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Monday, December 19, 2011

a christmas story and a bowl of soup

Maybe it's the subliminal effect of reading too many Chicken Soup for the Soul books; but when I make a pot of soup, I think of heartwarming stories. And maybe it's the magical season of Christmas that inspires me to want to share those stories to others. Here is a link to a Christmas story aired on CBS News about a Secret Santa. I hope the message of Christmas hits you just like it hit me.

Yes, Christmas is just a week away and I hope you are enjoying the festivities all around you, but maybe it won't hurt if we all partake in a simple act of kindness to keep the Christmas spirit alive.

As you ponder over the good deeds that you  want to do for  this season,  let me warm your hearts with Molo Soup (Wonton Soup)... a soup I personally associate with Christmas (we normally have for our Noche Buena, Christmas eve dinner).

May the spirit of Christmas be yours...



Molo Soup (Wonton Soup)

I made it as simple as possible so we need:

Wonton wrappers
1/2 lb. ground pork
1//4 lb shrimp, chopped
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 fresh egg
1/4 c water chestnut, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
green onions thinly sliced
1 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

For the soup stock:
4 cups of chicken (beef or shrimp) stock
1 small carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
onion leeks, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Crack one fresh egg and stir briefly.  
On a flat surface, lay the wrapper.  Put half a spoon full of the pork mixture at the center.  Fold the wrapper and seal the edges.

On a stockpot, let the soup stock to boil (you could use shrimp stock, chicken or beef stock).  Drop the wanton into the pot and let it cook.  Drop the chopped carrots, leeks and celery.

Now for the most important part:
On a pan, add  2 tbsp of oil and brown the minced garlic.  When it's brown pour it over the soup.  Garlic oil will enhance the taste of your wanton soup.


  1. Thanks for sharing this Christmas story. I would like to let you know that what sets you apart as a food blog is that you share not just food for the body for the soul as wellm
    Merry Christmas Malou

  2. This is a marvelous molo soup and my husband's new favorite (alternating with siningang). To me, soup is synonymous with comfort - what I turn to when I feel out of sorts. It never fails to perk me up. Thanks for sharing the story and the soup! 8-)

  3. What a lovely sentiment, Malou! That's a perfect idea for the week of Christmas!! This soup is just calling my name, I wish I could reach a spoon through the computer screen- it looks so good and I love the beautiful bright vibrant colors!

  4. The wonton soup looks wonderful and warm, perfect for sharing during the holidays. Thanks for sharing the story. :)

  5. Tagatugue: mabbalo nikaw. I am inspired to share because of readers like you.

    Tracey: Mary Grace. Is a favorite.I love love love their ensaymadas...

    Ryan: thank you, I think we hve to remind ourselves sometimes... thank you for coming over.

  6. Must be really yummy at your place on Christmas. Gorgeous soup. Have happy holidays.

  7. This used to be a part of our Christmas menu until Nanay decided not to serve soup anymore. It looks so lovely and comforting. If you have more tips on the whereabouts of secret santa, fill me in.

  8. Merry Christmas, Malou! It consoles me that I am not the only one who's a sucker for sad songs, sad movies, sad stories. As long as there's a happy ending! Thank you for sharing this Christmas story and this heartwarming bowl of pancit molo. happy Holidays to you and your family!!

  9. Wonton soup is the heaviest of all the soups. Do you know why? Because it is "Won Ton!" Okay, mare, I just want to make you laugh, because life is like a maze or maiz, okay I mean corny! Seriously, someone that I know is really having fun taking good-looking photos and getting stylish with food, especially soup. hmm, sino kay yon? Merry Christmas, Malou. :)

  10. I should try cooking this molo soup one of this days. It looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the Christmas story. As a lover of books, I grew up reading lots of Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

  11. What a nice story...inspiring and makes you feel good, especially at this time of year.
    And your soup looks amazing...I could dig into a nice big bowl of that right now. So comforting and hearty!

  12. Malou, I wish you were close to the Bay Area so you could come over and share stories over dinner. I'm so glad that we met and continue to stay in contact. Great story and beautiful looking soup.

  13. Malou, this reminds me of the Pancit Molo and the Ho To Tay soups my Mom used to make for us. Thanks for sharing this and the lovely Christmas story. Enjoy your holidays! Maligayang Pasko!

  14. Malou-I enjoyed reading your Christmas story...so touching!
    Love your traditional, beautiful, and satisfying soup for the holidays!
    May you and your loved ones be blessed with the Christmas Spirit, and always!

  15. That was such a beautiful story Malou, thank you so much for sharing it...
    And your soup is just lovely, serious comfort!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you an amazing 2012, hugs

  16. I am yet to meet a chicken soup that I don't like, but I am sure that this one has as much soul and warmth (I don't doubt for a second that it's delicious).
    I hope your new home town is treating you well.
    We moved just before Christmas (form OC to Redondo Beach) and I am finally done unpacking. We love it here!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    BTW, hos is the little East Coaster?

  17. This looks fabulous! I loved the presentation. http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

  18. here is a picture of molo soup served for lunch buffet at home on New Year's day 2010

  19. Hi Malou- Here is a picture of the molo soup served at home for lunch on New Year 2010


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