Lean Sopas on a Rainy, Lazy Day

11:44 PM

Work has been a little busy. No, wait, that's not entirely true. My head has been more lazy than usual. It's one of the after-effects of reading a book. It's a little difficult to go back to boring old this.

I find that one of the best comforts this world has to offer after a long trip to return to reality, is a bowl of piping hot soup.Good soup has mystical powers and can cure a myriad of ailments. It never fails to remind me that there was a time when everything was perfect. For me, soup is a declaration of love. A sincere wish that I'd get better or a promise of adventures once I recover.

Sopas is a Filipino take on the regular chicken soup with milk and macaroni (or any other kind of pasta really). Traditionally, it contains chicken broth, pieces of chicken, celery, carrots, potato, elbow macaroni and milk. I like mine thin, spicy and flavorful without the awkward hotdogs.

Soup makes you full. Eating celery requires more calories than what it can provide. Plus this recipe takes out the pasta in it soI get an approving look from my JAB (Juggernaut Accountant Brother) who has recently subjected me to a life of lesser sugars and unnecessary carbs.

Now for the Chef kuno version, you need:

150grams of Celery, chopped
4 medium sized potatoes, cubed
2 large carrots, cubed
1 medium sized red onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic
1 liter chicken stock
3 pcs chicken thigh fillet, cut into bit size pieces
250ml evaporated milk
A pinch of chili powder

Any meaty part of chicken will do, it will even make for a better broth if you have the bony parts. BUUUUT it's far too tedious and messy for my already short attention span. So if you're looking for less mess, follow my lead ;)

How to make it:

Add S&P and chili powder to chicken pieces

Boil chicken in chicken stock with the onion and garlic

Before you add the potatoes, make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked. To do this, spear a chicken piece and open it. It should be white without any pink or red parts. I like cutting the chicken into small pieces because they take less time to cook, especially of the chick is taken from the freezer. If it's cooked add the potatoes then carrots.
No, this is not a tomato, toh-mah-tow issue. No one says pow-tah-tow

Once the potatoes are cooked (but still firm), add the celery

After about a minute, add milk, simmer for about two more minutes, stir and taste!

Add S&P to taste--- and more chili powder if you like

spicy, chunky sopas goodness

I like this dish best when the windows are foggy and the weather is very cold.

I'm grateful for the rain. It makes my soup taste nicer and it's mystical powers more potent.

Today marks the 6th year of my brother's passing. He gave me a tattered, thoroughly highlighted copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It has become one of the books that continues to influence my life today. He is one of the best memories that I like to relive with every soup experience. Happy D-Day, bunghole.

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