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Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (Pho Gà)

When I watch food shows on TV, I pay close attention to what street cooks do. Not celebrity chefs cooking on a street corner pretending to cook street food. I mean, the real street food cooks because they are the ones who truly have a feel of the food culture of a … [Read more...]

chicken-bean-soup

Herbed chicken soup with assorted beans

I've noticed that many readers simply wait for updates via Facebook, Twitter, RSS or newsletter to view the latest recipes in the blog. What they don't realize is that there's so much more in the archives. This is a ten-year-old web site, after all. Which reminds me -- the … [Read more...]

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Baby corn and Chinese broccoli soup

Baby corn (or young corn, as it is sometimes called) is often associated with stir fries. Who would have thought that it would make a superb ingredient for a soup dish too? I used fresh baby corn, not canned, and I have no idea if canned will work equally well. The thing … [Read more...]

corn-chicken-soup

White corn and chicken soup

There is another white corn soup in the archive with pork and squash flowers. This version is not as colorful but it is definitely richer in flavor. If it were a photograph, I'd describe the flavors as deep tones and bold saturation. What makes it so richly flavored? … [Read more...]

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Chinese broccoli and tamarind soup

It's really just sinigang, simplified, milder and with none of the traditional vegetables that go into the soup. We were having fried danggit (rabbitfish) and poqui-poqui, and I just wanted a simple soup to go with them -- simple to prepare and simple to digest. There was a … [Read more...]

caribbean-tripe-soup

Caribbean-inspired beef tripe and dumplings soup

Just like fried fish, the dish that consists of boiled meat and vegetables can be found in every culture. We have our nilagang baka of which the bulalo is a regional variation, there's the Irish Dublin coddle, the Chilean caldo pata, New England boiled dinner, Welsh cawl... … [Read more...]

pork-picadillo

The pork version of Speedy’s picadillo

First, there was Speedy's picadillo, a soup made with tender beef cubes, carrots, potatoes and chayote. Next came a close variation in the form of bulalo picadillo. Then, there was Sam's picadillo with upo (bottle gourd) in lieu of chayote. And then, there was chicken soup a … [Read more...]

bean-soup

Pork, beans and vegetables soup with sweet paprika

Let me take a break from everything vegetarian. This soup has meat. Gelatinous meat from the hock and trotters. And an assortment of vegetables. It's very chunky. And filling because it has beans -- beans that I had cooked to perfect tenderness in the slow cooker. You can … [Read more...]