Thursday, July 12, 2007

A HEARTY SOUP!

I love soup especially those double-boiled for several hours and that is usually how I will make mine whenever I have a few hours to spare at home during weekends. Depriving of those long-hour soup, I sometimes compromised by making express boiled soup which requires no more than an hour. One night, couple of months ago, I was craving for soup and so I ransacked my fridge for ingredients and guess what I found?

Salted Veggies (Ham Choy) and Tomatoes
A bottle of sour plum

For the soup base, lightly fry the ikan bilis with ginger and garlic till golden brown. Pour in about 3 bowls of water and let it simmer on low fire for about 45 minutes. While waiting, soaked the salted veggie and squeeze all the water out. Continue soaking it for about 10 minutess and then slice it thinly. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into wedges. I ran out of soft beancurd, otherwise it would taste lovely in this soup.
Do not add salt into the soup cos both the sour plum and ham choy are very salty. I usually put in 1 piece of the sour plum (mashed it a bit) and the salted veggie to simmer and then adjust the saltiness level accordingly. When it's almost done, put in the tomatoes as well. If you prefer the tomatoes to be softer, simmer it longer.

Tada! A nice pot of Sourish Salted Veggie soup ready to be savored. Mmmm....delicious!

23 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yeah the tofu would have done this wonders la..wasted wasted..hmm i can smell the aroma d..

Pink Elle said...

That looks absolutely delicious! I used to make mine with soft tofu and thin slices of meat too. But now cannot drink it anymore...the last one gave me gastric cos of the sourness and saltiness :P

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Hey, I think I'd love this soup...salty and sour...yum yum!

Precious Pea said...

NJoe: No tofu stocked in my fridge, but soup still nevertheless taste very good!

pink elle: Errmmm...perhaps you should not make it too sour? Well..not sour also not nice huh?

luscious sista: You never try this before??? In fact, wmw had this at the claypot place yesterday.

~Christine~Leng said...

soups are gooood..! esp..with anchovies and tomatoes.. Hmmm.. :)

Tummythoz said...

I luv this!
Never with ikan bilis though. Usually with bones & I'll throw in carrots to munch.

Precious Pea said...

christine: Oh yes....lots and lots of tomatoes.

tummythoz: No bones in freezer and also it take time to defroze. Oh ya hor..carrot also nice, maybe add in onions and celery and potatoes. Wahh...that would be a nice meal!

xiulongbao said...

I once used the ham choy to boil soup but too impatient, boiled for 15 mins only and one bite into the ham choy...waa...salty like hell!

Jian said...

oohhh I just had hot and sour mee...lolz...similar to urs but its sour and spicy! Gosh...they also add in button mushroom and fish slices. I like this sour sour soup.

New Kid on the Blog said...

aii,.. this is used to be my favourate soup.. you can actually use pork ribs instead of ikan bilis. taste good too.

Jun said...

one of my fav soups, this is wat i make on my student budget too! ;p

Neko Hime said...

Ah... comfort food!! Tastes good with rice. i could just drink bowls of this.

wmw said...

Eh, next time I don't need to order this soup from outside ;O), can get from you.

Argus Lou said...

Looks like very appetizing soup, Precious. Sour, hot and salty - best for a cold rainy evening!
(Hey, I love dogs too. In fact, my blog was started as a memoriam to my late resident chief of security, but it has now evolved to baking, cooking, travel, wild birds, plants and other bits and pieces.)

tigerfish said...

Wah...I would imagine a duckee in it will make it tastier but the way I see the "color" of the soup, I think this is as good :D

The Cooking Ninja said...

oohh...salted vegetable soup...yummy.

Precious Pea said...

xlb: Aiyooo...it needs to be soaked for a while to get rid of the salt and the greenish smell.

jian: Yours is the szechuan style issit? I like hot and sour soup...with lots of bamboo shoots and wood fungus. Mmm...so appetising.

nkotb: I usually use pork ribs or chicken frames for soup..but this one express soup, so ikan bilis would be the fastest alternative, next to ikan bilis cubes..hehehe.

jun: Hahaha...same here!

neko hime: I was thinking, maybe put meehoon or tanghoon also nice.

wmw: But mine not as nice as what you had that night.

argus: Oh yes, especially during winter. Too bad I was sweating mad when drinking this soup. So sorry to hear about your dog.

tigerfish: Yumzzz....can imagine it too. But I tried once with salted fish head....super sedap!!! But a bit tricky cos have to make sure salted veggie fully soaked till tasteless otherwise....drinking salt water.

cooking ninja: :)

babe_kl said...

*salivating* may i have a bowl please???

evonne said...

hihi, 1st time left comment here. I just liek to browse through all the yummy yummy food blog.

My favourite soup too. I did add few fishball or "fu chok" in it.

And i had learn something from you that is add a sour plum to make it more tasty.

Precious Pea said...

babe: Can can can.

evonne: Welcome welcome! Even porkballs will be nice in the soup. Sour plum actually enhance the taste. I learnt it from one restaurant near my place.

jason said...

It looked like potato-tomato soup!
Guess that I'm the odd here... I don't like ham choy :(

Jian said...

lolz...no lar...if szechuan it wud be red red liao. Its slightly milkish colour broth thats sour and spicy. I cant detect any chilli at all! Nevertheless, I licked the bowl clean ;)

ka..t said...

Is this brand of sour plum sour or salty? I have been looking for sour ones to steam fish and pork ribs with, but the ones I've found are just salty, not sour at all.

 

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