Chicken Sotanghon Soup

I am starting to cook different types of soups this week to keep myself warm from the dropping temperature. One of my favorite soups, which I also consider as a comfort food, is the Chicken Sotanghon Soup. I would describe this soup dish as a modified version of the regular Chicken Noodle Soup; but instead of using wide egg noodles, vermicelli noodles (sotanghon noodles) are utilized along with other special ingredients. The noodles and special ingredients make the soup more appetizing and comforting. If you’ll take a look at the image, you’ll notice that the soup has a reddish color. I used to have a reddish Chicken Sotanghon Soup when I was in the Philippines and I wanted to make a similar version today. I used annatto water to provide the reddish color. So, where did I get the annatto water? Similar to Annatto oil, Annatto water can easily be made. All I needed was to soak the Annatto seeds (Atsuete seeds) in hot water for a few minutes and stirred the liquid to dilute the color. I discarded the seeds afterwards leaving a mixture of water and Annatto seed extract which is known as Annatto water.

If you are looking for soup recipes that would help keep you warm; or if you simply want to cook something nice; here is one delicious soup recipe that you should consider.

Try this Chicken Sotanghon Soup recipe and let me know your thoughts.

Chicken Sotanghon Soup

Chicken Sotanghon Soup Recipe


  • 2 lbs chicken, cleaned
  • 4 ounces sotanghon (vermicelli noodles)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup anatto water
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned
  • 3 tablespoons onion leeks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted garlic
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Patis (fish sauce)
  • 3/4 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 piece chicken bouillon
  • 1 piece dried bay leaf

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Pour water in a saucepan, apply heat, and let boil.
  2. Put-in bay leaf and chicken. Simmer until chicken is tender.
  3. Remove the chicken and bay leaf from the cooking pot and let cool. Save the water used to tenderize the chicken for later use (as chicken stock).
  4. Separate the chicken meat from the bone then tear the meat into small pieces. Set aside.
  5. Soak sotanghon noodles in water for 6 minutes
  6. In a cooking pot, pour-in cooking oil then sauté garlic and onion.
  7. Put-in the chicken, fish sauce and ground black pepper then pour-in annatto water, and chicken bouillon.
  8. Pour the chicken stock and let boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Add the carrots and celery then cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Put-in cabbage, onion leeks, and sotanghon noodles then cook for 2 minutes more.
  11. Turn-off heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
  12. Top with toasted garlic and serve while hot.
  13. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6


  1. lilia fernandez says:

    hi! I don’t know how to cook some food specially dishes for everyday meal thank you for your tips that I receive on my facebook account good day god bless…

  2. I’m cooking this for supper. Thank you very much, Chef! You make my life easy!

  3. HI, I GOT AN A-OK! from my husband after cooking this. i just eliminated some but definitely it was delicious, i know how to cook but its always nice to add things up and its definitely delicious :) thanks Panlasang Pinoy keep them coming hehehe, its always nice to cook Filipino foods if your miles miles miles away…
    God bless.

  4. janette says:

    hello po..ano po pwd alternative sa annato water kung hindi available?

    • Lizzie says:

      do we have annato water po ba sa safeway? i dont have idea what this is. please reply… thanks.

      • My mom calls Annato “achuete”. It’s the tiny red seed looking things that when you soak them in water, the water turns a reddish color. You can find this in the Hispanic section at Safeway labeled “Achiote” most likely it’s already grounded into a powder. If it is, you can still mix a little powder with water and get the same effect.

      • oh thank you at you asked about this, see im close to safeway and I will go there and look for this. problem solved! excited to make this this coming weekend … thank you for asking this and thank you brent for the answer

  5. thanks for your great recipes…pwd po ba malaman gaano po kadami ung annato seeds to make the annato water…keep up the good work!

  6. You’re Welcome, Miss Baguio :)

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