Soup Number Five, variously spelled Soup No. 5 or Soup #5, is a soup made from bull’s testes or penis. The dish originates from Filipino cuisine. It is believed to have aphrodisiac properties.
Lomi or Pancit Lomi is a Filipino-Chinese dish made with a variety of thick fresh egg noodles of about a quarter of an inch in diameter, soaked in lye water to give it more texture. Because of its popularity at least in the eastern part of Batangas, there are as many styles of cooking lomi as there are eateries, panciteria or restaurants offering the dish. Variations in recipes and quality are therefore very common.
Almondigas is basically a meatball soup, popularly known as Albondigas in Mexico and other countries. This Filipino version uses meatballs, patola and misua noodles. Many Filipinos eat this soup with steamed rice, but I am just as content without the extra carbs.
Dinengdeng (also called inabraw) is a dish of the Ilocano people of the Philippines, similar to pinakbet. It is classified as a bagoong soup based dish. Unlike pinakbet, dinengdeng contains fewer vegetables and contains more bagoong soup base.
Halabos na Hipon is merely a basic way of cooking shrimp where head, tail and everything else is intact, stirred in a pan with a little water right until it changes color. The shrimps are not deveined through the shell, they’re just washed, with the antenna or the long whiskers cut, and the sharp pointed rostrum (above the eyes) trimmed out. Using just plain water is standard, but a little is needed as the shrimp have residual liquid in it.
Hototay is a Chinese soup dish but you’ll find it in the menu of most Filipino restaurants and eateries. Even the sidealk pares stall serves it. That is how much it has become a part of Filipino cuisine. Hototay is a meat-and-vegetable soup made with slivers of pork meat, pork liver, chicken gizzards, dumplings, mushrooms and vegetables in a clear broth garnished with raw eggs.
Bulanglang is a healthy vegetarian dish well known in the Philippines. The manner of preparing it varies in different regions. Very nutritious and an everyday cooking in places, where there is an abundance of local harvest. This is probably the healthiest Filipino soup because of the combination of different kinds of vegetables.