Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Because winter is bloody cold in Beijing the Beijingers are devout to their hot-pots.

You crowd into a relatively small restaurant (ours was somewhere off the East third ring practically opposite the Renaissance Capital hotel), sit rather close to a lot of people (we came on GroupOn discount night so you can imagine how crowded it was) light up a cigarette and huddle close to the steaming pot with it’s little lump of burning cinders glowing below and sparks of lit ashes puffing up out of the little chimney and into your soup.

The broth tasted like chicken and had various ‘things’ floating about in it. We were also served a little dish of sesame sauce to dip our food into after cooking it in the hot-pot and drank tea.

I was told that hot-pot must have lamb in it and this is it (just above) cut so finely it looks like parma ham.

We also had some veg to dip in, the above are mushrooms, and some large rice noodles. It would be very humiliating for me to say how many of these slippery noodles I dropped in the hot-pot to be fished out much, much later by more expert chopsticksmen than myself.

The next day, in one of the more touristy hutongs we spotted these brass hot pots for sale. Shame it was a flying visit or I’d have taken one home very gladly!


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My mother in law delighted us with one of her delicious Vietnamese specialities the day before we set off to the UK. Once quoted to have said about my own parents ‘they give me chocolate biscuits and I like them for that’, the amazing offerings my mother-in-law brings me are at the root of the utterly frictionless relationship I have with my  in-laws.

I’m not a bad person really, just easily coaxed with food.

Looks like a tomatoey broth with some basil floating about, but is bursting with flavour. A light dashing of chilli and lime make it absolutely mouth-watering.

All we had to do was prepare the noodles and truth be told we often use very thin pasta instead of regular noodles and it works just fine.

Pouring out a bowl of goodness…

Like many Vietnamese dishes the warmth of the broth is set off by the crispy and fresh addition of soy on top.  So get slurping!

And for those looking for Vietnamese soup ideas I’ve found the perfect website with instructions to recreate your own little patch of VN http://www.vietnamese-recipes.com/vietnamese-recipes/soups/



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