Festive Food Fair 2007 – Chicken Sopas

I usually go out every Sunday afternoon but the rain just gets in the way and so I ended up having time to blog and surf for Noche Buena recipes. This would be my first ever Christmas in New Zealand and this early, my friends and I have already made plans. It’s gonna be potluck and I haven’t really made up my mind on what to bring especially for the main dish. And just as I was searching for ideas I happen to find this announcement for Festive Food Fair 2007. Isn’t that swell?

I plan to prepare chicken sopas for the potluck and for this event I’d like to share its recipe. Sopas literally means soup and chicken sopas is a hearty soup made of elbow (or macaroni) pasta, shredded chicken, vegetables and milk. Yup, I know elbow pasta is Italian but this dish is definitely Filipino. A pasta soup concocted to suit Pinoy taste and definitely popular amongst us especially during rainy season or, if lucky, even during slightly cold weather during this time of the year back homeas we crave warm soupy comfort.

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Sinigang na Manok

We had a wonderful weekend getaway staying at this resort hotel we designed years ago – a much-needed rest from the pressures of work I didn’t even plug my internet cable to check my emails. (Advance Happy Valentines Day to you, too!) Just a teeny bit of work… design consultation yeah yeah yeah but that’s it. The rest is simply wonderful especially when everything is free. Haha! The hotel suite, the spa, the pool and oh the food! I just got shy I couldn’t bring myself to take photos but I can still remember the escargots!

So much for that. Here’s my sinigang na manok (chicken in sour soup) using lemon (again!) as souring agent. I admit I never thought chicken could be used for sinigang until I’ve read about it in the net. Karen and Connie, many thanks. Never did I see sinampalukang manok as sinigang, poor me. Anyhoo, it’s actually my first time to cook it this way – chicken, aubergine, taro sans the tamarind. Oh well, sinigang simply rocks!

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LP12 – Starry Nilagang Baka

Ex-colleague Ces‘ LP theme is truly interesting especially for us who live abroad. For more than a decade, my eating habits include appreciating foreign cuisine through dining out on a regular basis and Pinoy cooking at home as the craving for lasang Pinoy will never go away. I blogged about quite a few fusion recipes before and since I am here in Beijing I had the urge to share one with Northern Chinese influence for LP12. I could easily whip up a quick Chinese-looking stir-fry dish that would still taste distinctly Pinoy. Since one won’t find a Filipino store around … Continue reading LP12 – Starry Nilagang Baka