My Batsui Recipe (Filipino Beef and Macaroni Soup)

Batsui Recipe


A delicious variation of the noodle dish Batchoy featuring pork, innards, and macaroni in a ginger-flavored broth
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 thumb-size fresh ginger about 3 tablespoons (peeled and julienned)
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin cut into small strips
  • pound pork kidney trimmed of fat and cut into small strips
  • pound pork pancreas (cut into small strips)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups hot water
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • pound liver cut into small strips


  • Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until softened and fragrant.
  • Stir in fish sauce and let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add pork tenderloin and cook until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
  • Toss in kidney and pancreas. Season with pepper. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  • Pour in hot water and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that may appear on the surface.
  • Cover and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes until the meat is tender.
  • Add elbow macaroni and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until tender but still firm to the bite.
  • Finally, add liver and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until cooked through.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Serve hot and enjoy

Details Behind My Batsui Recipe

Batsui Recipe – Beef can be paired with a variety of ingredients in Filipino cuisine. Among them is macaroni and soup. How do these ingredients go together? Through a dish known as batsui. Batsui is a variation of batchoy. What is batchoy? Batchoy, also spelled batsoy, is a Filipino noodle soup containing pork offal, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin, and round noodles. Batsui, on the other hand, is a Kapampangan-style soup. It features pork, organ meats, and macaroni in a broth featuring ginger.

Additional Notes About Batsui

As a soup dish, Batsui is fairly simple but there are different ways to make it better. For one, starting with hot water instead of cold water is recommended to maintain consistent cooking times and preserve the texture of organ meats while preventing cloudiness in the broth. Other than the cooking process, there are ways to serve the dish.

Traditionally, you can enjoy Batsui by itself. However, you can also pair it with steamed rice or pandesal for breakfast. To store leftovers, cook the macaroni separately and add it to the soup just before serving to prevent mushiness. Reheat gently in a saucepan until reaching an internal temperature of 165°F for optimal taste.

Similar Dishes to Batsui

Like many other noodle dishes, there are alternatives to Batsui. If you want to maintain the macaroni aspect but need a lighter protein, you should try chicken sopas. Chicken Sopas is a hearty noodle soup dish known for its creamy texture and comforting flavors. Featuring macaroni, boneless chicken, and a medley of vegetables like celery, carrots, and cabbage, it’s simmered to perfection in evaporated milk.

Originating from the American colonial period and inspired by chicken noodle soup, Chicken Sopas has evolved to include variations with ingredients such as potatoes, green peas, or corned beef.

Other Noodle Dishes

If you want to try other noodle soup dishes, chicken noodle soup is an option. Chicken noodle soup comes in various iterations, including the Filipino favorite, Chicken Mami. This dish features wheat flour noodles in a savory broth with chicken and various toppings.

The noodles, made from wheat flour, are the star of the dish, complemented by a rich bone broth and toppings such as meat, vegetables, and eggs. Chicken Mami offers a comforting and flavorful experience, rooted in both Filipino and Chinese culinary traditions.

Other Beef Dishes

Do you want a dish with more focus on beef? Then consider mechado. Mechado is a savory braised beef dish originating from the Philippines, influenced by Spanish culinary traditions from colonial times. This flavorful meal consists of beef braised in a rich sauce flavored with soy sauce and calamansi. In recent times Mechado has evolved with variations using different beef cuts and methods, sometimes resembling a stew with added tomatoes and potatoes for extra flavor and texture.

These are a few dishes you can enjoy featuring noodles and beef. Depending on the ingredients, there are all kinds of fun Filipino ingredients that put a twist on certain dishes.

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