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Aromatic Black Pepper & Crab Soup with Bee Hoon

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Too many bookmarked recipes, too little time. I am currently slowly going through my list of bookmarked recipes and figured most of them are desserts! Yes, I have a sweet tooth and I crave for sweets after every single meal including breakfast...and yes, there will be more dessert posts coming up, so stay tuned =) sweets aside, I came across this recipe while browsing through my long list of recipes - I happened to have most of the ingredients! If you happen to have most of the ingredients, this is actually a perfect weekday meal as it's really simple and very delicious.

I don't think this is qualifies as a Vietnamese soup as the original recipe stated - I totally ignored the fresh herbs such as mint, coriander and basil that were supposed to be added. This soup is tasty enough with all the wonderful aromatic ingredients, but I am sure the fresh herbs will further enhanced the flavours. Another bookmarked recipe checked =)


vietnamese crab soup


Ingredients: serves 3
Adapted from Tom Kime's recipe from Market Kitchen
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 5 small shallots - finely sliced
  • 2 stems lemongrass - tough outer leaves removed, finely sliced
  • 5 slices ginger
  • 2 red chillies - seeds removed, finely sliced
  • 25g coriander - finely chopped
  • 1.5L fish stock (low sodium)
  • 2 tbs tamarind concentrate
  • 2 1/2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs Lemongrass and Ginger Cordial (Bottlegreen brand)
  • 1/2 tbs freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans (170g each) crabmeat in brine
  • Noodles (your choice) - I used bee hoon which is rice vermicelli


Directions:
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pot.
  • Saute garlic, shallots, lemongrass and ginger until fragrant.
  • Add, red chillies and coriander, cook for about 2 mins.
  • Add fish stock, bring to boil.
  • Cover pot, lower heat to simmer for about 10 mins.
  • Mix in tamarind concentrate, fish sauce, cordial and black pepper.
  • Gently simmer for about 2 mins.
  • Remove from heat, add crabmeat together with the brine and allow to warm up in the residual heat of the soup.
I am sending this to Ruth who is hosting the #125 edition of Presto Pasta Nights.


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34 oink oinks...:

mycookinghut said...

I am totally with you on 'too little time' bit!!
This dish is to die for! By the way, talking about crabs, do you know where to get fresh ones? I am craving for crab claws!!

Angie's Recipes said...

This is something I would love to eat every day...easy, homey and tasty!

Angie's Recipes

Pam said...

This soup is calling my name - it looks wonderful. Great photo!

KennyT said...

I agree with Angie!

The Duo Dishes said...

Crab is one of the best seafoods to toss in a soup...well, in our humble opinion. Sounds great.

noble pig said...

How beautiful and delicious is this...with the crab...oh my stars.

Jenn said...

Mmm...crab soup. Sounds very delicious right now.

I agree on the bookmarked recipes. So many to choose from so little time. No matter how much I try to make a dent, if just keeps growing and growing. LOL.

Hummingbird Appetite said...

That looks so good! I take note of recipes I want to try, too. It's a neverending list.

Bits of Taste said...

Wow! I love any noodles or Bee Hoon soup! Your recipe looks so tempting!

burpandslurp said...

Most of the bee hoons I've tried ends up tasting really bland. But this sounds really flavorful with the tamarind concentrate!

Leela said...

I never would have thought of putting crab and bee hoon together in the same bowl, but this looks so good.

noobcook said...

wow, this looks wonderful! The soup must be full of flavours! :)

Rachel said...

My bookmarked folder is overflowing too and this recipe is sure a keeper...

Elra said...

Love this bee hun with crab. Hmm, delicious!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks perfect on a rainy lunch..

katiek@ kitchensidecar said...

now I want to bookmark it!

jesus, earthy and warm. just how i like it.

nyonya pendek melaka said...

a delicious looking bowl of bee hoon soup indeed! with crab meat & lemongrass...must be super!

Cooking-Gallery said...

The recipes sounds nice! I also like to eat soups a lot.

5 Star Foodie said...

I can just smell the wonderful aroma of this delicious looking soup! Yum!

Grace said...

so...i'll go ahead and say that i don't like crab, although admittedly, i haven't tried it again for a few years. regardless, this looks and sounds like an extremely tasty soup, so perhaps it's time to try again.

Christina Kim said...

yum!! i could have a bowl right about now...

Cathy said...

A delicious looking soup. Love all the flavors and addition of crab meat. I imagine that the aroma is wonderful.

Sandie said...

"Too many bookmarked recipes, too little time," you just summarized the story of my (adult) life.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

Yummy, I like this recipe a lot, have to "bookmark" this : )
I have having a detox week so have to at least wait until next week :) Can i use prawn to replace crab meat as I have difficulties to find descent ones here in Switzerland.

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

I love the complex flavors in your soup. The tamarind, lemongrass and finally I love CRAB. So delicious

pigpigscorner said...

leemei: Have you been to the Seewoo in Greenwich? I saw a lot of fishes, lobsters swimming in the tanks! You might want to give that place a try.

Janet: Detox week?? What have you been eating then? It's quite hard to find fresh crab meat here as well, that's why I used the cans ones..hehe...I am sure this goes well with any seafood!

lisaiscooking said...

This soup sounds fantastic! Great flavors, and I love all these ingredients.

Ben said...

It would take me at least one life time to go through all the recipes I've bookmarked in the past two years (not counting the ones I will continue to bookmark) oh so little time like you say :D

But at least I can look at these delicious dishes online and imagine their aromas and flavors... Hmm that soup looks amazing!

Ruth said...

Looks and sounds fantastic. THanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

mycookinghut said...

No! I have not been to See Woo in Greenwich.. need to find out how to get there! Thanks for your info :)

Teanna said...

WOW! Such an impressive dish and SUCH A gorgeous photo! You have a fantastic site!

S said...

The soup looks absolutely divine....Cant wait to try this out

Big Boys Oven said...

Do tyou know that you can get huge crabs, HUGE crabs in UK!

Vrinda said...

Crab soup looks so tempting..

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