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Sour Soup

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 chicken thigh and drumstick
1 lean pork chop
2 tablespoons dried shrimp
1 onion, sliced
1 cup roselle leaves
fish sauce and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook chicken and pork in 1 litre (2 pints) water with salt to taste. Cool and shred into small pieces. In the same liquid simmer the shrimp, onion and roselle leaves for 10 minutes. Add fish sauce and pepper to taste, return chicken and pork and serve hot.

Korean Sweet Potato Noodles

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Food & Recipes

These noodles are sold in quite large packets, each packet holding 3 hanks of noodles, each one held by a paper band. This makes it convenient to cook noodles sufficient for 6 people by using one of the hanks. This is a simple version of japchae.

Ingredients

Chicken and Galangal Soup

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1 roasting chicken
10 slices fresh, frozen, dried or brined galangal
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
4 coriander plants with roots
12 black peppercorns, pounded
2 stems lemon grass, thinly sliced
4 fresh green chillies
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
6 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves
1 tablespoon fish sauce
lime juice to taste

Directions

Mulligatawny

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Food & Recipes

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Lentil and Vegetable Soup (Sambhar)

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Pigeon peas (arhar dhal, toor dhal) is the preferred legume for this sour and spicy soup, but split peas or red lentils may be substituted.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Szechwan Hot and Sour Soup

Food & Recipes

Having strong stock on hand is a great time-saver. Freeze it in meal-sized portions.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Shark's Fin And Crab Meat Soup

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

prepared shark's fin
250 g/8 oz fresh or frozen crab meat
1 leek, shredded
8 slices fresh root ginger
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons light soy sauce
60 ml/2 fl oz/1/4 cup Chinese wine
2 teaspoons sugar
salt to taste
2 1/2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
3 tablespoons finely shredded Yunnan ham
or double smoked ham

Directions

Shanghai Egg Pouch Soup

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6-.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz bean thread vermicelli
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
half a Chinese cabbage (wong nga bak)
2 litres/4 pints/8 cups chicken stock

Egg pouches
125 g/4 oz minced (ground) pork
1 spring onion (scallion), finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornflour (cornstarch)
3 eggs
pinch of salt

Directions

Niban Dashi (Secondary Dashi)

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups cold water
kelp and bonito reserved from Ichiban Dashi recipe
extra 3 tablespoons dried bonito flakes

Directions

Put water into a saucepan with reserved kelp and bonito and bring slowly to the boil. Lower heat and simmer uncovered about 20 minutes. Add the extra bonito flakes and immediately remove pan from heat. When flakes have settled, pour through a muslin-lined sieve. This stock is not as delicate as primary dashi.

Miso Soup

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

5 cups dashi
2 tablespoons aka miso (red bean paste)
4 cubes tofu (bean curd)
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced diagonally
2 sliced mushrooms

Directions

Bring dashi to the boil, then mix some of the hot liquid with the bean paste in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour mixture back into saucepan, stir well, add bean curd and spring onions and return to the boil. Simmer for a few seconds only.