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Corn and Crab Soup Recipe Recipe

Corn and Crab Soup Recipe

03.27.13 by Jackie

This crab soup , simply called súp cua in Vietnamese, was my attempt to finish the leftover crab from last night's dinner. We bought six crabs for the two people who actually eat seafood in our house, so there was a fair amount unfinished. I prepared cua rang me (Vietnamese tamarind crab) and that's basically all we ate with a little salad on the side. We were so full by the end of the meal that we could not finish the dish. It was our Mount Everest and we didn't conquer it!  

I didn't want to waste the delicious crab, so I cracked the rest and gathered the crab meat. I had chicken stock in the freezer and I thickened it with a little corn starch. I added frozen corn and green onions to the soup and the result was just as I expected: mildly sweet, velvety and wonderfully soothing. Simply perfect!


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Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup Recipe Recipe

My husband Lulu's has always fond memories of his childhood friend, Scott. He's told me about Scott's mom's delicious matzo ball soup. Back then in the days, Lulu wasn't a vegetarian but now he asked me to come up with a vegetarian version. I attempted it today for the first time and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

I kept the dish fairly simple; I made a vegetable broth and boiled the matzo balls for 30 minutes in salt water. Way back when I was a kid in France, I remember my friend Emma's grandmother would say her secret for making the matzo balls extra fluffy was to store them. I use a similar trick in my madeleine recipe and it's worked well in both cases.


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Tet Celebrations: Canh Hoanh Thanh (Wonton Soup Recipe) Recipe

This week marks the beginning of the Tết celebrations. A tradition of Tết is that you eat vegetarian (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of Asian New Year, so I decided this week I will be sharing several vegetarian Vietnamese dishes with you until the celebration commences this weekend.

I haven't made wonton soup (canh hoành thánh in Vietnamese) in a while, which is a shame because it's not all that complicated. The filling consists of carrots, tofu, chestnuts, green onions, wood ear mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms. I also made a simple broth to let the flavorful vegetarian dumplings be the shining stars.


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Kiem Recipe (Vietnamese Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup) Recipe

This year, the Asian New Year celebration (called Tết in Vietnamese) will happen during the first week of February, according to the Lunar calendar. I've mentioned in the past that, traditionally, you're required to eat vegetarian food (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and the first day of New Year.

Today, I'm sharing a vegan dish called kiểm that's a staple during the celebration. The dish is a sweet, savory soup made of pumpkin, bananas, coconut milk, mung beans, lotus seeds, wood ear mushrooms, sweet potatoes, ginger, tofu and raw peanuts. This is not a very common dish and it's only made for the celebration. If you know its origin, please let me know in the feedback section.

The winner of this week's giveaway is Amanda O. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy using my first cookbook about gourmet potato dishes as much I did developing the recipes!


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Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Soup Recipe Recipe

After my husband Lulu got sick (a nasty cold, then bronchitis), I got sick too. Now both of us are well again, but the rest of the family, not so much. They all spent the weekend in bed with watery eyes and a tissue box by their side. It was not a happy sight.

I find a nice hot bowl of soup to be one of the few comforts when I’m not feeling well, so I made a big pot with with Japanese white sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and leftover chicken and flavored it with ginger, onions and turmeric. It got me thinking that this soup would be perfect as a starter on Thanksgiving, or the day after using Thanksgiving leftover yams, Brussels sprouts and turkey.  Enjoy! 


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