Sotanghon Soup with Meatballs

It’s rainy season here in the Philippines. It’s time to share some soup recipes. This recipe is a simple one. There are different versions of Sotanghon soup. We also have the Chicken Sotanghon Soup. I will share that recipe in the near future. The recipe I’m about to share is with meatballs or bola-bola instead of chicken. The main ingredients to this comfort dish is glass noodles and meatballs. If you are feeling sick, eating hot Sotanghon Soup with Meatballs (Meatballs Sotanghon Soup) will help you feel a little better.


You may noticed that in most of my dishes, I used broth cubes. Please feel free using your own chicken stock or broth.

Sotanghon Soup with Meatballs


  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed (sliced thinly)
  • 1 Medium onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (julienned)
  • 4 thin slices red pepper
  • 2-3 pieces Chinese Cabbage Leaves
  • 1 piece Beef broth cubes
  • 1/4kg Lean minced pork
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon seasoning (I used small pack Magic Sarap Seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper for the minced pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper for seasoning the soup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 stalks spring onions as garnish


Step 1
Add seasoning to minced pork. Mix.
Step 2
Add cornstarch and continue mixing. Set aside for a few mins.
Step 3
Turn on heat to medium. Saute garlic and onion for a minute.
Step 4
Add carrots and saute for another 2 mins.
Step 5
Add red pepper and cook for 1 minute.
Step 6
Add water and let it boil.
Step 7
While waiting for the soup to boil. Form minced pork into balls.
Step 8
Add meatballs to boiling soup. Drop them gently.
Step 9
Let it boil for 3-5 mins. Then add glass noodles (Sotanghon)
Step 10
Once Sotanghon turns clear in color, using a clean scissors cut it in half.
Step 11
Add Chinese cabbage and cook for 1 minute.
Step 12
Add black pepper powder. Garnish it with spring onions and you're done.
Step 13
Enjoy this healthy delicious soup. You can eat it as is or with rice.

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