Saturday, September 29, 2007

Soup Talk & ABC Soup

I have not gone missing, in case you are wondering.

Why no post from SoupQueen for such a long time?

Well, I've been busy with clients' work and of course moving office. We just moved to a slightly bigger office space to accommodate our team. Even though it is moving up 2 floors, it seems like we're moving across the island. And we're still in the midst of rearranging furniture and etc.

Anyway, today's post is just a quick update. I haven't been home much of the time hence the lack of soup activity in the kitchen! Oh how I miss my soup!

So like TV, maybe I should recap some of my old soup recipes for some of you who have just been acquainted with me. (You know how TV sometimes cuts and splices different parts of programmes to make one new episode by itself? Well, this is probably similar. )

Let's see... for superquick soups, you can try

Amaranth or Chinese Spinach Soup


Szechuan Vegetable Soup


And of course, there is this perennial favourite called ABC Soup which I have loved because it's fast to cook and great to slurp. And full of a rainbow of vegetables.

How to make this ABC Soup?

Glad you asked!

You will need:

1 medium sized potato, peeled and cubed
2 small tomatoes, washed and sliced
1 big onion, quartered
1 cup of ikan bilis
3 cloves garlic, smashed with skins
1 liter water
1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
salt & sugar to taste



In a pot, bring water to boil.

In a separate pan, heat 1-2 tablespoon of oil. When oil is hot, fry ikan bilis and garlic until ikan bilis is crispy. Add this to the boiling water in the pot.

Put into the pot all the 3 vegetables - the potato, onion and tomato. Bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes.

Next, cover pot and simmer gently for 20 minutes (turn fire down to low).

Once vegetables are soft, add in peppercorn and salt and sugar to taste. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

Finally dish up into bowls and serve hot, on its own or with rice. Makes for a healthy dinner!

Try it and let me know how it goes!
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