Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)

Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, stock, and salt to a large pot and put on high heat and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce to a high simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the carrots and reduce to a simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, heat a large pan with a splash of olive oil and saute the onion and celery until softened and starting to brown, then add this to the pot.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pot. I used small White shrimp from a local farm, you can use any type of shrimp or prawn you like. I measured the weight after the head, shell, and tails were removed.
  4. Add the fish to the pot. I used 3 Pangasius (Shark Catfish) fillets, you can use any whitefish you like, Tilapia and Sea Perch (Barramundi) would also work well, keep in mind, boneless and skinless.
  5. Add the bay leaves, Mrs. Dash seasoning, parsley, pepper, and if using the optional Straw mushrooms, just slice those in half lengthwise and add those to the pot as well.
  6. Cook on a high simmer for about 10-15 minutes to cook the mushrooms, important, skim off any foam on the surface to give a clear broth. Taste and season with additional salt if needed, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish (Pangasius) and about 150 Baht for the shrimp. Even though the celery is import, only 2 or 3 stalks are used so that is low cost. For 8 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

Inspired by the recipe Fish and Shrimp Soup (Ukha) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a 2 in 1 recipe, Creamy Soup, and Regular Chicken Soup. Sounds great as I love a good chicken noodle soup. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a 2 in 1 recipe, Creamy Soup, and Regular Chicken Soup. Sounds great as I love a good chicken noodle soup. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the carrots, shred 2 with the largest holes on a box shredder and thinly slice 1, halve that one if large. Now prepare all the rest of the ingredients so everything is ready. For the chicken, just remove the skin if using bone in, do not trim the fat, fat is flavor.
  2. Bring a large pot with the broth, water, and 1/2 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add the thighs, continue to boil for 20 minutes and spoon off any foam from the surface.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add he onion and cook until soft and starting to turn translucent, raise the heat to medium high and the celery and only the shredded carrots and cook for about 6 minutes or so until soft and beginning to brown, stir often.
  4. Remove the thighs from the pot and set aside to cool slightly. Skim off any remaining foam from the chicken then add the cooked celery, onion, and carrots.
  5. Add the dry pasta, the sliced carrot, and the corn to the soup and cook on a low boil to cook the pasta until tender, about 15 minutes. Spoon off any excess oil on the surface if you want a lighter soup, but keep in mind, the fat adds great flavor.
  6. Shred the chicken with forks or just use your hands, discard bones and excess fat. Add the chicken back to the soup.
  7. For the Creamy version of this soup, continue here. For the Regular version of this soup, skip this and follow the last step. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat then whisk in the flour and whisk continuously until just starting to turn brown, about 1 or 2 minutes. Remove 1 cup of broth from the soup and add to the flour butter mixture, whisk until blended and the mixture is smooth, then whisk in the cream until blended and stir this into the soup until mixed in well.
  8. Season the soup with Mrs. Dash Seasoning and salt to taste. A touch of black pepper would work well also. Add the fresh dill and return the soup to a boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat. Serve with bread and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken thighs, 4 thighs are probably less than a kilo, so I will estimate 60 Baht for the chicken. For 8 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Mrs. Dash Seasoning, Heavy Cream.

This recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Mom’s Meatball Soup

Mom's Meatball Soup
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mom's Meatball Soup
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Soup
For the Meatballs
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, potatoes, and salt listed for the soup to a large pot on high heat and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes to soften the potatoes.
  2. Reduce the temp to maintain a medium simmer on the pot, add the carrots and the spaghetti pieces to the pot.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients listed For the Meatballs. Once mixed well, use your hands to roll small meatballs, no need for perfection here, as you make them, add them to the soup. They will cook in the hot water and make the broth for the soup. (I chopped up 3 spring onions and added those as well after the meatballs were added.)
  4. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, your choice of oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and celery, cook until softened then add this to the soup.
  5. Soup is simmering after the onion and celery were added.
  6. While stirring the soup, pour in the lightly beaten egg. Season with the dill, black pepper and Mrs. Dash Seasoning. (I also added the chopped tops of the celery.)
  7. Serve with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork at Tesco will cost about 100 Baht/kilo, another option is to grind your own pork with the medium plate on your grinder, use pork shoulder for this as fat is needed. Pork shoulder is also about 100 Baht/kilo. For 12 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving, very reasonable.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

This recipe for Mom's Meatball Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Potato Ham & Cheese Soup

