Papaitan Recipe for Those Craving a Good Bowl of Hot Soup

Papaitan Recipe

Not everything that’s bitter is bad. A good example is this dish from Ilocos that has people coming back for more.

The name of this food alone would have you surrendering back to your own bowl of hot soup no matter how bland it is. Papaitan, as it is widely known, literally means “bitter,” which is only right because this soup dish actually tastes—yes, you got it right—quite bitter.

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Papaitan Recipe

But papaitan’s bitter juice is exactly what tourists are raving over. And it has a bunch of health benefits too you can’t get from any other dish.

The best of this dish can be found in Ilocos, but it’s not something you can’t make at home.

Papaitan Dish

Papaitan Recipe to Cook on a Cold Rainy Day

Although it’s the kind of dish you probably won’t like at first, once you develop an acquired taste, it will become your go-to dish when the temperatures start to drop.

Below is a papaitan recipe for all those planning to serve soup during the rainy season.


  • 1 lb ox tripe
  • 1 lb cow’s heart
  • 1 lb cow’s small intestine
  • 1 lb cow’s meat (sliced and chopped)
  • 4 tbsp bile
  • 2 onions (sliced)
  • 4 knobs ginger (cut into thin strips)
  • 12 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
  • 10 pc finger chilies
  • 5 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 4 pc lemon
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 16 cups water

How to Cook Papaitan


  1. Pour 8 cups of water into a hot cooking pot.
  2. Add the salt and set to boil.
  3. Add the innards (tripe and small intestines). Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes or until tender.
  4.  Remove the innards and slice.
  5. Prepare a clean cooking pot. Heat it and pour in the cooking oil.
  6. Saute the spices in the hot cooking oil.
  7. Put in the beef, sliced intestines, and tripe. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the salt and black pepper. Stir.
  9. Pour in the other 8 cups of water. Boil. Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes.
  10. Add the bile. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  11. Put in the finger chilies. Squeeze in the lemon juice. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  12. Turn off heat and serve.

This papaitan recipe may be time-consuming, but once the papaitan is cooked, you’ll know it’s worth it. Of course, like any other soup, it’s better served and consumed hot.

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