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 ...

Carrot-Ginger Soup

20. October 2008 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 1
Most vegetable soups are thin and clean. I wanted to add some texture to this so I added rice to the carrot-ginger batch before puréeing it in the blender. The final result felt like oatmeal in my mouth and a flavorful soup that was heartier than usual. Ingredients: 2 large carrots, peeled, chopped in large ...

Vegetable and Dduk Chungol, Korean Hotpot

14. October 2008 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
Have you seen that Anthony Bourdain episode shot in Seoul? I caught a rerun over the weekend and I salivated during the part when they ate a hot spicy soup with noodles after arriving in the country all jet-lagged and grouchy. He said it immediately made him feel better. After two weeks of drinking almost ...

Kalbi Tang, Korean Beef Rib Soup

08. October 2008 Beef, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
I hurried home on Sunday afternoon because I was in the mood to spend the rest of my weekend cooking. The Dr. bought fresh perilla leaves from Koreatown before we left for Montauk in preparation for all the sashimi that we were going to eat after a planned fishing trip for striped bass. We didn’t ...

Sweet Corn Soup with Vanilla Bean and Pancetta

29. July 2008 Soups, Stocks + Sauces 3
Serita came back from Bali a couple of weeks ago and brought home fresh–and very fragrant–vanilla beans. I was able to get my hands on a few of them. I wouldn’t have thought about corn soup with vanilla if I didn’t have them, but once I did, I only imagined a soup that was velvety ...