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What is Soup No.5?

Soup number five is a Filipino soup prepared with unusual key ingredients – bull's penis and testicles. Other ingredients include a plethora of (mostly) herbs and spices such as chili peppers, green onions, lemongrass, ginger, onions, garlic, salt, sugar, pepper, fish sauce, beef broth, and oil.

There are many variations on the soup, as well as secret recipes. In the Philippines, the soup is thought to be an aphrodisiac and to have healing properties. It's also very popular as a hangover cure and a pulutan – a dish that's eaten while drinking alcohol, according to Taste Atlas.

How the dish got its name is uncertain, but popular food lore points to marketing tactics. One explanation says that restaurants explicitly labeled their first four soups: chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. Then, the fifth option would be left cryptically unelaborated upon—perhaps to intrigue the customer, perhaps to avoid getting into details.

What Does Soup Number 5 Do?

Those who swear by its influence compare soup no. 5 favorably to the drug Viagra. It is said it mimics the supplement in how it can battle against erectile dysfunction, and increase blood flow to the genitalia to sustain erections for a longer period of time, My Aphrodisiac cites.

When Does Soup No. 5 Work Best As An Aphrodisiac?

Soup no. 5 is not like other aphrodisiacs like wine or licorice root which can cause an increase in passionate urges in one sitting. Instead, it is a soup that should be eaten routinely over time, to have your body used to how its ingredients positively manipulate your body and mind. Adding in numerous garnishes will help you achieve pinnacle performance and stamina.

Is Soup No. 5 Safe?

The ingredients in this soup are perfectly safe, assuming your stomach can handle the magnitude of what you are eating. In Southeast Asia it is commonplace, and as such is not thought of as a big deal to consume. Some people may be allergic to a few of the components, but other than its main element, it is not much different than dozens of similar hearty soups.

How to Make Soup No. 5?

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Photo: Overseas Pinoy Cooking


1 kg Ox's Bat and Balls

1 bunch Lemongrass tied

1 pack Sibot small

5 cloves Garlic crushed and minced

1 pc Onion big and cut into small cubes

5 pcs Cayenne Pepper

1/2 cup Scallions chopped

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 1/2 thumb Ginger cut into strips

2 cups Beef Broth

2 tsp Sugar

10 cups Water

2 tbsp Oil


In a pot, boil the ox's bat and balls in 5 cups of water for 10 mins, as said by Eatlikepinoy.

After 10 mins, remove the bat and ball from the pot and clean it up. Remove the black dirt from the meat.

Then, put it again in the pot and pour in addition 5 cups of water.

Then, add the sibot and lemongrass. Bring to boil. Lower the heat once it's boiling already. Simmer for 3 1/2 hours.

After 3 1/2 hours remove the pot from the fire.

Cut the bat and balls into 1 inch round pieces.

Heat oil in a pot, saute garlic until golden brown. Then add the onion and saute until softened.

Now, toss in the ginger. Mix well.

Now, add the bat and balls. Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper.

Pour in the beef broth. Filter the bat and balls broth and pour into the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the sugar and simmer for 1 minute.

Ladle soup and meat into serving bowls.

Serve with scallions and enjoy!

Where Can You Get It?

Soup No. 5 is one of the most difficult aphrodisiacs to get your hands on. Though it originated in the Philippines, it is hard to get prepared even there. If you are seeking to try it and discover its effects on stimulation, your best bet is to acquire the ingredients of the soup separately, and then cook them together yourself. Its traditional recipe is straight-forward and relatively easy to arrange.

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