Snack House Soup – Hong Kong Meets Vietnam
Hong Kong meets Vietnam in this snack house inspired soup that you can do at home with a couple tomatoes and a few leftovers. This is easy home cooking and you’ll be delightfully surprised at how flavourful this quick broth is.
For the soup broth, you will need:
- 2 medium, ripe tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 chili pepper, minced
- 500 ml chicken stock
Start with a deep skillet on medium heat with a little olive oil and add the tomatoes, a clove of minced garlic, a minced shallot and a minced chili pepper. Let that cook for a few minutes while the tomato breaks down then add the sugar and fish sauce. Continue to cook until the tomato is completely broken down and becomes a sauce.
Now at this point, you can serve this sauce on pretty much anything, but let’s keep going. Today I’m making a soup, so I will add the chicken stock and just stir to combine.
Give it a taste and adjust with salt til you get it the way you like it. You probably won’t need much additional salt since you have the fish sauce. I didn’t.
For the rest of this soup, that’s where your creativity comes in. I have some instant ramen noodles here, but you can use whatever noodles you have handy. If you want an authentic Hong Kong snack house experience, use elbow macaroni.
Other toppings you can use:
- leftover steak or pork chops
- roasted chicken
- cold cuts
- tofu or tempeh
- cooked spinach, peas and carrots, green beans
- eggs (fried, poached, boiled, omelette)
Have fun with this recipe, make it yours and have fun in the kitchen!