How to cook: Molo soup for a hot summer night

How to cook: Molo soup for a hot summer night

Summer came suddenly. One day it was cool and breezy; the next day, it was scorching hot. The moment summer began, my daughter Sam had been asking for soup everyday. There was a time when hot soup for summer did not make sense to me until my husband pointed out the logic of consuming a lot of liquid during the hot summer months to help fight against dehydration. So, I’ve learned not to ask anymore what the heck anyone would want to sip hot soup for in this heat.

Anyway, just as we decided to stick to a fish, chicken and vegetables diet, there was a sale at the fresh meat section of the supermarket two days ago — ground pork mix for making lumpiang shanghai. Buy one kilo, get another kilo for free. I couldn’t resist. So much savings. Besides, it’s not like we’re reverting to the meaty diet we have been used to in the past. And although the package said shanghai mix, I didn’t use the ground pork mix for lumpiang shanghai. On Tuesday, dinner was fried hito (catfish) and molo soup or pancit molo.

pinsec frito

On Wednesday, we had pinsec frito and nilagang manok (boiled chicken with vegetables soup).

Just follow the links for the recipes. No need to reproduce the recipes but I did want to write something about molo soup or, as it is more popularly called in the Philippines, pancit molo.

Molo soup is siomai soup is wonton soup. Ground pork and vegetables (with minced shrimps, usually) are stuffed into wrappers made with flour and water, cooked in broth and served as a soup dish. Strictly speaking, the difference between siomai and wonton is that siomai is steamed and served as an appetizer while wontons are served in a bowl with broth. Wontons are also smaller than siomai.

Where molo soup fit in, I wasn’t sure. It is very similar to wonton soup, all right, so why it should be labeled as pancit (noodles) was something I pondered upon for a long time. Then, I read somewhere that the wrapper is considered as noodles. You know, much like lasagna is pasta and pasta is popularly referred to as noodles. That’s one theory. There’s another theory that says molo soup or pancit molo is named from the town that popularized the soup — the town called Molo in the province of Iloilo.

Meanwhile, pinsec frito is obviously a Latinized name for fried wontons. Just one more proof of how the world has embraced glorious Chinese cooking.

Of course, the history of the dish won’t determine whether it is good or not. Only the cook and the eaters can judge for themselves. So, again, the links for the recipes — molo soup or pancit molo and pinsec frito.

  • http://norbert.aquende.com Norbert

    hi! which supermarket had the sale?

  • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

    Shopwise Antipolo, Norbert. :)

  • JOEY TOSINO

    eto yung mga soup na masarap lalo na pag ganitong maulan at malamig ang panahon.
    nalalasahan ko na yung siomai!
    yum yum yum!

  • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

    Umuulan na dyan? Where are you at, Joey? Hot as an oven here. :shock:

  • JOEY TOSINO

    con, nasa toronto ako ngayon. kaka-spring lang pero may umaga na nasa almost freezing pa rin temp. although may spring showers lately, malamig pa rin tubig. sarap tuloy matulog lang pag ganung panahon. at shempre kumain ng sinangag at sardinas in oil. hehehe.

  • http://kitchen.amoores.com JMom

    What a coincidence! We are cooking this tonight since Jade made some shumai over the weekend and also wrapped some for fried won tons.

  • Anibem

    This is my children’s favorite soup. I always make this. I always make two batches, that is equivalent to 50 wrappers and steam them. They’re a big hit! I also call them dimsum aka siomai if I do not have the broth or stock available with toyo/kalamansi dipping sauce. Oh yummy, on my belly!

  • Vixen

    Nice article… yeah. Pancit molo originated in a small town of Molo located in iloilo… it was referred as Pancit Molo becoz the Molo wrapper, the sheets is used to make noodles when they shred it into pieces. Actually it’s not just a soup… i can consider it as a one dish meal for it has chicken, shrimps and pork meat, carbohydrate contain from the molo wrapper.. and a bit of veggies (spring onions/ shreded carrots) that add colors and flavors… basically, it’s a clear soup… but there’s also another version that it creamy by adding milk on the soup and putting shredded mollo wrapper to make the soup creamy…

  • Lutocaloy

    I cok this all the time… I just wanted to see if I’m cooking it right, its delicious and really good.

    Try to put a little sesame oil..