Sunday, April 6, 2008

Asparagus and Crab Meat Soup

This recipe came from Denise Harker. Don't let the name fool you. She is from Vietnam and an excellent cook of all foods. From the Mrs. Ivy 4th grade cookbook that I edited. (Soup măng cua) a Vietnamese dish

4 cups chicken broth
3 tsp of nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
6 shallots - chopped
2 garlic cloves - chopped
8 ounces lump crab meat -
picked over and drained
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot - mixed with 2 tbsp cold water
1 egg - lightly beaten
15 oz white asparagus spears
1 tbsp shredded coriander
1 scallion - thinly sliced Cut into 1 inch sections with canning liquid reserved

Combine broth, 1 tablespoon of the fish sauce, sugar and salt in a 3 quart soup pot. Bring to a boil . Reduce the heat and simmer. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the shallots and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant . Add the crab meat, the remaining 2 teaspoons fish sauce and black pepper to taste. Stir fry over high heat for about 1 minute then set aside Bring the soup to a boil . Add the cornstarch mixture and stir gently until the soup thickens and is clear.

While the soup is boiling, add the egg and stir gently, continue to stir for about 1 minute. Add the crab meat mixture and asparagus with its canning liquid and cook gently until heated through. Transfer the soup to a heated tureen . Sprinkle on the coriander, scallion and freshly ground black pepper.
Makes about 4 to 6 servings

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