Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sopas ala Beancounter (Filipino Chicken Soup with Pasta)

Sopas literally means soup. But for the Filipino it is so much more. Sopas is chicken soup with pasta which makes it a lot heartier. On top of that milk/cream is usually added which makes it far richer than ordinary chicken soup.

I've had my share of 'bad Sopas' as a youngster if you like. It has therefore failed to endear itself to me. I did not begin to like it again until much later when I started cooking it myself (at the prompting of my dear wife). 'Bad Sopas' for me means soggy pasta and extremely milky broth. Both of which are not that difficult to correct.

I substitute 'broken spaghetti' for the more commonly used shell pasta. I find that it keeps its shape and texture better than all the others (much like Royco Chicken Noodle Soup for anyone of you old enough to remember).

And instead of adding milk/cream at the end of the cooking process I leave it out altogether. It's available on the side after the soup has been served (again, an inspiration brought on by my lovely wife who prefers hers without cream).

Sopas ala Beancounter

3 cloves garlic chopped
1 large onion chopped
12 cups chicken stock
Half a poached chicken shredded
250g spaghetti broken into approximately 1 inch sticks
1 large carrot diced finely
1/4 cabbage shredded
Fish sauce/salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
A bit of oil of sauteing

1. Heat up a bit of oil in a large pot.
2. Saute the garlic until golden brown.
3. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent.
4. Add the chicken and stir fry for about a minute.
5. Pour in all the stock and bring to a boil.
6. Adjust the taste by adding fish sauce/salt and black pepper.
7. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
8. Add the vegetables and cook to your liking.
9. Dress with some hard boiled eggs (totally optional) and serve hot with freshly baked pan de sal.


Anonymous said...

Loved the soup bro, sa uulitin! - Alex

The Beancounter said...

Brad, there'll definitely be a next time...

Julie A. Cox said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely try to make this soon.

The Beancounter said...

no probs julie... you can easily halve the recipe for less people...

joven said...

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The Beancounter said...

thanks for dropping by joven...i'll go and check out yours!

panlasangpinoy said...

Elmer, this looks great. How are you doing lately?

The Beancounter said...

Thanks for dropping by Vanjom! I'm very with my day job bro...i'm only managing 1 post a week... my apologies for the delay in my "guest post"... it'll come...

Ziggy said...

winter is here!!!! comfort food. i love it.

i added you up in my links for Filipino food blogs in australia and the pacific. :)

The Beancounter said...

Much appreciated Ziggy! I'm returning the favour by doing the same... all the best to your blog!