Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thai Tomato & Crab Soup

We went to Charlestown "Hollywood Casino" the other night with a few friends.

7-7-7-7 and a disco ball ... Do you know what that means?

It means $210 on the Super Jackpot Party slot machine!!! 
It also meant expensive fresh lump crab meat for this recipe from Bon Appétit that I've been drooling over -- guilt free.

And ... it meant an extra $100 dollars toward our vacation fund! We are thinking a Western Caribbean cruise. We don't have tons of money, but have been putting some aside so that we can go somewhere when the weather gets too cold. 

 ... life is short and we work really hard.  It's a crime not to enjoy it. You have to eat lump crab meat in soup sometimes and take vacations to places where the water is turquoise. 

Even if you don't hit 7-7-7-7 and a disco ball. 

This soup is amazing hot or cold. Whatever you do, don't skimp on the crab meat. I've never made  tomato soup from scratch before and it was easier than I thought. The Thai influence (I love coconut milk) made it light but still extremely flavorful.

Shopping List
(from Bon Appétit) 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
5 scallions, thinly sliced 
1 1/2 stalks lemongrass, peeled, trimmed, thinly sliced 
1 Fresno or Thai chile, seeded, minced 
2 1/2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes, chopped (about 3 cups) 
2 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 
1/2 cup coconut milk 
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice 
1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam) 
1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice 
Kosher salt 
1/2 pound fresh lump crabmeat 
3/4 cup pea tendrils or shoots, trimmed 
6 snow peas, trimmed, thinly sliced on diagonal

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add scallions, lemongrass, and chile and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until softened, 5-6 minutes. Stir in chicken stock, coconut milk, orange juice, and fish sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Working in batches, purée soup in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute per batch. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice. Season to taste with salt and more lime juice, if desired. Chill, if desired. Or ladle hot soup into wide shallow bowls. Garnish with crabmeat, pea tendrils, and snow peas.
    (I learned how to trim lemon grass for the first time making this soup. Pranee's instructions on this video were super helpful.)


    1. Oh lucky you with the cruise;)I see you started preparing fancy dishes :)

    2. I do fancy food too! Hot dog Fridays will always have a place in my heart though :)

    3. Wow, this soup looks really good and I think it's fun when you can eat a soup hot or cold and it still tastes good.

      Nice post

    4. Congratulations! Your soup looks delicious! I would have to make it without the crab...but that's okay!

    5. I'll bet crab goes great with tomato soup. Especially with a little bite to it.

    6. We just caught 4 crab this weekend, but um...we already ate them. I guess we will have to go catch some more! This sounds delicious! Anything with coconut milk is at the top of my "must eat" list.

    7. Yes, I am glad that you are splurging with the winnings instead of paying bills or putting it in the bank!
      You picked a great recipe for soup here. Love the thai flavors with crab-yum!

    8. Heeeeeey! You know what's in the Western Caribbean? Cayman :) There's LOADS of good food here! Maybe not as good as this Thai soup...but pretty close. Buzzed

    9. What a hearty soup! Love it!
      Congratulations on the win! :)

    10. You are so right, we should always try to enjoy life. I am sure there was extreme enjoyment in eating this soup. Zesty and spicy yet so fresh. wonderful!

    11. Love how you spent your casino winnings. This recipe looks amazing!

    12. Hi Michelle! Thanks for the comment on my blog and now I'm here for the first time. First of all, YAY for the win! It's nice you get to keep some money away for the vacation - Carribean! Nice! This Thai flavored soup looks delicious. SF is chilly today (while the rest of US is humid and hot) and this soup sounds so nice....

    13. Congrats!!! Caribbean cruises are so fun! The soup looks smooth and delicious!

    14. Congratulations on making Food Buzz's Top 9!

    15. I saw this recipe in my issue and it sounded so great. Thanks for your post. I am in love with Thai flavors so I am sure I would love this.

    16. I love Thai soups. This one looks delicious. Congratulations on making Top9 on Foodbuzz!

    17. Don't know if it's just me but the link to the lemon grass instructions won't work. I'm assuming she just used the tender inner part of the stalk but even that is quite fibrous - did it really break down enough in the blender process?

    18. Congrats on the WIN!! And that soup looks incredible...the color alone is enough for me to want to dig in! :)

      Congrats on Top 9!!

    19. That's weird RWCfoodie... the link works for me. Here it is again

      That's a very good question. If your lemon grass is fresh enough it should break down really well and be very soft by the time you serve it. Mine was a little tough though still -- and I didn't like the texture in my smooth soup -- so I ran it through a strainer once.

    20. Congrats on the win. We were also thinking about a Caribbean cruise sometimes early next year. The soup sounds great, love the color.
      Congrats on top 9!

    21. Ooh, major love on this soup! I'm so excited! Congrats on your winnings!


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