I'm from the USA and have lived in Panama now for about 3 months. I have had sancocho several times, some good, some not so good. Panamanian-Canadian angel's recipe is delicious! I didn't have broth so used water and added otoe as well. Very tasty and heart-warming soup. :)
We've never had Sancocho before, so can't rate it based on authenticity. But this soup was fantastic! Considering how common the ingredients were (other than the yucca) we thought we might have to kick it up a bit. But we were so wrong!!! From the moment the chicken went into the pot to sweat, the aroma was incredible. And once it was in the bowl... YUM! DH couldn't stop saying how good it was. The only bit of excitement came when I dropped a piece of the raw yucca on the floor (it is SO hard to slice!) and our Rotty nabbed it and ran out the door with it. All of a sudden it flashed in my mind that raw yucca is toxic. I finished up putting the yucca in the pot with the chicken and went to google the subject - and found out that yucca needs to be cooked without the toxic root, which is the part down the middle of the yucca. And it was already in the pot!!! Needless to say, we didn't waste it and took our chances. I'm happy to report that we're all three still alive and kicking... LOL! But the center of the root was fibrous and next time I'll prep the yucca correctly (and keep the dog outside!). Thanks for posting this marvelous recipe! Made for Spring PAC 2013.
Los padres de mi novio hacen esta sopa y ellos son de PanamÃ¡. Esta receta es perfecta y aÃºtentica!-----My boyfriend's parents make this soup and they are from Panama. This recipe is perfect and authentic! The only difference is that this doesn't have the corn on the cob which I think is a great element to the soup. Otherwise, perfectisimo!