Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Inf's Storm Chicken Soup

Inf's Storm Chicken Soup
Inf's Storm Chicken Soup,
originally uploaded by Teemu Arina.
What is better on a frosty winter night other than some spicy chicken soup thai style? This is one kick ass chicken soup I made to wake myself up, I tell you. So if you feel a bit drowsy after the holidays, get your wokpan and prepare yourself for a delicious ride.

Inf's Storm Chicken Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 litre rich chicken broth
1 decilitre coconut milk

250 grams chicken

1 carrot
1 habanero or 3 thai chili
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 decilitre bamboo shoots
5 leaves of chinese cabbage

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon yellow thai curry
1 teaspoon chili powder or red thai curry
1 teaspoon cayanne pepper
1 teaspoon crushed green or black pepper

½ teaspoon monosodium glutamate (optional)
½ cup minced parsley

Note:
If you can't afford to make your own rich chicken broth a canned one is also acceptable but remember, the soup base is the most important one.

Warning:
Handle your habanero chili with care. That evil stuff really has some potent. Use gloves or limit your bathroom trips (really, I know).

  1. Mince carrot, habanero chili, garlic and ginger.
  2. Chop your chicken into small pieces, not bigger than your finger tips.
  3. Heat the oil in a wokpan and add garlic, habanero chili, ginger and chicken.
  4. Cook, stirring, over high heat about 2 minutes. Add the bamboo shoots and carrot. Cook briefly, stirring while preparing the next step.
  5. Heat the chicken broth, dark soy sauce and coconut milk separately. When it is simmering add to wokpan.
  6. Add yellow thai curry, cayanne pepper, red thai curry (or chili powder) and crushed pepper.
  7. Let your cooking simmer for 15 minutes. In the middle, add leaves of chinese cabbage.
  8. Add monosodium glutamate or some other stuff to thicken your soup if you want. Bring down the heat and add minced parsley for garnish.
  9. Serve with fresh bread and citron flavoured sparkling water on ice, preferably just after escaping the snow storm. Finish with sake.
  10. Start being productive.

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