Carrot Top Soup

07. April 2009 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
The last bunch of carrots I bought from the market came with very fresh tops. Usually, they’re too wet and limp from over-spritzing, but this time I couldn’t just chop and throw them away. I remember a time when I was growing up in Manila and cooking. My Uncle Tony was quietly watching me slice ...

Chicken Tinola, Filipino Chicken Ginger Soup

05. March 2009 Chicken, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 2
Tinola, or Filipino chicken ginger soup, is one dish that I don’t make often. When I was growing up in Manila in the, ahem, 80s, my father brought the farm from his hometown of Ilocos Sur with him. We had a backyard with a small fish pond and a chicken coop. Each week, we would ...

Porcini Mushroom and Somen Noodle Soup

05. February 2009 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
I haven’t been in the mood to cook even though I’ve been spending a lot of time at home. But while inside the Grand Central Terminal Market earlier, I was inspired to go back to the kitchen after I saw a small container of really fragrant dried porcini mushrooms on sale for $3.50. I turned ...

Pasta E Fagioli, Italian Pasta and Beans Soup

24. December 2008 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring,… Are you kidding me? Whoever the author was wasn’t in my parents’ house on Christmas Eve. It’s definitely not quiet in ours right now: my mother is vacuuming, my father is moving stuff around and I’m simultaneously getting the ...

Ham Hock Xiao Long Bao with Butternut Burst

I wanted to accomplish two things with this version of the Shanghainese xiao long bao, or soup dumplings: make my own dumpling wrap from scratch and put a spin to it by using butternut squash soup for October’s Supper with Strangers instead of the traditional stock made from pork skin and chicken broth. Although I ...