Cream of Carrot Soup
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock to large pot and add the carrots, bring to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. When the carrots are good and tender, use an immersion blender to blend up the carrots, or as I will do, use a potato masher for a good work out 😉
  3. Then stir in the cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the cheese and simmer to melt in the cheese.
  4. When the cheese is melted in fully, serve and garnish with fresh grated or shredded Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Original recipe, and photo, provided courtesy of good friend, Mary Weinberger. Original recipe is here.
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Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho (Phở)
Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Broth
For Serving
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel the onions and cut into quarters from top to root, and peel the ginger and cut into quarters lengthwise.
  2. Using a gas stove, use tongs to hold the onion and ginger pieces over high flame to char the pieces, do this until all the pieces have charred spots on them. If no gas stove, place on a baking sheet directly under the broiler for a few minutes to start them to char. Rinse under running water to remove any loose or overly charred bits. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, you are going to dry roast some items, add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and coriander seeds and turn on the heat to medium low and toast them for 1-2 minutes and they will become very aromatic, stir them to preventing burning.
  4. When the items in the pot are toasted and aromatic, add the broth, charred onion and ginger, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Bring this to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. While the broth is simmering, place the beef in the freezer for 15 minutes, this is to firm it up in order to be sliced thinly. When the beef is firm but not frozen through, remove the beef to a cutting board and using a very sharp knife, slice across the grain, so take the steak and cut into several pieces, then turn each piece on its side, then thinly slice, goal is slices 1/4 inch thick or less, try and keep them uniform in thickness to they are cooked evenly. When all the beef is sliced, cover and place in the fridge.
  6. In another pot, fill about halfway with water and bring to a boil, then drop in the noodles and cook to the package instructions, 1 to 4 minutes depending on the width. When tender, remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss the noodles with just a spoon or so of a neutral tasting cooking oil to keep from sticking together.
  7. When the broth is ready at 30 minutes, a little longer does not hurt 😉 place a strainer on another pot, pour the broth through the strainer, discard the contents of the strainer, place the broth back on the heat on a low simmer, you still need to keep the broth very hot in order to cook the beef, but not boiling.
  8. Prepare the topping by putting the spring onion, lime wedges, chili slices, bean sprouts, and herbs of your choice into individual bowls and placing in the center of the serving table.
  9. Divide the noodles between serving bowls, top with slices of beef in a single layer to ensure even cooking.
  10. Ladle the piping hot broth over the noodles, pouring evenly over the beef, this will cook the beef.
  11. Let people add their own toppings as they choose, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get a good cut of beef. For now I will say fair cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Lentil & Potato Stew
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Lentil & Potato Stew
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Sounds good, I have not had lentils yet, so I need to change this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot with the oil, then add the onion cook until softened, the add the potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes to just brown them.
  2. Add the garlic and rosemary until fragrant then the salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika and stir to combine the flavors for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Add the vinegar and water and stir, bring to a boil and add the lentils and reduce to a simmer, simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrot is tender and the lentils are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the honey, mustard, thyme, and greens. When the greens are wilted and hot, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can find dried lentils here, for now I will say low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For Seasonings
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can go with a whole chicken (in Asia, remove the head and feet first), in the US, remove the giblet pack, save those for a snack later. Now you can boil the chicken whole, or you can cut it into the standard pieces or I will just go with two breasts and two quarters (separated), no need for the wings or back.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, onion, lemongrass, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, carefully lower in the chicken, using pieces would be much easier than a whole chicken. Return to a gentle boil and cook the chicken through (you are making the broth). Chicken cooking on the left, quail eggs cooking on the right.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, open and drain the drain the eggs if using canned, or hard boil them if using fresh, shortcut for hard boiled is Recipe Notes. Prep the pork balls by simply slicing each in half. And then measure out the dry macaroni.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, carefully remove the chicken and the lemongrass bundle from the pot. Then add the dry macaroni and let that cook.
  6. While the macaroni is cooking, use two forks and shred the chicken, removing skin, bones, and any gristle, good snack for your dog 😉
  7. When the macaroni is tender, add the chicken, eggs, pork balls, spring onion, and cilantro to the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire to taste. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I gather up all the ingredients. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variants: 1. Use 1-2 Cornish game hens in place of chicken. 2. Omit the eggs or the pork balls, or both.

