Creamy Chicken Sopas


Ingredients:
3 cups uncooked macaroni(elbow or shell)
2 pieces chicken breast
2 cups evaporated milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onions, minced
3 pieces hot dogs, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced into strips
8 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small cabbage, roughly shredded
1 piece chicken bouillon(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water and boil chicken, chicken bouillon and onion until chicken is tender.
2. Remove the chicken and let it cool down. Save the broth.
3. Shred the chicken into small pieces using your fingers. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large soup pot, heat vegetable oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add the sliced hot dogs and the shredded chicken meat and saute for about a minute. Stir constantly.
3. Pour the chicken broth and bring to boil. Add water if needed.
4. Add celery, carrots and macaroni pasta. Simmer until the macaroni is almost done.
5. Add evaporated milk and cabbage and continue stirring until simmering.
6. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Serve hot!

Tahong and Chorizo


Ingredients:
500 grams fresh mussels(tahong)
1 chorizo sausage, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 thumb-sized ginger, finely sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 cups rice water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce(patis)
salt and pepper to taste
1 bundle young pepper leaves(dahon ng sili)
1/2 teaspoon saffron

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Wash the mussel thoroughly and drain.
2. Place the mussel in a bowl with water and salt.
3. Cover for several hours or overnight. This will allow the clams to expel sand.

Part 2
1. In a large pot, heat oil then add chorizo. Cook until starts to brown and crisp.
2. Add garlic, onion and ginger then saute for 2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes then cook until soften.
4. Add mussel and stir fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add rice water and simmer until shells are opened. Add water if necessary.
6. Add fish sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
7. Add young pepper leaves and saffron then turn off the heat.
8. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot.

Milkfish in Tamarind Soup


Ingredients:
1 medium-sized milk fish(bangus), cut in about 4-5 slices
6 tamarind(sampaloc) or 1 pack(22grams) sampaloc mix
6 cups water or rice washing
3 pieces tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
1 bundle kangkong leaves or sweet potato leaves
1 cup string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches long
2 pieces green pepper(siling haba)
Salt or Fish Sauce(patis) to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water and add onion and tomatoes. Bring to boil.
2. Add milk fish, cook and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add tamarind juice or sampaloc mix. Simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add green chili, string beans then kangkong leaves.
6. Season with salt or fish sauce according to taste.
7. Serve hot.

Notes:
If using tamarind instead of sinigang mix, here’s the procedure:
1. Boil tamarind until soften.
2. Pound and extract the juices.

Clam Soup


Ingredients:
1/2 kilo fresh clams(tulya/halaan), Wash thoroughly and drain
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 thumb-sized ginger, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
2 cups water or rice washing
3 tablespoon fish sauce(patis) or salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
butter or cooking oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large bowl, place clams with water and salt. Cover and set aside for several hours or overnight. (This will allow the clams to expel sand).

Part 2
1. In a wok, melt butter then saute ginger, garlic and onion until translucent.
2. Add tomatoes then continue sauteing for 3 minutes.
3. Add fish sauce and the clams then saute for another 2 minutes.
4. Pour water then cover and let boil. Adjust seasoning with salt and ground pepper.
5. Continue cooking over a high heat until clams open.
6. Transfer to serving bowl then serve with steamed rice.

Wild Mushroom Soup

Filipino Style Recipe: Wild Mushroom Soup is a delicious rich in flavor soup dish made of different types of mushroom cooked in beef broth and flour. This dish is usually serve as starter or during rainy season.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms
1/2 cup fresh chopped oyster mushrooms
1/2 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon fresh parsley
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups beef broth

Procedures:
1. In a pan, melt butter then saute onion.
2. Add mushrooms and parsley then saute until brown.
3. Add brandy then simmer for half a minute.
4. Add beef broth and flour then stir slowly until well combined.
5. Simmer for 10 minutes then season with salt and pepper.
6. Transfer to serving plate. Drizzle with milk(optional) then garnish with dried parsley.
7. Serve with bread.

Creamy Chopsuey

Filipino Style Recipe: Creamy Chopsuey is another variety of popular vegetable dish. Similar to typically chopsuey, it is consists of different vegetables. Instead of dissolved cornstarch, we used cream of mushroom soup for creamier and tastier dish.

Ingredients:
1/4 kilo pork, cut into small cubes
1/4 kilo shrimp, boiled and peeled
1 dozen quail eggs, boiled and shelled
12 pieces baby corn, sliced diagonally in half
100 grams snow peas(sitsaro)
1 piece medium carrot, sliced thinly
1/4 kilo cabbage, chopped 1 1/2″ squares
1/4 kilo broccoli or cauliflower, break into flowerettes
2-3 stalks leeks(kutsay), chopped 2″ long(optional)
2-3 stalks celery(kinchay), chopped 1″ long
1 piece red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 piece green bell pepper. cut in strips
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic, diced
1 medium onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Sauce Mixture:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoons sesame seed oil(optional)
1-2 cups of water
1 teaspoon sugar

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame seed oil, water and sugar.

Part 2
1. In a pan, Simmer pork in water just enough to cover the meat. Bring to boil and cook until water dried up.
2. Add vegetable oil and set aside the meat.
3. Saute the garlic and onion then put back the meat. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
4. Add shrimp and quail eggs. Add the carrot, baby corn and then all the vegetables. Stir cook for a minute.
5. Pour cream of mushroom and sauce mixture then adjust seasoning according to taste. Add more water if necessary.
6. Simmer over high heat 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are half-cooked.
7. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot with rice.

