a staple in Filipino households, especially within the UAE’s Filipino community.

Tinola Recipe: Bringing Flavor to Life:

For those curious to explore the taste of tinola, here’s a simple recipe to recreate this beloved Filipino dish:


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup malunggay (moringa, drumstick leaves)
  • 1 (1.5-inch) piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 piece green papaya, sliced into wedges
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • A few tablespoons of fish sauce (adjust to taste)
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Water (can use water used to wash rice) with chicken bouillon cube / 2 cans of chicken broth


  1. Saute garlic, onion, and ginger until fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken chunks and cook until they turn light brown.
  3. Mix in the fish sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Pour in water or chicken broth for the soup base and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Add the green papaya and cook for 5-10 minutes until slightly tender.
  6. Stir in the malunggay and cook for an additional minute.
  7. Season with black pepper and fish sauce or salt according to taste preferences.
  8. Serve hot alongside plain rice for a comforting and nutritious meal.

This dish not only celebrates the flavors of Filipino cuisine but also highlights the nutritional benefits of incorporating malunggay into everyday cooking, offering a taste of tradition and wellness in every spoonful.

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