Soup number 5 (lanciao): Notorious Filipino bull balls soup

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 20, 2022

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In terms of preparation and cooking, soup number 5 recipe isn’t really different when compared to other Filipino dishes that have animal innards as their main ingredient.

You have the animal innards, you pre-boil and saute it, put in the broth, let it simmer, then serve.

Soup Number 5 Recipe (Lanciao)

What makes soup no. 5 notorious to the general Filipino public is that the main ingredient isn’t exactly innards. It’s actually made up of a bull’s testicles and penis!

Infamous because of its use of animal gonads, soup no. 5 is known by many people, especially men, as it’s said to be an aphrodisiac. Men who’ve had their taste of soup number 5 claim that the dish has helped them with their lovemaking skills and that it can be a substitute for the blue pill.

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However, their claims are still unverified.

Its notoriety aside though, with soup no. 5’s use of animal parts and its rich beef broth, it can’t be denied that this soup is indeed hearty enough to be appreciated, even without knowing its background, as what’s usually the case for other innards-based dishes like Ilocano papaitan and bopis.

Soup number 5 recipe cooking tips

Soup number 5 isn’t a one-pot affair, as you need to cook the gonads and broth together, then separately, then together once again.

You still need to pre-boil the cow’s genitals with a mixture of spices and sibut before boiling it again for the broth.

After, you sautee it, bring back the broth, and let it simmer until done. Garnish with toasted garlic or chopped spring onions with fish sauce or soy sauce as dips.

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Soup number 5 recipe (lanciao) bull testicles

Joost Nusselder
What makes soup no. 5 notorious to the general Filipino public is that the main ingredient isn’t exactly innards, as it's actually made up of a bull’s testicles and penis!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people
Calories 110 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg soup no. 5 set
  • 2 slices oxtail skin on
  • 1 packet sibot mix herb
  • 1 whole garlic
  • ½ head garlic chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger cut into slivers
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger cut into thin strips
  • 2 large onions quartered
  • 1 medium onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 small bundle spring onion chopped
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Clean and wash the bull organ and oxtail, then place in a large pot.
  • Pour enough water to cover the meat. Bring to a boil and let it boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and discard water, wash off all scum from the meat, and return to the pot. Pour fresh water to cover meat at about 2 inches.
  • Add in the whole garlic, sliced ginger, quartered onion, peppercorns, and sibot mix herb.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 to 6 hours at a low to moderate heat.
  • Add more water as necessary.
  • When done, remove pot from the heat and separate the broth from the meat. Using a sieve, strain off all solid residue from the broth.
  • Discard residue and put aside the broth.
  • Slice the bull organ and oxtail into thin slices. Discard the oxtail bones.
  • In a saucepan, sauté the chopped garlic, ginger, and onion.
  • Add in the sliced meats and continue to stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add in the fish sauce and stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add in the reserved broth, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the chopped spring onion and cook for another minute.
  • Serve

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal
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Take a look at YouTuber Panlasang Pinoy making soup number 5:

Soup number 5 recipe usually makes its appearance in your humble neighborhood eatery as a sort of specialty.

With its broth and layered taste, you can enjoy it during the rainy season or when the weather is particularly cold.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.