Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup)

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Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born. It’s also know to cure hangovers.

Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born. It's also know to cure hangovers.

In Colombia, Changua is served for breakfast with bread either in the soup or on the side. It’s also known to help with a hangover, so I thought it would be great to share for the New Year just in case you had one champagne too many.

Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born.

My Mom always made me this delicious soup when I didn’t feel well. It’s so simple, made with just a few ingredients – milk, scallions, cilantro and egg. Of course, it’s not just for breakfast, it can be served anytime of the day. Hope you enjoy.

Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born.Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born.Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born.

Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born. It's also know to cure hangovers.
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Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup)

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6
4
SP
180 Cals 14 Protein 11.5 Carbs 8.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Soup
CUISINE: Colombian
Changua (Colombian Milk and Egg Soup) is a typical breakfast in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia where my mom was born.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish (stems and leaves)
  • 3 medium scallions, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • crusty toasted bread, optional for serving

Instructions

  • Place the milk and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add the scallions, salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and carefullu add the eggs, without breaking the yolks.
  • Poach the eggs for 3 minutes or longer if you like it cooked well in the center; add the cilantro.
  • To serve, gently place an egg in four shallow bowls, then ladle in the soup, about 1 1/2 cups each. Serve warm with toasted bread on the side and garnish with more fresh cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups soup, Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 8.5g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 201mg, Sodium: 181.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 9.5g
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 4
Keywords: changua, colombian recipes, Colombian Soup, hangover recipe

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27 comments

  1. Growing up in Kentucky we ate this when we were feeling under the weather. We called it Milk Toast. 

  2. I recently married a man from Bogota and have been incoporating Colombian dishes into my cooking routine. I made this from this recipe without changing a thing, and we both loved it, he said it was perfect. It was also a fun thing to cook (hunting for poached eggs in the milk haha). There was plenty of leftover liquid, which I put in the fridge and we re-heated and poached new eggs the next day. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. My mom used to make poached eggs in milk over toast with butter often while I was growing up. It was a breakfast she and my dad grew up eating on the farm since these were all ingredients they almost always had on hand. My family now thinks I am strange for liking it, but for me it is a comfort food that reminds me of my childhood and my parents who have both passed. Thank you for helping me see I’m not as strange as my family thinks I am sometimes!

  4. Hi. Does the neutrino information in this recipe include the egg or is it just for the soup? Thank you!

  5. I am so excited about this recipe.  My mom was also from Bogota and she made this for breakfast almost every weekend.  It is one of my favorites.  I never learned to make it and she passed away a month ago.  Thank you so much for adding this recipe to your site.  Now an arepa recipe and I would be a happy camper.  I want to make them lighter.  My mom’s version has a lot of butter and cheese.  Thank you so much.  This recipe made my day!!

  6. Hi there!
    I really would like to try this soup but I feel it’s too much liquid. Is it correct 3 cups milk and 3 cups water? Thank you.

  7. Thanks for sharing! I love unusual dishes. Never heard of this soup before. Feels very special to learn something like this from an authentic source. Happy New Year!

  8. My mother also made poached eggs in milk, my favorite breakfast. Seasonings were just butter salt and pepper and served over toast in a soup bowl. The milk was pored over the bread with the egg on top of the toast.

  9. I will surprise my husband with this breakfast! He is from Colombia and talks about this often. 

  10. Hi Gina! Have you or any other readers tried the recipe with soy milk or unflavored almond milk? Curious as to whether the texture would be different?

    Lactose intolerant here. Haven’t had much milk over the last gazillion years, but my medical provider insists I at least try an alternative. This recipe interests me enough to want to try it.

  11. This looks great. Are you going to do a top posts of 2019 post? I love seeing those, and last year I don’t think you did one. It would be so wonderful to see the top recipes of 2019 – especially the ones that you like best in your family!

  12. As a Bogotana I can attest to the healing powers of the changua! haha…It’s delicious and so simple. If you want to have it the traditional way…eat it with an arepa instead of bread. So good!

  13. I was introduced to Changua when I married a Colombian. I really don’t tolerate milk, so my father in law always makes me a special bowl with just water. He adds very finely minced garlic as well as a bit of chopped white cheese. Yummmmm

  14. I can’t believe you’re Colombian!! I’m from Medellin.
    I got your air fryer recipe book for Christmas and I can’t wait to start making all of these delicious recipes!

  15. This sounds good, I’ll be saving it for Saturday mornings 🤣 Happy New Year, Gina! Looking forward to another yummy year, and thank you!

  16. I have never heard of this. Its very interesting and I will defintely try. I am hoping it will work with almond milk. Happy New Year!