A Big Warm Bowl of Flavorful Molo

Bring back some childhood memories by sipping a big bowl of warm molo soup.

Pancit Molo is another Filipino soup perfect for the rainy days and cold months. It originated from a town called Molo in Iloilo.

This Filipino pork wonton soup is made of ground pork enclosed in wonton or siomai wrapper cooked in chicken stock with some shrimps and shredded chicken.

Try this recipe.

Molo Soup


  • wanton or siomai wrappers
  • ½ kilo ground pork
  • fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • sesame oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chicken (preferably breast)
  • 1 piece chicken cube
  • water
  • garlic, minced
  • spring onions


  1. Put chicken in a pot of boiling water. Add salt and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken and set aside the broth.
  3. Shred the chicken using a fork. Set aside for later steps.
  4. In a clean bowl, pour in ground pork, soy sauce, oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Scoop (about a spoonful) a portion of the mixed pork and place it into the wrapper.
  6. You can seal the edges using water or egg white. Repeat until you get your desired number of molo balls or until the mixture is done. Set aside.
  7. Sauté garlic and onion in a bowl. Add the shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  8. Pour in broth that you set aside from the earlier steps, add the chicken cube for additional flavor. Bring to boil.
  9. Add the molos carefully and some molo wrappers. Simmer until the molos are cooked.
  10. Best when served hot!

You can top it with minced spring onions and toasted garlic. You can also squeeze a calamansi, pour soy sauce or pepper for additional flavoring.

Did you know that Molo is the home of the historic Molo Church, also known as St. Anne Parish? It was said that during Dr. Jose Rizal’s visit, he exclaimed “La iglesia bonita!” acknowledging the beauty of this famous church on his way to Manila from his exile in Dapitan.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination. You can also opt to ride a jeepney with a sign board: “Molo”.

Philippine Airlines flies daily to Iloilo. Book your flight now only at PAL.

(pancit molo soup, photo by Enrico Dee of www.byahilo.com)

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