Sancocho Valluno comes from the Valle del Cauca department and is usually prepared with free-range hens; you normally find eggs from the hen in the sancocho when it is served. You can prepare it with chicken; just remove it from the soup earlier as the hen is tougher to cook and is left in the pot the whole time. This dish is cooked over log fires at farms and restaurants on the outskirts of the large cities of the Valle, giving it a defined smoky taste and aroma that we usually drive hours to savor.
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