Sopas ala Pobre

Sopas ala Pobre is a Filipino soup dish made with Bulalo Broth, Misua noodles, turmeric and moringa leaves.

Poor man style soup, that’s what the name Sopas ala Pobre means, why? Because in Philippines all of the ingredients of this dish are either free or very cheap.  Beef leg bones is one of the cheapest beef cuts, as well as the misua noodles where it can be bought “tingi” style in Sari Sari stores and is also very cheap, then malunggay which you can pick on your backyard or your neighbours.  But don’t let the affordability fool you, this thing is as tasty as bulalo, if not better.  In fact it is nearly a close cousin to the bulalo, basically a cross between that dish and misua.

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Sopas ala Pobre

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 45 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Sopas ala Pobre is a Filipino soup dish made with Bulalo Broth, Misua noodles, turmeric and moringa leaves.


  • 2 kg meaty beef leg bones, ask your butcher to cut them in small sections
  • 150 g misua noodles
  • 1 cup malunggay leaves
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • water
  • 1/2 thumb size fresh turmeric, sliced (optional)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • fish sauce
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. In a pot add oil then sauté garlic, onions and turmeric
  2. Add beef bones and salt then pour beef broth, top up with water until bones are covered. Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 1/2 hours in low heat.
  3. Add misua and malunggay leaves, season with fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper, then simmer for 10 more minutes.
  4. Serve and enjoy.


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