Sopa de fideo from California with corn and chicken, garnished with avocado and a lime wedge
Sopa de fideo from Spain

Sopa de fideo (Spanish for "noodle soup"), also referred to as sopita de fideo,[1] is a stock-based noodle soup that is a part of the cuisines of Spain, Mexico, and Cavite, a province in the Philippines.


In Spain and Mexico, sopa de fideo is made with thin noodles (typically vermicelli and angel hair pasta) which are typically broken or cut and then browned separately prior to being stewed in stock with the other soup ingredients.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Additional soup ingredients include bell pepper, onion and garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken, chili peppers, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.[2][6]

Sopa de fideo in the Philippines differs significantly in the ingredients and the noodles used. It uses glass noodles (sotanghon) in chicken stock with tomato sauce, milk, beans (mung beans or garbanzos), garlic, onions, and corn kernels. It also includes meat ingredients like ham, ground pork (giniling), chicken liver, and chicken gizzards.[8][9]

See also



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  3. ^ Brown, E. (2014). Soup of the Day: 150 Delicious and Comforting Recipes from Our Favorite Restaurants. Running Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-7624-5542-3. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Make Eva Longoria's own Mexican recipes at home!". CBS News. April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Bittman, M. (2011). How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-544-18695-8. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Bechtol, Ron (December 12, 2016). "Searching for Fideo Loco and Its Delicious Variations in SA – Flavor". San Antonio Current. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Urrea, L.A. (2002). Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life. Camino del sol : a latina and latino literary series. University of Arizona Press. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-8165-2270-5. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Midnight Express: Get a taste of Cavite's onde-onde and sopa de fideo". GMA News Online. November 11, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Cordero-Fernando, Gilda (1992). Philippine Food & Life: Luzon. Anvil Pub. p. 86. ISBN 9789712702327.