When the rainy season comes, it’s always a welcome change from the scorching heat of summer. In this weather, most customers choose to cozy up with a bowl of warm soup as they while away the time at home. And while there’s a wide variety of soup options out there– from creamy mushroom soup to Filipino soup recipes made with a chicken broth like tinola or made with Knorr Sinigang Mix like sinigang na baboy, here are the top 3 most popular types that can soothe anyone’s soul even on the rainiest of days! Enjoy these soup recipes!
Just the unique aroma of sinigang itself can already make someone feel warm inside. In every slurp, the distinct savory-sour flavor that traditionally comes from tamarind bursts through to get senses tingling and satisfy a hungry stomach. Sinigang is also always filled with a mix of vegetables that shouldn't be over-cooked to retain their nutritional value. And as for the protein, that would typically be cubed pork for sinigang na baboy, and seafood for sinigang na hipon or sinigang na salmon. But really, there are no strict rules as to what you can put in your sinigang! Try these sinigang recipes made with crispy lechon, with creamy salmon belly sa miso, and yes, even with hearty corned beef, all made with Knorr Sinigang Mix!
Chef Tip: Use Knorr Sinigang sa Sampalok Mix as the base for heightened flavors and add other souring agents like green mango, kamias, calamansi, even watermelon to add fruity notes
#2 Filipino-style Soups
From tinola to arroz caldo, soups have been part of our culinary history since time immemorial. Just like all other Filipino dishes, each region always has its own kind of soup. There’s Linat-ang Baboy from Cebu, Tiyula Itum from Sulu, and Pinikpikan from the Cordillera region. And while each one tastes notably different from the other, their common denominator would either be the incredible umami or sweet-savory characteristics. Serve the flavors of the Philippines in a nice, warm bowl and try cooking up these heritage Filipino soup recipes from the Visayan region like Pancit Molo, Utan Bisaya (Sinabawang Gulay), and Kansi. You can even try a Filipino Style Creamy Seafood Bouillabaisse made with the freshest shellfish!
Chef Tip: Take pride in the process of making traditional Filipino soups (e.g., kansi entails long-simmering for your beef, molo wrapping is a tedious process) and follow them diligently to have a tastier outcome. You can also use Knorr Broths as your base for that extra boost of flavor!
#3 Western Soups
Western soups have the power to deliver the most comforting flavors from around the world. They're made with a wide variety of soup bases that range from creamy to brothy, but they usually have earthy flavor profiles and ingredients that literally warm up the senses. From a chef’s perspective, Western soup recipes are easy to mix & match or level up with just a few extra dollops and dashes. Try serving creamy options like an upgraded Mushroom Soup with Truffle Cream Foam or Seafood and Corn Chowder, roasted classics like Puree of Roasted Squash Soup or Roasted Asparagus & Onion Soup with Barley, or a spicy number like Bouillabaisse with Smoked Pepper Rouille! These options will make your customers’ tastebuds feel like they’re journeying the globe, even if they’re nice and cozy at home.
Chef Tip: Feel free to explore flavors and ingredients like barley, truffle foam, smoked peppers, and saltines. You can also use Knorr Aromat to complement those Western elements.