Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Fish Paste Soup
Of late, I have been getting a little lazy trying to think of what to cook for dinner. Must be all the baking and cupcake decorations that I have really been indulging in. Cooking dinners seemed less exciting :).
Anyway, for me, simplicity is always to the key. Must be these lazy bones of mine. Dinner normally consists of 2 dishes or 3 and where possible a soup... to make the rice go down easier in case the dishes don't turn out too good. A relatively simple soup that I like to do is a fish paste soup. And the best part of it is that the soup appears to be quite oil free. Fish, unlike chicken or pork, does not really expel oil (even if it did, it would be relatively less), hence it gives one the feeling that it is a more healthy soup.
This simple soup only needs some fish paste from the market. I got about RM4 from the auntie selling fish at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. Marinade it with some soya sauce, sesame oil, some salt and pepper and a dash of pepper. Leave it aside for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, chop up some chinese parsley to be added into the fish paste. I do not want to add more than that into the fish paste as I wanted it to be simple.
Boil some stock using dried anchovies (ikan bilis) and when the water is boiling, dunk in the fish paste. Make little balls with a spoon before you plonk them in. Cut up some lettuce or any of your preferred greens into the soup. When the soup starts to boil, give it a little taste. Add some salt if the soup is too bland. Serve with hot steaming rice on a rainy day like today would be nice :)