Perfect for a rainy day: 5 soups to try


Posted at Jul 14 2014 03:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2014 07:11 PM

MANILA – Looking for something to keep you warm on a cold, rainy day? Here are five dishes served in Metro Manila restaurants that you may want to try.

Coca’s Signature Hot Pot

Signature Hot Pot at Coca. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for

Located at SM Aura in Taguig, Coca has tables with stoves and a “yin yang” pot – half is filled with chicken stock, while the other has the Thai staple tom yum.

You can cook the ingredients yourselves and adjust the spice level of the soup, although the restaurant’s staff is on hand to assist guests.

Read our feature on Coca here.

Livestock’s Lechon Tom Yum

Lechon Tom Yum. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for

Read our feature on Livestock here.

The Lechon Tom Yum of Livestock in Quezon City adds a yummy crunch to the iconic Thai favorite, with bits of lechon kawali instead of the traditional shrimp or chicken.

Livestock’s Tom Yum hiked the spice level just a little bit to give the broth an extra dimension, but it is still quite appealing to Filipino diners who usually do not like the added heat.

Modern Shanghai’s Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao. Photo by Karen Flores for

Can’t finish a huge bowl of soup by yourself? Keep yourself warm with xiao long bao or dumplings filled with soup, a well-known Shanghainese specialty.

The xiao long bao at Modern Shanghai at Glorietta 2 mall is one of the best in the city, with the soup piping hot and the skin delicate yet strong enough not to break when lifted out of the bamboo basket.

Read our feature on Modern Shanghai here.

Phat Pho’s Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue. Photo by Karen Flores,

One of the best among the pho variants at Phat Pho at Serendra, Bun Bo Hue is a noodle soup containing pork knuckle, braised beef and tendon.

Squirt a little Sriracha sauce on the pho if you want more heat.

Read our feature on Phat Pho here.

Wee Nam Kee’s Hainanese Chicken Curry Noodles

Hainanese Chicken Curry Noodles. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for

Two well-loved Southeast Asian dishes come together in one of the newest offerings of the Singaporean restaurant Wee Nam Kee, which has branches in different parts of Metro Manila.

Spicy and filling, the Hainanese Chicken Curry Noodles makes the most of Wee Nam Kee’s signature chicken.

Read our feature on Wee Nam Kee here.