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Friday, November 7, 2008

Sup măng tây tôm hùm

recently there was a sale at the farmer's market for lobster. $7.99/lb! so i went for it and bought 3. mind you, i've never really cooked seafood before, much less something as daunting as lobster. the main challenge was what to do with it. i thought 3 lobsters was going to be more than enough to play with but alas... not so. i was hoping to make a salad of it, a soup and possibly enjoying it just dipped in butter. i settled for the latter two.

living with me, i don't require much. i do the cleaning, take out the garbage, i get control of the remote and the only things i expect in return: rent paid on time and taste tester. crystal was home sunday and she asked if she could help in the kitchen. after a quick run to the asian market, we set to boiling the lobster. i took care of two and she took one. you'd never think she was a med student who's assisted in surgeries before. you'd never believe that the girl who explained in painful detail some back surgery she worked on, for 10 hours on her feet, would be FREAKED at the prospect of putting a live lobster in the pot. but i held firm on my stance, she had to do it. she promptly dropped the lobster on the floor and let out the most blood curdling scream ev.er. we both jumped back. i started laughing so hard. i know this practice of cooking lobster is so ... mean and PETA will be banging down my door now but ... she was just so terrified. i quickly leaned down and scooped it up and plopped it in the pot. then i made her clean the floor. i didn't see her in the kitchen again til dinner time.



i called grandma up for her recipe for sup măng tây cua, asparagus crab soup. i also told her i was going to use lobster instead. i received an earful on the cost of lobster ($7.99/lb is still too expensive for her) and how my house was going to stink now.

Grandma's Sup Măng Tây Cua
adapted from Grandma, i used lobster meat rather than crab

the recipe is generalized, she didn't give me exact measurements

chicken broth (i actually made stock out of the lobster shell)
cornstarch
egg
crab meat (or lobster meat)
can of asparagus spears
(i added a can of baby corn, that's how crystal's mom makes it)
fish sauce and pepper for taste

heat up the chicken broth, to lazy simmer. add in the meat (whichever you're using). put in a heaping tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken the broth. add in fish sauce for taste. about 10 minutes before serving, put in the asparagus spears, which are halved. they're already soft, you don't want to mush them. allow to heat thru. in a bowl, break open the egg and with a fork mix it up. grandma says to add pepper to the egg, to get rid of some odor? i did what she said. then with one hand, stir the soup fast and with the other hand slowly drizzle the egg into the soup, making ribbons.



this soup was much easier than i thought i would be. i added about half a pot of water to the lobster shells and let it all get merry. strained it and had myself some stock. that's what i used. it turned out well. i thought crystal was going to have another freak attack, but this time out of excitement. feeding her is hilarious.

next time i'll use crabmeat. but i do like this soup a lot.

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Today's soundtrack: The Cure, Treasure

this song is so dramatic! :)

"Remember me and smile.../For it's better to forget/Than to remember me/And cry..."


6 comments:

  1. AH! I'm with Crystal. I don't think I could do it. You have to tell me: did the lobster make noises or anything in the pot? I read a story a few years ago about something along those lines and it was the kind of thing that sticks with you.

    Nonetheless, way to attempt something so normally daunting! You are such a daring cook!

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  2. Sup Măng YUM - bravo dare devil cook!

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  3. shannalee --
    the lobster did not make noise... i don't think so anyway. then again, crystal was slightly whimpering and laughing too hard for me to hear anything else. :)

    thanks buu and monica!

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  4. shannalee --
    the lobster did not make noise... i don't think so anyway. then again, crystal was slightly whimpering and laughing too hard for me to hear anything else. :)

    thanks buu and monica!

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  5. Sup Măng YUM - bravo dare devil cook!

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