Soup? Gumbo? Stew? Asopao probably falls somewhere among all three. It's one of those heartwarming foods that make weary travelers think of home, or the hungry Puerto Rican remember his or her mom. Chefs in Puerto Rico pride themselves on their asopao recipes, and many local restaurants will have it on the menu. It's also a typical dish served on New Year's Day, long after the stroke of midnight when your body needs a boost of energy after hours of revelry.
Asopao can be made with chicken, pork, beef, seafood, vegetables, or any combination of the above. A popular low-budget version of the dish is asopao de gandules.