Tell the Family⁠—We Hacked Mann Hann’s Classic Hototai Soup

September 19, 2019

Mann Hann is one of those restaurants that everyone grew up eating in. The 23-year-old franchise is a Filipino favorite for their sharing-style Chinese menu. Apart from the indispensable Yang Chow Fried Rice and Cereal Prawns, their Hototai Soup is a regular sight on every table. We’ll guess you skipped out on it when you were younger, but now that you’re an adult—with a capacity for cooking and more sophisticated taste buds—we challenge you to make it at home.

Be careful, it’s hot-otai!

Just like the restaurant’s version, our hack has a full-bodied flavor. And we now know that that’s because of the hearty combo of breaded pork, squid, and pork bone soup. It’s delicious, and we can’t explain it, but it sort of tastes like something your grandmother would make. It has a sense of homey-ness to it, but maybe that’s just the nostalgia attached to the dish. Don’t make the rookie mistake of eating too much. It’s quite filling, so unless you’re only eating this for your meal, enjoy in moderation.

Mann Hann Hototai Soup

  • Serves: 4-6 people
  • Active time: 45 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy


Breaded Pork

  • 200g pork loin, sliced
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 package pork bone soup base
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup Napa cabbage, sliced
  • 100g squid, cut into squares
  • 1 cup squid balls, halved
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. spring onion, chopped


  1. Place flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place beaten egg in a separate bowl/plate.
  3. Take slices of pork and coat in flour, then coat fully in egg, and cover in flour again until well coated.
  4. Set aside pieces of breaded pork on a tray.
  5. Place water in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  6. Once water is beginning to simmer, add soup base and stir until well dissolved.
  7. Add broccoli and cabbage to the soup and cook until vegetables are almost tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  8. Add the breaded pork piece by piece, stirring to prevent the pieces from sticking together.
  9. Cook for 5 more minutes then add the squid and squid balls, then let boil until the squid, pork, and squid balls are fully cooked through.
  10. While stirring the soup, add in the eggs and stir continuously to incorporate.
  11. Remove soup from the heat and add spring onions before serving.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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