TNT Asparagus and Crabmeat Soup
This is an easy and healthy one! Not a lot of seasonings added, but
plenty of flavor! Very adaptable to new or substituted veggies and
ASPARAGUS AND CRAB MEAT SOUP
4 c Chicken broth (Vegetable broth is ok too)
1 TBSP Plus 2 teaspoons Fish Sauce (Look in the Asian section. Kame brand
has started offering it in 4 oz bottles)
1/2 tsp Sugar (Splenda works fine)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 TBSP Vegetable oil
6 Shallots, chopped
4 Garlic cloves, chopped
4 oz Shitake mushrooms, sliced (cremini or portobello are OK)
16 oz Asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch sections
If pencil thin or so, use all but about the last 3 inches of the stalks.
6 oz Fresh Spinach, roughly chopped
4 inches Leek, cut into 1 inch lengths and in half
8 oz Fresh or canned lump crabmeat, picked over and drained
(Small shrimp or other shellfish, cubed tilapia or other mild fish are OK)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 TBSP Cornstarch for thickening, mix with water
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro
2 green onion, thinly sliced
Put the broth, 1 TBSP Fish Sauce, sugar and salt into a soup pot or 3 quart pot.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer. Add the asparagus, leek and spinach.
If you like your vegetables "al dente", add the leek now. Add the asparagus and
spinach later, when you are ready to boil soup for thickening.
Saute the garlic and shallots in a skillet with the oil for a few minutes. Add the crab meat
and mushrooms, remaining fish sauce and black pepper to taste. Stir fry over high heat
for 1 minute, then set to the side.
Bring the soup to a boil. Add vegetables now if you prefer them less cooked.
Once the soup boils, add the cornstarch and water mixture slowly. Stir gently until the soup
begins to thicken. While the soup is boiling, slowly drizzle in the egg, while stirring slowly.
Stir for about 1 minute to cook the egg.
Add the crabmeat mixture and heat through. This will take a minute or two.
Remove from heat. Serve with cilantro and green onion sprinkled on top. Add freshly ground
black pepper to taste. Be liberal with the fresh cilantro for a great taste!