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There is a worm in my soup

19 Nov

If it had not been for my Chinese flatmate, I would have never discovered the brilliance of the Chinese Caterpillar Fungus. It is basically a fungus that  feeds and grows inside a caterpillar, till the host dies and is mummified.What has that got to do with food? Well, for one, it makes it extremely healthy and its also supposed to be an aphrodisiac. Imagine that.

So my flatmate used it recently in a soup that he made called Ton Chun Xya Chao i.e. Winter Worm Summer Grass soup.

The worm and the soup.

Here are the ingredients for the soup:

300gms Boneless chicken, cut in inch-long square pieces

1 tbsp  Korean Gensing  Soup Powder

1 Spring Onion, chopped

1 lt water

Salt to taste

(if you can’t get hold of a Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, do not fret. Most of us on this side of the Universe can’t. Just stay away from too much fat and salt, and you’ll stay healthy anyway.)

How to make it:

Really easy. Put all these ingredients on slow boil for atleast, ATLEAST 4 to 5 hours. Done. Seriously.

Read more about the Chinese Caterpillar Fungus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterpillar_fungus


Super Bryan makes Pork Papaya Soup for the Party

2 Nov

Super Bryan, my flatmate, recently made this soup for 6 of his friends.

Its a Chinese preparation and is called Phai ku twa mu qua, translated: pork ribs boiled papaya.

It’s got an interesting taste, and while its relatively easy to make, you have got to be in it for the long haul (because this blessed thing takes at least 3 hours to turn out).

What does it taste like? In the words of Super Bryan, “A little sweet, and mainly just very very good.” I suggest you Go For It.

So. Here’s what you have to do if making it for six people. Just do the math if its four or two.

What you need:

Pork Ribs  1 kg

Ginger paste 2-3 tbsp

Spring Onions 2, chopped

Water 4 ltrs

Salt 6 tbsp

Small sized Papaya 2, chopped


Super Bryan's super cutting skills

What to do:

On a high flame, bring the water to boil and add the pork ribs, ginger, spring onions and salt. Let it boil till the pork cooks.

Lower the heat to medium and add the Papaya.

Boil for AT LEAST 2 hours. More, if you want the taste to improve. Add more salt later if required. Done!