Feature Story

January is US’ National Soup Month

Image © https://www.youtube.com

MURRIETA, CA – January is National Soup Month in the United States. It is celebrated during the whole month annually. Although this is an American holiday, it celebrates all types of soups from around the world.

Eight Fun Soup Facts:

  1. The pop culture catchphrase “No soup for you!;” used as a response to someone’s request or demand that will not be fulfilled, originated from a 1995 episode of the TV show “Seinfeld.”
  2. The earliest archaeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BCE., in Greece.
  3. Soups are classified into two groups: clear soups and thick soups.
  4. The most popular soup variety in the US. is chicken noodle.
  5. Condensed soup was invented by Dr. John T. Dorrance, a chemist with the Campbell Soup Company, in 1897.
  6. Condensing soup allows soup to be packaged into a smaller can and sold at a lower price than other canned soups.
  7. The soup is usually doubled in volume by adding a “can full” of water or milk or about 10 ounces.
  8. Which gender eats more soup? Men or women? Well, for a typical lunch, women seem to be more than twice as likely to eat soup as men. Statistics say, 9.6% vs. 4.0%.

Whether you’re partial to broth or bisque, a hearty bowl of soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods—especially with some delicious, hearty crusty bread for dipping.

Kababayan and Kaibigan with all the soup options available on the shelves of your local grocery store, you can warm up with a great Filipino soup, too.

How to Celebrate Soup Month:

As cold winter weather blankets over 100,000,000 Americans, from Michigan, Texas, Florida to Maine, it’s the perfect time for soup. To celebrate the Filipino version of National Soup Month, make a soup with your families at home and share the soul-warming liquid and the flavors that we all know and love from the Philippines with our friends and neighbors.

  1. Sinigang – Here are some of our Sinigang (boiled in tamarind) recipes that you might try: Pork Sinigang, Sinigang na ulo ng Salmon, and Sinigang na Hipon.
  2. Nilagang Baka – Nilagang Baka or “Boiled Beef Soup” is probably the easiest and simplest Filipino Soup to make. Having this soup on a cold winter night can make you feel more comfortable.
  3. Bulalo – A boiled tender beef shank soup with marrows intact and vegetables. This is one of the most popular Filipino dishes; it is often consumed during the cold days.
  4. Tinola – Tinola is a ginger and onion based soup that uses chicken as the core ingredient. It is best served during cold and rainy weather because of the warming effect of the soup.
  5. Molo – also sometimes called “Pancit Molo” is a soup dish that contains a mixture of ground pork wrapped in wanton wrapper, shredded chicken meat, and shrimps. This dish resembles the Chinese wonton soup but the array of ingredients and flavor makes it purely Filipino. This is a perfect tasty soup to have during a cold wintry day.
  6. Chicken Sotanghon – You have a whole rotisserie chicken for the family to have for lunch; and you have a lot left over, this chicken sotanghon soup recipe is a great way to use the leftover chicken.
  7. Patola with Tokwa – It calls for ground beef and really soft, mushy wheat noodles called misua. You could find these two kinds of noodles at most Asian and Filipino grocery stores. And while you’re at it, pick up the tokwa and patola or sponge gourd, there too. (V)
  8. Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa – Nothing says fall than squash and coconut milk! This one is usually paired with garlic-fried rice.

(V)The (V) behind the soup means it’s an easily veganizable (vegan) Filipino option for those observing “Veganuary”! Facebook/Pinterest/Google +/Twitter/Instagram: @veganuary URL: https://veganuary.com/us/

Hope you are lucky enough to have a Lola (grandmother) living with you or a Filipino restaurant within driving distance, or an Asian grocery store within driving distance!

Pour over the choices, make your shopping list, and whip up and enjoy some Filipino soup!

Use the hashtag #BeyondSoup and post a pic so we can feature your creation on our social media.

Daniella Flanagan
Dani, as Daniella is known among her friends, is an actress, production assistant, producer, set designer, casting director, host, and reporter. She is a huge fan of beignet, crawfish, catfish, palabok, pancit, and the great States of Texas and California. Her background is in International Business and TV/Film production.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.