Creamy chicken sopas isn't the only soup that can soothe the Pinoy soul. For those who prefer a hearty broth over a milky base, sotanghon soup is the way to go. This comforting dish is exactly what you need when you're under the weather.
This chicken soup recipe requires the simplest ingredients you may already have at home. It also only takes 30 minutes from start to finish! Why so quick, you ask? The secret behind this soup lies in its noodles. Compared to macaroni noodles, sotanghon or vermicelli cooks in just two to three minutes!
Next time you feel tempted to reach for cup noodles, don’t! Try this chicken sotanghon soup recipe instead. Pair it with fried fish or steamed veggies to round out the meal. Scroll down to get started.
Ingredients for Sotanghon Soup
For the atsuete oil:
- 1 tbsp atsuete seeds
- 2 tbsp oil
For the chicken sotanghon soup:
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 1 pc small onion, chopped coarsely
- 1 pc chicken breast, shredded
- 1 tbsp atsuete oil
- 3½ to 4 cups water
- 2 pcs Knorr Chicken Cubes
- 1 cup sotanghon, soaked in water for 15 minutes
- 1 cup baby bok choy, shredded
- 1 cup spinach leaves (optional)
- chopped green onions, for garnish
- fried garlic, for garnish
How to Cook Chicken Sotanghon
Make the atsuete oil: Boil atsuete seeds in oil. Strain seeds and set oil aside.
Make the soup: Heat oil in a pot over medium flame. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant.
Add chicken and sauté until cooked through.
Add atsuete oil and water. Bring to a boil.
Add Knorr Chicken Cubes and sotanghon. Stir and let simmer. Add bok choy and spinach. Top with green onions and fried garlic. Serve hot.
Don’t wait until someone’s sick before trying this recipe. Enjoy it any day you want! Sotanghon soup is an easy and inexpensive dish anyone can make. Plus, its flavorsome stock is highly customizable. Feel free to substitute chicken for fish or shrimp as your primary protein source. You can also add cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, or broccoli. You can even take inspiration from a bowl of ramen and add Japanese toppings or turn it into sotanghon soup with egg. Do whatever pleases your palate!