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Thai Red Curry Pumpkin Soup

Posted on 20 Jun, 2022
Thai Red Curry Pumpkin Soup

1. Blitz lemongrass, garlic and shallots in a food processor until fine (or bash into a paste using a mortar and pestle).

2. Heat oil in a large pot. Add in lemongrass, garlic and shallot paste and fry off until fragrant. Add in red curry paste and continue to fry off (about 3-5mins). Be careful not to burn this paste.

3. Add pumpkin pieces and stir to coat.

4. Add water/stock and vegetable stock powder. Stir to mix through and bring to the boil.

5. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20minutes or until pumpkin is cooked through (very soft). The smaller/thinner your pumpkin pieces, the faster they will cook.

6. Remove the pot off the stove. Use a stick blender (or blender) to puree the contents of the pot until you arrive at a thick, smooth liquid soup.

7. Return the pot to the stove and add in coconut milk. Stir to mix through completely. Taste and season if necessary.

You can garnish your soup with a dollop of coconut milk, a few pieces of roasted pumpkin (optional) and fresh coriander. I served this soup with lots of crusty sourdough on the side.

Tagged Soup, curry

Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup

Posted on 01 Dec, 2020
Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Serves: 4

1. Soak dried fungus in hot water and mung bean thread in warm water for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain them.  Cut dried black fungus and mung bean thread into small pieces.

2. Finely chop garlic and the white part of the shallots. Slice green part of shallots and coriander for garnish set aside.

3. Cut off the two ends of bitter melon and discard. Cut bittermelon into 5-6cm thick slices and use a small spoon to remove seeds.

4. Chop the pork bones into small pieces. Bring a pot to boil. Add a large pinch of salt. Add the pork soft bone and cook for about 5 minutes to remove all the impurities (this will keep the stock clear). Rinse the bones under cold running water until water runs clear and then drain it.            

5. Marinate the bones with 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, pepper and 1/2 tsp white part of shallots and 1/2 tsp garlic for at least 30 minutes.

6. (Meat Filling) In a large bowl, add pork mince, fish paste, eschalots, 1/2 the garlic and white part of shallots, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 pepper, 1/2 tbsp fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp sugar, black fungus  and vermicilli together. Mix well with your hand (this will make the mixture become chewy and have greaat texture). Marinate for 30 minutes.

7. Use a small spoon to stuff the filling into each bitter melon ring. Any left over filling can be rounded into small meat balls.

8. In a medium pot on high heat, add oil and remaining garlic and white part of shallots and fry until fragrant. Add the marinated pork soft bone and stir evenly. Cook for about 1-2 minutes then add water into the pot. Bring to boil and place the stuffed bitter melon and meat balls in. Add remaining raw sugar, fish sauce, salt, pork seasoning powder then cover pot with a lid, simmer on medium low for about 45 minutes or until the stuffed bitter melon are tender.

9. Place soup into a bowl and sprinkle the top with shallots, coriander and some pepper.

10. Serve with rice and main dish.

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Soup

Posted on 01 Dec, 2020
Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4

1. Finely chop garlic and shallots. Peel taro stem. Cut pineapple, okra, taro stem in diagonally intosimilar sized batons. Slice tomato into quartered pieces. Roughly cut herbs for garnish.

2. In a medium pan, add 2 tbsp oil, bring to heat, add 1 tsp of garlic, eschalot until fragrant. Add the fish and cook each side for 2 minutes. Then leave aside.

3. In a medium pot, add 2 tbsp oil. Once hot, add garlic and stir fry in a pot until it turns golden brown. Scoop out the garlic and set aside in a small bowl for garnish. Add 1/2 the amount of tomato in the pot, and stir fry until very tender. Slowly add in chicken stock or water and bring it to a boil.

4. Reduce heat to medium. Add in the remaining 1/2 of tomatoes, pineapple, okra, and cook for 3 minutes until almost soft.

5. Add in basa fillets. Season to taste with tamarind, sugar, fish sauce. Simmer until Basa is cooked through for 3 minutes. 

6. Add in bean sprout, taro stem and cook for another minute then remove from heat. 

7. Serving method: Put veggies first and then place the fish, herb, chilli and fried garlic.

8. Serve with steamed rice.