Editor’s note: Please welcome our newest contributor Chris to Healthy Hong Kong! In his first post he shares an easy carrot soup recipe…
Soups are supposed to be pretty easy to make, and as a person who rarely visits the kitchen, a somewhat reasonable task to manage. It’s not that I’m that unfamiliar with the tools and utensils that usually appear in a kitchen drawer, but with Hong Kong’s vast dining possibilities always a few steps away, slaving away in the kitchen with greasy pots is usually the first thing to fall off my daily to-do list.
But, in light of my “be healthy” New Year’s resolution, I’ve decided to try this cooking thing a bit more or at least be a bit more selective to what I eat (despite the fact it’s February already…). So, googling around for beginner dishes I finally came across a simple and tasty looking dish that seemed to require hardly any skill at all. The ever so wonderful “carrot soup” works just as well for lunch or dinner, snack or breakfast.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 6 carrots
- 1 onion
- 1 litre broth
- 1 piece of garlic
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp crème fraiche
- salt and nutmeg to taste
Start by cutting the carrots and the onion into fine pieces and frying the butter in a pan. Add the garlic (crushed) and flour to the pan and mix for a bit. Boil one liter of water with some broth and once cooked add the garlic mix with the vegetables. Cook for about 15 minutes and then add the crème fraiche.
If you can’t find crème fraiche in Hong Kong, sour cream can do the trick provided that the soup has cooled down (I don’t believe this as it didn’t mix at all so I skipped it altogether in the end). Last but not least, use a hand blender to make the soup smooth and add some salt and nutmeg to taste. I enjoyed my soup with an open faced ham sandwich with cottage cheese and a sprinkling of flax seed.
Last thing — when making soups or any dish for that matter, one important rule I’ve learned is to make sure you have all the necessary appliances. Little did I know how time consuming it would be to mash carrots without the use of a hand blender!