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Sotanghon at Bola-Bola Soup in a white bowl
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5 from 2 votes

Sotanghon at Bola Bola Sopas (Cellophane Noodles and Meatball Soup)

Warm-up your tummy with Cellophane noodle and meatball soup. It's delicious and filling on its own or as a side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 209kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 4 ounces (about 2 coils) Sotanghon noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup kinchay (Chinese celery), finely chopped

For the Chicken Balls

  • 1/4 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Prepare the meatballs. In a bowl, combine ground chicken, green onions, water chestnuts, garlic, carrots, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir until well distributed.
  • Using a small scoop, portion meat mixture and shape into 1-inch balls. Set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add shallots and garlic and cook unitl softened.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Gently drop meatballs into boiling water and cook, skimming scum that floats on top, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until meat changes color.
  • Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until meat is fully cooked.
  • Add noodles and stir to loosen. Cook for about 2 to 4 minutes or until translucent and softened.
  • Add napa cabbage and kinchay and continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until cabbage is tender yet crisp.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.



Make sure the water is boiling before adding the meatballs to keep from falling apart.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1651IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg