Filipino Chicken Sotanghon Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and julienned
1 pound chicken on the bone
1 cup Chinese celery (kinchay), chopped
2 tablespoons fish sauce
7 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon atchuete powder
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces (about 2 coils) sotanghon (bean threads)
1/2 head napa cabbage, shredded
3 hardboiled eggs, peeled and halved
fried garlic bits
green onions, chopped

For the Fried Garlic Bits
1/2 cup oil
1 head garlic, peeled and minced

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until softened.

Add chicken and cook, stirring regularly, until lightly browned and juices run clear.

Add celery and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until softened.

Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil, skimming any scum that floats on top. Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through.

In a bowl, combine about ½ cup of the hot broth and atsuete powder. Stir until atsuete is dissolved. Add atsuete water to pot.

Add carrots and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until half-done. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add sotanghon noodles and push down into broth to soften, stirring gently to separate.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with boiled eggs, fried garlic bits and green onions. Serve hot.

When noodles have slightly softened, add cabbage and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until noodles are cooked and vegetables are tender yet crisp.

For the Fried Garlic Bits

In a small pan over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Garlic will crisp as it cools.

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