About this recipe: This Filipino chicken noodle soup recipe is exotic and full of flavour, yet easy to make. Use cellophane noodles (bean thread noodles) or bihon (thin rice noodles) in this dish. Both are equally delicious.
Annatto, or achiote, seeds don't have loads of flavour, but do give a rich red-orange hue to dishes. You can find whole or ground seeds in Caribbean markets. In a pinch, you can omit the seeds from this dish and still get fabulous results.
Great recipe. A bit time consuming because of making the shredded chicken but so delicious I've made it a few times now (and I'm very picky about recipes when they take over 45 minutes to make). Achiote powder was hard to find. You might look for it under Annatto seed instead if you can't find it (it's a bright red powder). This flavor is what really makes this dish, in my opinion. - 29 Mar 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I used oyster ear mushrooms and turmeric (it was all I had) and added shredded cabbage to the boil (for the fiber ). I dipped a warm hard roll in it, added a light salad and some iced tea. More than a meal. I thought it was an excellent recipe and far better even than I expected. - 26 Mar 2012 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This had a wonderful flavor. I couldnt find achiote powder so i used achiote paste and it didnt desolve well, but it was still very tasty. I think next time ill add a bit more broth because i like it a little more soupy. Im half filipino so this was a comforting and nostalgic dish. - 26 Jan 2012 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)