It’s during this rainy season that we pine for food that reminds us the comforts of home, and what better way to soothe our growling tummies than soups? Soup satisfies not only our bellies but our hearts as we brave the stormy weather.
According to food historians, soup is as old as the history of cooking. Making soup involves combining various ingredients in a pot to create a nutritious, filling, and easily digestible and prepare meal. It’s perfect for everyone – rich and poor, healthy and sick, etc.
Despite, soup’s universal appeal, in our country, it’s been a real task to find hearty soups in the metropolis. In this feature, we show you some of the best soups in town!
Clam Chowder at the Soup Kitchen
Looking for hearty, rich soup? Don’t look too far, the Soup Kitchen in Glorietta 5 offers guests a long list of soups that are surely to satisfy their taste. The creamy clam chowder is among their best sellers. Enriched with potatoes and other vegetables to taste, the clam chowder is already a full meal in itself. Don’t take this soup without bread--- in the end you’ll want to mop it off with bread to savor each creamy goodness. If you feel a full bowl’s overwhelming, you can go for half a bowl of soup and half of a sandwich for P125 only.
Pho noodle soup at Pho Hoa
If you’re looking for something to help get rid of a runny nose or a bad cold, try some pho noodles, especially at Pho Hoa. I love their beef noodles --- paper-thin slices of steak in boiling broth accompanied with white noodles. It’s hot and tasty and very filling. Moreover, I love piling the soup with bean sprouts and some fresh coriander, Asian mint, and a few squeezes of lemon. A small bowl costs P200 and if you wish to have a bigger bowl, it will cost P265.
Congee Fest at MMLDC
Enjoy the warmth of a comforting bowl of congee or rice porridge at Antipolo’s MMLDC (Meralco Foundation). For as low as P49, you can have a bowl of plain congee and for P79, indulge on an Arroz Caldo con Goto. I had a bowl of congee with fried dough on top. Their congee’s thicker and the cook makes sure that it’s always fresh and hot right off the huge pot.
Pancit molo in Inasal Chicken Bacolod
Made of dumplings and chicken broth, the molo soup (P90) is somewhat similar to siomai soup. It is a specialty of the town of Molo in Iloilo. Unlike pancit, this one is soupy and does not use long, thin noodles but instead wonton wrappers made from rice flour. Very tasty, it has lots of finely chopped chicken meat and garlic in it.
Shabu-shabu at Thousand Cranes
If stewing your own soup appeals you then have some shabu-shabu at Thousand Cranes. The restaurant is quiet and cozy --- perfect for focusing on cooking --- and has built-in burners for your stewing convenience. My sister and I went there for her birthday and since we didn’t know how to cook shabu-shabu, the attendants were kind enough to show us how it’s done. The ingredients, such as the beef, fish fillet, fish balls, mixed veggies, lobster balls and squid cakes, are served fresh and this guarantees you that you’re having a healthy and sumptuous meal without the guilt. A basic meal costs P400 (includes chicken –based broth, seafood, veggies, meat and other ingredients.)
MMLDC Foundation is located at Km 27 Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City.