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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Asian-Style Mushroom Soup



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've always dreamed of picnics where food is served from vintage hampers and placed on tables perfectly appointed for al fresco dining. I see linen and crystal and glorious food set on plates of white porcelain chosen to highlight the colors of the light, yet sophisticated, fare chosen for the meal. There is a set menu, one beverage is sufficient to the day and shoes are not used, foursquare, as counterweights to prevent aerodynamic displays by the tablecloth. My dream is terribly civilized. My reality is a nightmare. Folks have gone on safari with less gear than it takes to get my crew to the park for a picnic. Cases for hot, cases for cold. Condiments. Food for the allergic and food for the just plain fussy. We pack bags of ice, a thermos of boiling water and a quantity beverages that could stock a small emporium. And we always, always , manage to forget something.

We had a real break in the weather today. The sun came out and stayed for hours. The day was cool but we Oregonians are a hearty lot and can handle that. It was a perfect day for a picnic. So picnic we did. We quickly assembled a group of kindred spirits and headed to the coast for an adult al fresco feast. I was responsible for soup and dessert. I had to throw both together quickly and was limited by the ingredients I had on hand, but I was pleased with the results. I wanted to share the recipe for the soup I made with you today. It is vaguely Asian and really easy to do. If you like egg drop soup, I know you'll love this. Here's the recipe.

Asian-Style Mushroom Soup...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
8 cups of chicken broth
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
3 tablespoons tamari
8 ounces thinly sliced white mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas
4 large eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped scallions or chives

Directions:
Bring chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add fish sauce, tamari and mushrooms. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas and eggs, stirring constantly to break up eggs. Simmer for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallons or chives. Yield: 6 servings.








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73 comments:

  1. This looks yummy....you have a lovely blog...I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that
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  2. This looks like a great complement to so many dishes! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Soup looks healthy and tempting...will give it a try..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

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  4. Mmm, Sounds delicious! I can imagine the whole flavors mixed together-- Would be a wonderful dish to taste :)

    Beautiful as always, Mary.

    Have a great week!

    Aldy.

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  5. that is very sophisticated for a picnic! I want to have that experience as well, on the beach where we got married with waiters serving us! Have a wonderful Tuesday Mary :)

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  6. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your first paragraph - made me giggle. You certainly do have very sophisticated picnics - lovely!
    :-) Mandy

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  7. Feel like finishing that whole bowl,yumm!

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  8. I just love mushrooms in all versions1Your soup looks fantastic!Have a lovely day,dear Mary!

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  9. i want to try the soup, it is new to me It looks delicious, love mushroom.

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  10. I love mushroom soups, but I always make creamy ones, I've never tried Asian-Style Soups. This sounds really delicious! Have a great day Mary and thanks for sharing.
    Cheers

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  11. Sounds like a delicious soup for anytime of the year!

    I'm with you on the dreams of a simple picnic...I can never manage to bring only one kind of beverage!

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  12. I love soup and this looks so healthy and delicious! It is such a comfort food to me.

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  13. I need that soup now! Looks delicious...slurrpppp! :D

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  14. I have been looking for this type of recipe, full of healthy ingredients.
    Rita

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  15. I love Asian. I love mushrooms. Thanks, Mary.

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  16. I like this kind of soup. Super easy to prepare and loaded with flavors. Plus, it's super healthy!

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  17. A nice light soup for the warm weather :)

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  18. Mary......that is a nice mushroom soup. Simple with clear broth and healthy too...yummy :)
    Have a nice day,
    Elin

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  19. It is good that we can continue to dream of those picture perfect picnics :) Your soups sounds very light and refreshing. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  20. I'm with you Mary, the simpler the better :) The soup looks lovely. Why is it no one brings anything this yummy to the picnics I go to? :)

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  21. U'm not a fan of mushroom but it looks so good that i could try it!!

    Kisses,
    rita

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  22. Mary, your blog is always such a joy to visit! This soup sounds delicious with lovely flavors.
    Mary

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  23. Mushroom soup is one of my favorites! This sounds wonderful. So glad you got to have a picnic :) Sounds like they have the potential to be chaotic AND fun!

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  24. I want to come to your next picnic! Your soup looks so delicious.

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  25. I have been wanting to make this kind of soup for a long time! I always look forward to it whenever we go out to a hibachi. It looks so good! Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Hi Mary,

    You're very fortunate you can still eat soup out there. I love simple soups like this. One day, I will share my mom's recipe.BTW, I know exactly what you mean by packing "everything but the kitchen sink" to go out for a picnic.

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  27. My mom used to make us egg drop soup when my sister and I were kids and we really loved it. I know I would love your version, Mary...it looks even more flavorful and I really love the addition of mushrooms!

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  28. Looks fantastic. We love mushrooms and this is such a nice change from the mushroom soup I usually make.

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  29. This soup looks delicious! A great light soup that won't make me feel uncomfortable while sitting and eating outside (unlike cream soups!)

