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Soup Number 5
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Soup Number 5

An exotic soup composed of the bull's sex organs, this Filipino recipe is said to have aphrodisiac effects.
Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Soup Recipe
Keyword: bat and balls, lanciao, soup #5
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 lbs. Ox bat and balls
  • 2 bunches lemongrass
  • 1 set sibot herb mix
  • 3 pieces Thai chili pepper optional
  • 3 tablespoons green onion chopped
  • 3 thumbs ginger julienne
  • 2 pieces onions sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce patis
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil


  • Boil 6 cups water in a cooking pot.
  • Put Ox bat and balls. Continue to boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the cooking pot and wash with running water. Discard the water.
  • Pour 6 cups water in a cooking pot. Let boil. Add sibot herb mix and lemongrass. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add bat and balls into the pot. Continue to cook for 3 to 4 hours or until tender. Note: you can use a pressure cooker to tenderize it quickly. Add water as needed.
  • Remove the meat from the pot. Let it cool down and then slice into smaller pieces. Filter the liquid using a kitchen sieve to separate the solid ingredients. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a cooking pot. Saute garlic, onion, and ginger until garlic browns and onion softens.
  • Add the sliced bat and balls and chopped Thai chili. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the filtered liquid and add beef broth. Let boil. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper and add sugar. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  • Make the soup thicker by pouring a mixture composed of cornstarch and water. Stir.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve.
  • Share and enjoy!


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1131mg | Potassium: 501mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3.5mg