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Tinolang Tulya - FoodwithMae-6

Clams and Ginger Soup

Tinolang Tulya

A simple yet comforting clams and ginger soup, eaten on it own or with some steamed jasmine rice.

What is Tinolang Tulya

Tinola is a classic Filipino dish enjoyed by Filipinos in and outside of the Philippines. Filipinos loves this dish as it’s comforting and delicious especially during rainy and cold months. Tinola is mainly ginger based soup with either chicken, shellfish or fish, some moringa leaves and or some green papaya or chayote for some. There are a few variations to this dish but one thing for sure they all have ginger in it.

Tinola for me is one of those Filipino dishes that is delicious but also very nutritious. Ginger is a great for soothing stomach pain, relieves common colds and good for reducing inflammations. Moringa is also a great because it reduces cholesterol, it has some antioxidants and it also helps people who are lacking in essential nutrients. All together this is a great dish for overall health.

As I was growing up in the Philippines my papa always cooks me some Tinola either with chicken or seafood. Both variations are amazing! Now I make this for my family too all year round. When I need a ‘pick me up’ food this is one of my go to food.

Let’s talk ingredients

I bought my clams fresh from Waitrose (not sponsored), 1 kilo was about £13 and was not cheap. In the Philippines it will be cheaper! But I bite the bullet and went and get some. You can find some clams at your local fish monger too.

Most of the ingredients are easily accessible, you can get them at your local supermarket.

In terms of the vegetables, I used Asian Cabbage but you can use Pak Choi or ang greens or veggie you like. If you have green papaya or chayote you can add those too.

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Tinolang Tulya - FoodwithMae-6


1kg Clams
2 thumb size ginger
1 small onion
3 garlic cloves
1.5 litres water
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 whole asian cabbage or pak choi
2 tablespoons oil


In a pot, heat some oil and saute the aromatics; adding ginger & onions and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Followed by garlic, cook for a minute and pour the water into the pot then bring it to a boil.
Next is to add salt and fish sauce. Mix the soup thoroughly, taste the soup, if you want to add more salt or fish sauce you can do it here. Add the clams into the soup, put the lid on and simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
Take the lid off the pot and add the asian cabbage or your vegetable of choice. Put the lid back on and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Now it’s ready to serve with some jasmine rice.

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