Winters setting in… Cloudy Chicken soup with Thai flavours..
The weather here in Glasgow has begun to be a mix of dry cloudy days, sun shining in glimpses, followed by some drizzle for a while & then it gets cold at nightfall.. with the cold wind blowing on & off you sure want to warm yourself up.. !! Sometimes there are still nights too.. with the eerie silence! Guess what??? I stay very close to the “Necropolis”. Scary aye? What do such days/nights call for?? For those who thought of a bowl of steaming soup which leaves you with a nice warm feeling, you thought right..!!! Why the hell do I ask such questions?? The title of this post & the pictures are a giveaway to the answer anyways..!
A friend had mentioned to me that I had not posted recipe’s of soup with chicken.. I pondered for a minute & then it dawned on me that wow that’s true.. how could I have missed posting some.. because I do make soups with chicken. My latest conquest when I went to the grocers this time was a bottle of Sriracha sauce..
Conquest because K calls me “Crime Master Gogo”. If any of you have watched the hilarious Bollywood movie called “Andaaz Apna Apna” you would get the context. For those who have not… Gogo is a character from the movie who is the villain & he has a statement which he uses often in the movie.. “Aaya hoon toh kuch leke jaaonga”.. which translates to ” I’ll make sure I steal/snatch something since I’m here !!!” According to K, I’m always scanning to buy stuff…& I have traits of Gogo.. Since, I just cannot leave a store without buying something, ..! Whenever I tell him I was loitering about in the city centre, his immediate question would be.. “So, what did you buy?” & sadly there have been only a couple of instances when I replied back with a nothing..!
Sriracha is a hot chilli sauce of Thai origin.. Try a bit of this sauce you would not realise it is hot.. only when it trickles down your throat will you get to know that it is actually hot… it also has a hints of sweetness to it.. & some garlic too.. so to summarise it’s a sauce which leaves you with an awesome after taste. If you’re a fan of such sauces then, You will also love this sauce as a dip with some spring rolls for sure… Soon, you would see me posting some more recipes using this wonderful sauce.. :)
Ingredients: (Serves 4) Preparation Time: 10 -15 mins
Minced chicken – 100 gms
Ginger – a small piece, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Green Chilli’s – 2 medium-sized, finely chopped
Water – 1 litre
White Rice Vinegar – 1.5 tsp
Light soy sauce – 1 tsp
Hoisen Sauce – 1/2 tsp
Sriracha Chilli sauce – 1 tsp
Chicken Stock cubes – 2 cubes
Thai Basil – 1/4 tsp, dried
Egg – 1, beaten
Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp, freshly squeezed
Kafir Lime leaves – 2 small, roughly torn
Coriander leaves – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Heat about a litre of water. When the water begins to bubble, throw in the stock cubes, lower heat. Mix till the cubes dissolve. Add the green chilli’s, ginger & garlic. In a minute add the vinegar & soy sauce along with the Sriracha sauce. Mix well.
You will begin to smell the heavenly spicy flavours.. :) Add the minced chicken pieces. Mix. Now go ahead & add the Kaffir Lime leaves & the Thai Basil. Let the chicken cook & absorb all the flavours. You don’t need to add any additional salt. But do have a check & adjust if required.
When the chicken is cooked, turn off the heat, add the eaten egg & mix as you add to form strands. Next add the lemon juice, mix.
Note: For the Vegetarian option, substitute minced chicken with mushrooms or some bamboo shoots.. :)
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot on a cold winters day… :) or when your under the weather.. this one will cheer you up for sure. I sure felt warm & loved after this soup.. :) Chicken soup for the winter… :)
- Sriracha Hot Sauce (notuptodate.wordpress.com)
- Hoy Fong’s Sriracha Hot Sauce: How It Earned a Place Beside Ketchup and Mustard (thediplomat.com)
- Ginger Chicken (casuallycookingwithbinu.wordpress.com)
- Organic Sriracha Chick Peas (1lovejourney.wordpress.com)
- Shrimps with Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce (theculinaryjourneymadesimple.wordpress.com)
- Chilli ghobi recipe (whatscookingwithsijy.wordpress.com)