Papaitan Recipe

Papaitan Recipe

How to cook papaitan recipe a very popular dish in the Northern Part of the Philippines more specifically in Ilocos Region.

Usapang PAPAITAN! Mapait pero MASARAP lalo na kapag sa inuman at umuulan! Ang papaitan ay isa sa mga pambato ng mga Ilocano. Pano nga ba ito lutuin? Tara alamin natin!

How do you make a papaitan recipe? 

Papaitan is an exotic dish from the northern part of Luzon. “Papaitan” was derived from the Ilocano word “pait” which means bitter. Main ingredients are goat or beef innards such as liver, intestine, kidney, heart, pancreas as well as cooked blood. Innards are stewed and flavored with its bile juice that makes the dish bitter taste. The bitterness is not that bad. The spices and sourness of the tamarind broth added balances the flavor which turn out to be deliciously exotic. The tamarind broth could be an option if you really want to have bitter taste of the dish.

Some Ilocano folks serve Papaitan as soup during meals. In this case, more water is added and balance the taste by adding more bile juice, tamarind broth and salt. Papaitan is best when it served hot

Today in where I live it is hard to get the ingredients specially the bile that’s why we need to improvise some ingredients and in this case we will be using bitter gourds as the bittering agent. By using the improvised ingredients it’s easy to serve it to non-Filipino guests as it would look less like an episode of Fear Factor for them.

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Papaitan Recipe

Pinapaitan is a very popular dish in the Northern Part of the Philippines more specifically in Ilocos Region, the original dish consists of goat and ox innards and its meat flavoured with bile, tamarind and chillies.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Beef, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5


  • 1/2 lbs. Ox Tripe
  • 1/2 lbs. Cow's Small Intestine
  • 1/2 lbs. Beef thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 lbs. Cow's Heart
  • 2 tbsp. Bile
  • 2 knobs Ginger
  • 1 medium Onion Diced
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed and chopped
  • 8 cups Water
  • 4-6 pcs Sili (chilies)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 6-8 pcs Calamansi 1-2 pcs Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking Oil


  • Heat a cooking pot and pour-in 4 cups of water and put-in 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Put-in the ox tripe and small intestines and simmer until tender. This should take approximately 35 to 50 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Remove the tender ox tripe and small intestines then slice. Set aside.
  • Heat a clean cooking pot and pour-in cooking oil.
  • When the oil is hot enough, sauté garlic, onion, and ginger.
  • Add the beef, heart, sliced intestines, and tripe then cook for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoon salt and ground black pepper then stir for a minute.
  • Pour-in remaining 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes (you may add more water if needed).
  • Add bile then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the finger chilies and squeeze-in the lemon juice then simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!
Keyword Beef Papaitan, Goat, Papaitan, Pulitan

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