Asian Chicken Soup is similar to chicken sotanghon soup, but this recipe has some features that makes it unique. This can be served as a soup appetizer, a main dish (there are times when I eat noodle soup with rice), and meryenda (snack). Soups, rice porridge, and rice cakes (kakanin) are common Filipino meryenda food. […]
Chicken Soup is not only delicious and comforting; it also has healing and soothing properties. This easy recipe will guide you in preparing your own chicken soup in no time. For most of us, our parents often serve chicken soup when we are not feeling well. I remember always having this wonder soup when I […]
Chicken Asparagus Soup is another good recipe to make with this wonderful vegetable. You might have tried some of our asparagus recipes such as: asparagus soup, grilled asparagus recipe, and asparagus salad — this one that we have here is also as good as the others. The only difference is the use of chicken, which […]
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.
Chicken Sopas is a soup dish filled with diced or shredded boneless chicken meat and elbow macaroni noodles. This chicken soup is a common breakfast or snack food among Filipino families particularly during the rainy season. Since this is a family favorite, most Filipino families have their own treasured Chicken Sopas recipe. I’m guessing that some recipes might even be passed from generation to generation.
The difference of Chicken Sopas from other traditional chicken soups is the use of milk. Fresh or even evaporated milk is added to the soup along with the chicken and different vegetables for a richer flavor. The addition of other meats such as diced hotdogs or luncheon meat in some recipes can also be considered as one of the factors that make this soup dish different from the traditional ones. I, for one, have tried almost all the versions of this dish (I even tried one recipe that makes use of chicken liver) and they were all great.
This particular recipe is one of the simplest recipes that I tried. I shot the video during our 3 day camping adventure at Indiana Dunes. In order to save some time and avoid a lot of mess, I used diced boneless chicken meat and chicken broth rather than deriving stock by boiling bone-in chicken. The taste is pretty much the same but you can save more money if you do it the traditional way: boiling bone-in chicken to make chicken stock and manually removing the meat from the bones.
By the way, the noodles and vegetables may vary depending on the recipe. Feel free to use the appropriate vegetables that you desire.
Can I also request you to share your way of making Chicken Sopas for the benefit of everyone? I am excited to learn from you.