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  30. Oh, this sounds so good! Do you have to go to a specialty shop for the ingredients? I've never heard or seen of them. Maybe I should pay better attention to what's on the shelves. A picnic sounds like a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Lucky you!

    Thank you for your sweet comments! You really made my day!

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  31. Soup on a picnic and not just any soup either! Wow, Mary. You are ambitious. I have fond memories of many picnics but one that isn't in that category is of unpacking a lovely gourmet basket of goodies on a perfect little hilly spot with a beautiful view. Said spot turned out to be an anthill and the picnic didn't last long. LOL

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  32. Yum, I love the Asian flavors in this. Gotta love those breaks in the weather.

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  33. This looks great! I recently took a Thai cooking class and made a soup similar. Fish sauce used to scare me but now I need to buy some and get cooking!

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  34. Mary, thanks for your comment in my blog, it´s a honor that you blog´s award owner write to me that beautiful words and inspire me to go on with my labor to teach people how cook it´s simple and lovely. Thanks again, your blog it´s amazing and teach me how has look a blog of a professional cook. I´m following your recipes, make them a learn. Sorry if my english isn´t write correctly I´m learning it now
    Cristina

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  35. Looks divine. My husband would go crazy for this! I'm going to have to make it. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers!! *Kelly

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  36. Love soup - I bet it has a ton of flavor. Glad you got outside to picnic!

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  37. I love your vision of the perfect picnic. I got close once. Maybe someday I'll get there. I really like the look of a clear mushroom soup.

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  38. I love when a blog post is good timing for me. I have a bag of mushrooms in the fridge which must be used ASAP. This sounds great!

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  39. I'm the biggest fan of mushrooms, so your gorgeous soup looks perfect for me! Have a great day Mary! :)

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  40. Oh looks perfect and oh so satisfying!!! I'd go for a big bowl of that right this second!


    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  41. Yummy! Looks like a great summer soup, light and healthy!

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  42. Now I don't have to wait to go to a posh Thai restaurant to taste some of their great soups

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  43. Lovely soup! I would add some noodles to it to make it as dinner!

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  44. A picnic with you sounds like so much fun! And this soup! Delicious!

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  45. This sounds like a perfect thing to have. Loving the flavours in this soup!

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  46. I love the concept of your dream picnic...and the reality that you shared. This is a lovely sounding soup, and as it is made with kitchen basics, an ideal recipe to hang on to.

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  47. This sounds and looks like a very comforting soup...I love all the ingredients used in the soup :).

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  48. Yum! This recipe sounds so healthy and delicious. Looks like you had quite the gourmet picnic. :)

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  49. What a delicious start for a dinner party! You always have something wonderful to share, thanks, Chris

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  50. ooooh, i love those delicious mushrooms in the flavorful broth. how yummy! i hope you had a great and delicious weekend!

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  51. Dear Mary~ I've got a favor to ask...I would like to invite you over for a visit to see a very special post I've written. I would love it if you could take a few moments to stop by.
    Thank you sweet friend,
    Sara

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  52. i think this is my fav blog so far.. this soup looks great, i will try it! thank you so much,

    have a nice day,
    Lucy :)

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  53. This looks yummy! I love egg drop soup, and frequently throw some fresh baby spinach or Parmesan in. I'm late commenting because this morning we heard a dreadful boom that scared us to death, then all the power went out. Glad it's back on now!

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  54. Delicious soup, I will try this one vegetable stock. i am fan of mushroom.

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  55. This looks very different to any other mushroom soup that I have eaten... it looks beautiful!

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  56. My mouth watered when I saw the mushroom soup. I LOVE soups.

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  57. Even though it was 98 degrees here today, I would still love a bowl of this delicious looking soup! Your recipes always look that delectable!
    We love both mushrooms and egg drop soup in our house so I know this would be a hit!

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  58. Proof that simple is best.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  59. That sounds like a seriously delicious mushroom soup!! I love the combo of flavors in there.

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  60. What gorgeous flavors! I love soup & this recipe is going into my bookmarked folder... Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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  61. Though I'm an Asian, but I have not try to cook Asian-style mushroom soup, LOL.

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  62. I am paying the love forward and awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award and if you like, you can pay it forward too. http://wp.me/pT5Tj-VO
    :-) Mandy

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  63. Hi Mary! This soup looks wonderful. I've been drinking soup lately since I got sick, but I'd love to try this clear and savory soup as well!

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  64. A picnic sounds wonderful. So glad you had a break in the weather. This soup looks really good and perfect to put into a thermos.

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  65. Maky, I am unable to comment on your Nigerian food site, and I wanted you to know how interesting I found all that I found there, so I'll do it here instead. I "liked" you on Facebook. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  66. I like it clear and not creamy. And good for you health too!
    Kristy

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  67. I am QUEEN of the always forgetting somethings!

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