Chicken Sotanghon Soup is a Filipino version of chicken noodle soup. This soup dish makes use of shredded chicken and sotanghon noodles. It also has carrots and cabbage. Adding roasted garlic, scallions, and seasoning with fish sauce makes it stand out.
I like to have Chicken Sotanghon Soup anytime of the day regardless of the season. It always makes me feel comfortable. I usually have it as a mid-afternoon snack, but there are times when I crave for it early in the morning. Sometimes, I eat this as a meal for lunch with rice.
How to Cook Chicken Sotanghon Soup
This Pinoy chicken noodle soup version is easy to make. It can take less than 20 minutes to cook provided that the ingredients are prepared ahead of time.
The chicken needs to be prepped in this recipe. This is the reason why it took a bit longer.
Start by making annatto water. Combine annatto seeds with warm water and then stir. Soak for 10 minutes. Filter the seeds using a kitchen sieve and set the colored water aside.
We need shredded chicken for this recipe. Chicken needs to be cooked thoroughly and then shredded afterwards. Start by boiling water in a cooking pot. Add a piece of dried bay leaf for extra aroma. Put chicken in the pot and boil for 20 minutes. Remove chicken and let it cool down before manually shredding the meat. I suggest removing the skin, unless you want it in your soup. Save the chicken stock. It is needed for the soup.
The actual cooking process is straightforward after preparing the ingredients. This involves sautéing the aromatics such as garlic, onion, and celery. Make sure to brown the garlic in order to get that nice roasted garlic flavor in your soup. Add the shredded chicken and saute for a couple of minutes before pouring the stock.
Chicken Sotanghon Soup should be tasty. Adding a piece of Knorr Chicken Cube provides that solid chicken flavor. I like my soup to be somewhat orangey in color. Annato water does this for me.
Add the sotanghon noodles and cook for approximately 10 minutes. This soup is sufficient enough with only carrots and cabbage as vegetable ingredients. However, feel free to add other veggies if desired. Put the veggies in the pot and cook for a few minutes before seasoning with patis and ground black pepper.
I also add roasted garlic and chopped scallions. These makes a huge difference.