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Chicken Tinola with Patola is another take on one of my favorite Filipino chicken soup. Patola is the Filipino term for luffa or loofah, a vegetable that is most popular in many Asian countries. It goes by many other names but the way it is prepared and cooked is comparatively similar amongst the different regions. In the Philippines, it is commonly cooked with soup or stir-fried with meat and shrimp.

Tinolang Manok sa Patola

A traditional chicken tinola typically calls for papaya and malunggay leaves. Today’s version is fairly different whilst retaining that gingery soup flavor that we all love from the dish. It has the delicate and enjoyable flavor of patola. And instead of just sauteing the garlic, I toasted it to deepen the garlicky flavor.

Like all other variation of Tinola, this version is both soothing and comforting; perfect to sip on during rainy cold days or when you are feeling under the weather. I hope you make this soon and enjoy it with your loved ones.

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Tinolang Manok sa Patola

Chicken Tinola with Patola

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Servings (tap to adjust): 4
Author: Mella
Chicken Tinola with the delicate and enjoyable patola with toasted garlic flavor.


  • 500 g chicken cut into pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 inches thumb ginger peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • fish sauce to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 patola peeled and sliced
  • sliced green onions optional
  • leafy vegetable optional


  1. Choose a patola that is at a young and immature stage. It should be available in most Asian markets.
  2. Don't burn the garlic as it will make the broth bitter.
    The green onions and leafy greens are just fillers and are totally optional.
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