Recipe inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Wontons
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Wontons
  1. Combine the Wonton ingredients, except the wrappers and water in a mixing bowl until fully mixed.
  2. For the wrappers, there is two ways to do this, the simple, and the fancy. First thing, add some water to a small dish and keep near you, this is for sealing the wontons.
  3. For the simple way, place a wrapper on your palm, one corner towards you and the opposite corner pointed away from you. Place some pork filing in the center of the wrapper, 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon, you will get the feel for this as you make them. Now dip a finger into the water and wet the two edges that are farthest from you, then take the corner nearest you and fold over away from you to the opposite corner, to make a triangle, and use your fingers to seal the two edges. (I will have photos soon to show this). Set the wonton on a sheet of parchment paper. This completes the simple method, repeat until all the filling is used in each wrapper. OR, read the next step for the fancy method.
  4. For the fancy method, once you have the triangle shape, and the two edges sealed, take the two opposite corners and fold over each other and seal those. (I will have photos to show this soon as well). Set the wonton on parchment paper and repeat until all the filling is used in the wrappers.
For the Soup
  1. Add all of the Soup ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, lets the flavors blend. Remove the ginger and garlic.
  2. Bring back to a boil, then lower in the wontons, and cook for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with spring onion.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Dumpling Egg Soup II
Dumpling Egg Soup II
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the broth to a small sauce pan and add the potato and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the potatoes are almost fork tender, 8-10 minutes or so.
  2. Just when the potatoes are almost fork tender, add the eggs and Vietnamese sausage. Let this simmer for another 5-10 minutes or so to finish cooking the potatoes and to heat the eggs and sausage through. Vietnamese sausage is already cooked when you buy it, here you just need to heat it through.
  3. For the dumplings or wontons, you can do this two ways. You can pan fry them first then add to the broth, or for raw wontons, you can just add to the broth when you add the eggs and let them cook that way.
  4. When the potato is tender, season with salt and white pepper to taste and stir in some chopped coriander.
  5. Ladle into bowls with plenty of broth, sprinkle some of the coriander on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs, Vegetable Wontons.

Inspired by the original recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Corn Soup with Quail Eggs
Corn Soup with Quail Eggs
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This is a Filipino soup, and it sounds delicious, and quick to prepare dish. This is from a good friend is very authentic. This can be a breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Corn Soup with Quail Eggs
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This is a Filipino soup, and it sounds delicious, and quick to prepare dish. This is from a good friend is very authentic. This can be a breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium size pot, add the water and broth and bring to a boil then add the creamed corn, stir, and allow to come to a boil again then reduce to a simmer and cover, stir often and cook for 15 minutes. Add water as needed.
  2. Add the spring onion and season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour in the cornstarch and water mix (slurry) and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Crack in the chicken egg and stir, some people like it clumpy, some like it less clumpy like egg drop soup, your preference. Add the quail eggs, cover, turn off the heat and leave on the burner. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir and then transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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Dumpling Egg Soup I
Dumpling Egg Soup I
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I got this from a friend, who had an Asian friend make this soup for him, and as my friend calls it, 'comfort soup, right up there with chicken noodle soup'. My friend never kept the recipe and just goes by how he remembers it, and it not only looks great, it tastes great! This is a simple to prepare soup with plenty of nutrients. I will be making several versions of this easy and delicious soup. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Dumpling Egg Soup I
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I got this from a friend, who had an Asian friend make this soup for him, and as my friend calls it, 'comfort soup, right up there with chicken noodle soup'. My friend never kept the recipe and just goes by how he remembers it, and it not only looks great, it tastes great! This is a simple to prepare soup with plenty of nutrients. I will be making several versions of this easy and delicious soup. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Add the broth to a small sauce pan and add the potato and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the potato pieces are almost fork tender, 8-10 minutes or so.
  2. Just when the potatoes are almost fork tender, add the eggs. Let this simmer for another 5-10 minutes or so to finish cooking the potatoes and to heat the eggs through.
  3. For the dumplings or wontons, you can do this two ways. You can pan fry the dumplings first then add to the broth, or for raw wontons, you can just add to the broth when you add the eggs and let them cook that way. (And I totally forgot to add the wontons that I made just 2 hours before.)
  4. When the potato is tender, season with salt as desired, scoop the potato, eggs, and dumplings or wontons into a bowl, ladle over plenty of broth, top with 1 or 2 chopped spring onion.
  5. Serve with a spring onion or two on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Vegetable Wontons.

Recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

DIY Chowder
DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
For Fat - pick 1 item to use
For Vegetables - pick 1 or more items to use, some are required
For Stock - pick 1 item to use
For Cream - pick 1 item to use
For Seafood - pick 1 or more items to use
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Some good combinations:

    If using whitefish, mushroom or vegetable stock works well, plus onion, carrot, daikon, spring onion, and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    If using clams or oyster meat, with the juice they come in, chicken or vegetable stock work well, plus onion, carrot, and potatoes. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    For a seafood type chowder, go with a mushroom or vegetable stock, and a little of each seafood listed, plus onion, carrot, potato or daikon. and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.
  2. Let's get started. In a medium size pot, heat the bacon fat or butter, when hot, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown up.
  3. Add the stock of your choice, the carrot, and 1-3 vegetables of your choice and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. As that is simmering add the fish or seafood of your choice, then add the evaporated milk or cream and milk, season with salt and pepper as desired. If using mushrooms add those as well.
  4. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes to cook the seafood through and the carrot, and potatoes or daikon are tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This can be low cost up to high cost depending on what seafood you use.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
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