Potato Ham & Cheese Soup
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Sounds, I like a good potato soup. Very simple ingredients as well, perfect, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Potato Ham & Cheese Soup
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Sounds, I like a good potato soup. Very simple ingredients as well, perfect, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes in a stock pot until desired tenderness then drain off the water reserving 1 cup for later use.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan and cook the onion until soft.
  3. Now add the cooked onion, butter and flour to the stock pot and stir to mix together over low heat. Keep stirring until you get the thickness desired then remove from the heat.
  4. Now mix in the potatoes, milk, the cup of liquid from the potatoes, cheese, and ham to the stock pot stir to mix and simmer over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes stirring from time to time until it thickens.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price the ham yet until I go back to Makro and buy some, reasonable price though. The cheese is costly, so for now I will state this as fair value and will update pricing when I get some ham.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Bak Kuet Teh Soup

Bak Kuet Teh Soup
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This is a Chinese style of soup made with pork ribs and a spice bag, Lobo brand. I made this on 27 June 2017, wonderful flavor, tender ribs, and your kitchen and house will smell wonderful.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Bak Kuet Teh Soup
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This is a Chinese style of soup made with pork ribs and a spice bag, Lobo brand. I made this on 27 June 2017, wonderful flavor, tender ribs, and your kitchen and house will smell wonderful.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This is the spice packet used, Lobo brand. Even the Thais know Lobo is the best brand for soup and spice mixes. Inside of the packet is a cloth bag, that contains the spices, the bag is simply placed in the water and removed before you serve.
  2. Rinse and cut ribs into 1 bone sections.
  3. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a pot, when it is boiling, add the spice bag from the packet to the water and add the ribs. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. If adding radish, when the meat is tender, add the sliced radish and simmer for 15 minutes more. Discard the spice bag.
  4. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

The Lobo brand spice packet for this costs 17 Baht and the pork ribs is about 115 Baht/kilo. For 3 servings, this is about $1.30 per serving.

Variants: Lamb, beef, and ox tail can be used instead of pork. Simply 1/2 cup more water and simmer for 2 hours.

From a recipe on a spice packet.

Cha Lua Soup

Cha Lua Soup
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Asian soups are very easy to make, and most times, no quantities of ingredients is needed, and easily adapted to suit your choice for a soup.
Cha Lua Soup
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Asian soups are very easy to make, and most times, no quantities of ingredients is needed, and easily adapted to suit your choice for a soup.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, fill about 3/4 full with water and add the chicken breasts, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, you are making the broth. Skim any foam from the water as that forms. About 30 minutes for bone in chicken breasts and 15-20 minutes for boneless and skinless. When the chicken is done, remove from the pot, shred and add back to the pot.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, cube the sausage, chop the spring onions and cilantro, and if using crab sticks in place of real crab meat, chop that up as well.
  3. After the chicken is shredded and added back to the broth, add in the sausage, spring onion, crab meat, corn. and quail eggs. Simmer for 10-15 minutes to heat everything through.
  4. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle on some cilantro, and crack in a fresh egg, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: I think egg noodles added to this would be good way to change it up.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Wendy’s Chili

Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic. Drain off most of the fat, not all.
  2. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a large pot, cover, and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. You can also cook this in a slow cooker on Low setting for 3-4 hours.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 6 servings this is about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Tomato Juice, Tomato Puree.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Job’s Tears & Red Bean Soup

Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the beans and put in a pot with water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium and cook for about an hour or to your desired softness. When serving, add honey or sugar to taste if preferred.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Eduard’s Bean Soup

Eduard's Bean Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. This is a straight forward bean soup and would pair perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Eduard's Bean Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. This is a straight forward bean soup and would pair perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. sort and rinse the beans then soak beans overnight, drain and rinse the beans and add to a large pot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the potatoes and carrot. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce to a low simmer and simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and the ham hock is falling apart. In the last hour, add the potatoes and carrot. Remove the ham hock, chop it up and remove the bone, put the meat back into the pot and stir that in, when the potatoes and carrot is tender, serve. Grilled cheese sandwiches would go great with this soup.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Eduard Wijers.
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Khow Suey

Khow Suey
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This is a Burmese dish consisting of curried chicken with coconut milk served over Chinese egg noodles as a soup. I made this on 17 Aug 2017, delicious to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Khow Suey
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This is a Burmese dish consisting of curried chicken with coconut milk served over Chinese egg noodles as a soup. I made this on 17 Aug 2017, delicious to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the oil to a large deep skillet, heat then add the onion and cook until translucent, then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a few more minutes, then mix in the cinnamon and add the bay leaves.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and cook 8-10 minutes or until it changes color, then add the turmeric, coriander, soy sauce, cumin, chili powder, chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the corn starch to half a cup of water, and stir that into the pan and reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened. Then add the coconut milk. and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. While the pan is simmering, boil some water in a pot and cook the egg noodles until tender, and drain.
  5. To serve, add some egg noodles to a bowl, spoon some curry over the top and top with condiments of your choice, such as a hard boiled egg, Bird's Eye chilies, chopped onion, etc.
Recipe Notes

The chicken would cost about 50 Baht/600 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 37 cents per servings.

Variant: In place of the chicken, you can use prawns, fish, pork, or beef.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.