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Pesang Manok in a serving bowl with a side of steamed rice and fish sauce
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Pesang Manok

Pesang Manok is a type of Filipino boiled soup made of chicken, potatoes, and vegetables in a ginger-flavored broth. It's easy to make in minutes, nutritious, and delicious. Enjoy on its own or with steamed rice for the ultimate cold-weather comfort food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Entree, Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 571kcal


  • 1 (about 3 to 4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 pieces thumb-sized ginger, peeled and pounded
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small Napa cabbage, ends trimmed and cut into pieces
  • 1 bunch bok choy, ends trimmed and cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine chicken and water. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  • When the broth has cleared, add onions, ginger, peppercorns, and fish sauce.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add potatoes and continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Add bok choy and cabbage and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tender yet crisp. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



For deep flavor, swap the water with rice washing.


Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 1948mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 10372IU | Vitamin C: 181mg | Calcium: 451mg | Iron: 5mg