Hotdog and Corned Beef Sopas is a version of the Filipino creamy pasta soup dish prepared with pantry and freezer staples like corned beef and hotdogs.
Filipino dishes like most developing countries are mainly prepared out of necessity rather than choice, I am saying that as a majority and not all hence the common day to day dishes are so tasty so it can be with a cheaper side like rice to feed many people. This explains why adobo is very salty, sinigang is soupy and sour and barbecues are too sweet, they are meant to be consumed with lots of rice to balance out the flavour. Back home the sauce alone of these dishes can feed many people. We prepare daily dishes as cheaply as possible, hence in impoverished areas, a can of sardines that is typically consumed by one person can feed a family of six, just cook it with vegetables or in a noodle soup. If there is meat on the dish, 250 grams of meat is heavily accompanied with potatoes, carrots and other cheap ingredients since meat is quite expensive compared to vegetables which also can be grown on home gardens. With the advent of canned goods, things got more affordable, where sometimes fresh meat is excluded and exchanged for these cheaper alternatives hence you see luncheon meat, corned beef and cold cuts like hotdogs used for day to day cooking.
Our recipe today is nothing different, traditionally chicken, beef or pork is used in this dish but today we will be using inexpensive pantry and freezer staples like corned beef and hotdogs. Sopas alone is inexpensive and can feed many due to its soupy consistency where we pour it in rice. The pasta and vegetables acts like a viand and the meat is just there to flavour the whole dish. If we omit the meat and opt out for these canned goods, then this becomes even affordable for the masses. This does not mean that it is not as good as the ones with real meat, in fact the corned beef gives so much flavour, it definitely is better in taste.