Mushroom Sotanghon Soup with Meatballs

Filipino Style Recipe: Mushroom and Sotanghon Soup with Meatballs is another easy and mouth-watering soup dish that usually during rainy season. The dish is consist of sotanghon noodles boiled in pork soup together with mushrooms and meatballs.

Ingredients:
2 packs sotanghon noodles
100 grams oyster mushrooms, torn into 2-3 pieces
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pork bouillon
fish sauce or salt and ground pepper to taste
3/4 litre of water
2 tablespoons chopped spring onion (optional)

Meatballs:
300 grams ground pork
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 raw egg
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce(optional)
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1(Skip this procedure if you are using premade meatballs from the market)
1. In a bowl, combine all the meatballs ingredients and mix thoroughly.
2. Scoop and form the mixture into 1 tablespoons ball shaped.
3. In a frying pan, heat oil and deep fry until light brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, soak sotanghon in water until soft then cut into desired length. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic, onion and mushroom.
2. Add water and bring to boil then add pork bouillon.
3. Add meatballs and simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Season with fish sauce and ground pepper according to taste.
5. Add sotanghon noodles then simmer for another 2 minutes.
6. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with spring onion then serve immediately.

Crispy Pork Sinigang

Filipino Style Recipe: Crispy Pork Sinigang is another variety of Filipino tamarind soup. This dish has a sour taste best to serve during rainy and cold season.

Ingredients:
3/4 kilo pork belly
1 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
8 pieces tamarind(sampalok) or 1 pack sampaloc mix
1 big-sized onion, chopped
3 medium-sized tomatoes, quartered
2 medium-sized taro(gabi), peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 bundle of string beans(sitaw), cut into 2 inches long
1 bundle of river spinach(kangkong leaves)
3 pieces green pepper(siling haba)
salt and fish Sauce(patis)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 liters water
oil for frying
3 pieces okra, trimmed(optional)
1 radish, sliced(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, boil pork belly with salt for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and reserved the broth.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper then mix well. Set aside.
2. Prepare beaten eggs and breadcrumbs into a separate bowls. Set aside.
3. Dredge the meat into flour mixture then shake off to remove excess flour.
4. Dip in beaten eggs and press into bread crumbs to coat all sides.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat oil then deep fry coated meat until light brown.
2. Drain on paper towel then cut into serving pieces. Set aside.

Part 4
1. In a pot, boil tamarind in 1.5 cups water, pound and strain the juice. Set aside.

Part 5
1. In a large casserole, pour pork broth, onion, tomatoes then bring to boil.
2. Add tamarind juice then bring to boil. Add gabi then simmer until tender.
3. Add radish, okra, green pepper, and string beans then simmer for another 5 minutes.
4. Adjust seasoning with fish sauce then add crispy pork and kangkong.
5. Turn off the heat then let it sit for 1-2 minutes or until kangkong is cooked.
6. Transfer to serving bowl then serve hot with steamed rice.

Easy Tom Yum Soup

Filipino Style Recipe: Tom Yam or Thai Prawn Soup is a popular Thai soup dish. It consists of shrimps with lemon, fish sauce and some herbs and spices. I love tom yum soup but the only way to have it is in thai restaurants and usually, they are a bit pricey.While I was in the grocery I passed by this aisle with premixes and I decided to try one of the tom yum instant mix. I just added some of the ingredients to enhance the flavors and tadaaa! I have my budget friendly tom yum soup.

Ingredients:
1/4 kilo medium-sized shrimps, washed, peeled, and deveined.(save the head)
1 can shitake mushrooms, halved (you can substitute with button mushroom)
2 stalks lemon grass(tanglad), cut into 2 inch stalks and pounded
1 pack instant tom yum soup mix
1 piece onion cut into quater
1 small ginger cut into small strips
1 tablespoon fish sauce(preferably Thai fish sauce)
2 cups water
Spring onion, cut into 1 inch sticks for garnish

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Put the shrimp head in boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes to release the flavor. Strain the shrimp head out of the boiling water.
2. Add onions, ginger, mushroom, and lemon grass and let it boil for 3 minutes.
3. Add the tom yum soup mix.
4. Add the shimp and cook until color turns bright orange, around 3 minutes.Season with fish sauce.
5. Remove and transfer to serving bowl. Top with spring onions.

Beef Bulalo

Filipino Style Recipe: Beef bulalo is a popular soup dish consisting of beef shanks and bone marrow that is usually served during cold or rainy season.

Ingredients:
1 kilo beef shank with bone marrow, cut into serving pieces
1 bundle Chinese cabbage
1 bundle bokchoy (pechay) (optional)
1/2 small cabbage, quartered
1 large onion, chopped
1 liter of water
2 Japanese corns, cut into 3-4 pieces
salt or fish sauce to taste
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 & 1/2 thumb-sized ginger, chopped
3 stalks scallion, chopped

Procedures:
1. In a large pot, place beef, ginger and pour water then simmer for at least 1 hour until meat is tender. Remove the scum as it rises. Add more water if necessary. (Pressure cooker takes less time).
2. Add Japanese corn, onion and peppercorns then season with salt. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until corn is tender.
3. Add vegetables then simmer for another 3 minutes or until vegetables are half-cooked.
4. Sprinkle with scallion then transfer to serving plate. Serve hot.