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:

Aarthi said...

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Miri Leigh said...

This looks like a great complement to so many dishes! Thanks for sharing :)

Sunanda said...

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

Sunanda's Kitchen

Al Dente Gourmet said...

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.

tandysinclair.com said...

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 :)

thecompletecookbook said...

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

Priya said...

Feel like finishing that whole bowl,yumm!

Lenia said...

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

Raquel.Erecipe said...

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

Mamatkamal said...

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

Lucie said...

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!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

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

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

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

Clint said...

Wonderful!

Rita said...

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

StephenC said...

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

Pegasuslegend said...

looks delicious love the photo great shot!

The Blonde Duck said...

If only Ben wasn't allergic!

Kim said...

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

penny aka jeroxie said...

A nice light soup for the warm weather :)

briarrose said...

Lovely, delicate soup.

Elin said...

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

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

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.

Jenn said...

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? :)

Ana Rita said...

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

Kisses,
rita

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

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

Parsley Sage said...

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!

Karen Harris said...

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

Cooking Creation said...

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 :)

Joe Ambrosino said...

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.

Faith said...

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!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

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

yummychunklet said...

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

The White Farmhouse said...

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!

June said...

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

Anna A. said...

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

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen said...

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!

La Sopa de Tomate said...

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

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Beautiful soup!

SomethingDifferentForDinner said...

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

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

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

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

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.

PeggyR said...

This looks very yummy.

Katrina (Betty Ray) said...

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!

Ola said...

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

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

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

Lucy said...

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

Maky | Nigerian Food Recipes said...

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.

Food Glorious Food! said...

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

Joanne said...

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

Maria said...

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

Tasha said...

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.

Cooking Gallery said...

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

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

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

The Café Sucré Farine said...

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

teresa said...

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

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

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

Lucy Lu said...

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 :)

Ginny said...

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!

Swathi said...

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

Hazel said...

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

Self Sagacity said...

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

Ryan said...

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!

Velva said...

Proof that simple is best.

Cheers.
Velva

Kate@Diethood said...

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

The Harried Cook said...

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

Little Inbox said...

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

thecompletecookbook said...

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:-) Mandy

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

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!

Elaine said...

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.

Mary said...

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

My Little Space said...

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

That Girl said...

I am QUEEN of the always forgetting somethings!

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