have you ever had this nagging feeling of what to cook whenever a festive season is around the corner? what mood do i want to create? i want it to be different but not too overwhelming for my guests....who am i inviting? what is the occasion? are they adults or children? big eaters or mousy eaters? well there is room for everyone... read on.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Nose Clearing Soup

Stuffed nose? Need to unclog? Here's an unorthodox remedy for relieving stuffy nose. Some find 'wasabi' a Japanese horseradish an instant relieve but I know of a soup that might just do the same. I don't know what this fish is called but in Cantonese is called 'Chei Yee Chai', I have it in the photo below, go figure... if you happen to know the name please tell me. This fish has a lot of scales and the smaller the size of the fish, the sweeter to soup.
5-6 fish, wash and gut but leave the scales on because we only want the sweetness of the fish in the soup. Add 3 lemongrass (bruised), 3 large red chilis (slit), 2 bird-eye chilis (slit) and a little fish sauce, a drop of dark soya sauce, pepper and light soya sauce to taste. Boil all the ingredients in a pot of filtered water (except the fish) until the chilis are soft and the lemongrass turns colour, then add the fish and continue to boil for 30 minutes or until the soup is tasty. Drink hot!


  • hi audrey, i bloghopped from seadragon's site. i must say yours is really nice and makes me hungry with all that yummy food. you must a really good cook! i'm an avid baker & foodie myself. do check out my blog if u hv the time.

    keep the yummilicious food coming!

  • Thanks for hopping by Evan, u hv a great blog yourself ...interesting background music too.

  • hmmm - this is interesting...how does it taste? is it fishy? i'm imagining it to taste a little like tom yam or sour fish soup?

  • Hi dian! imagine drinking very hot lemongrass fish soup. when it is drank hot, it's not fishy. If u like it with more uumph a dash of fish sauce will do the trick.


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