Monthly Mystery Munchies #11: Prawn Soup

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I have been incredibly slack lately, but for good reason. In my quest to become healthier, I have been playing around with recipes – adjusting, adding, removing, contemplating their worthiness of making it onto my blog. This month I found myself challenged and excited about my and Ann’s Monthly Mystery Munchies theme – shellfish. Easy, you might say, but as it turned out, not so much.

Ann killed it again this month, being the creative culinary aficionado that she is. I swear, we’re like long distance psychic twins, as we both did a prawn dish! She made oven grilled Gambas al Aljillo, and for the love of all things food, it looks freakin’ delectable! Initially, however, I had my heart set on doing a crab dish. Ironically, crabs freak the crap out of me! I mean, do not show me a crab. I’ll do an embarrassing girl-run into the next zip code. Yes, it really is that bad. I thought finding crab meat, actual meat, not ‘crab-flavoured’ fish sticks, would be easy. After all, I live in Cape Town, and we have a huge selection of fresh seafood. I phoned around and found two places who swore to me that I would be purchasing meat, not crabs. Off I went, happy that I would not have to put my running shoes on, and, at both places, I was handed freaking crabs, people! Eeeeeeeeeeeek! The Husband laughed as I waved my hands in the air, shouting “I can’t! I really can’t!” whilst trying not to hyperventilate. Yeah, the dudes behind the counter laughed too. That was it, crab was nixed, a hard “no” from me. However, they did have prawns, but the eyes freak me out. I mean, just gross. Aah, but they had prawn tails, challenge accepted. Plan B, I love it!

Prawns purchased, heart rate returning to normal, we headed home and discussed our options. The Husband is also getting into my and Ann’s monthly challenge, and he fancies giving me ideas. I settled on prawn soup because, recently, I made a spicy vegetable soup which we demolished, so why not use that same recipe and add prawns? Excellent. We’re back on track, plan in hand, let’s do this. Of course my hob decided to break at that exact moment. Crap, it’s Monday already, and I need to have this done by Friday! Two long days later, the hob was fixed. Much hallelujah. Finally, after a few setbacks and a mini breakdown, I was able to complete my recipe, all the while wondering what Ann’s going to come up with – please check out her recipe for this month’s shellfish theme. I’m obsessed with spicy, tasty food, so this dish is rocking a Thai-ish theme. It has a beautiful flavour without being hot, and the coconut milk adds a creaminess to it, without having to add actual cream. Without further blabbing and complaining, here we go!

Spicy Prawn Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: not a schlep
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Supplies:

Prawn soup 1400g prawn tails, deshelled
2 grean chillies, sliced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 onion, thinly sliced
250g portabellini mushrooms
4 sliced carrots
400g thinly sliced zucchini/courgettes
1 grated red cabbage
150g snap peas
1 x 400g tin lite coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
Juice of 2 limes
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Fresh coriander for serving – optional

Making it happen:

Prawn soup 21. Deshell the prawns. In a large pot, fry the chillies, ginger, onion, and mushrooms in olive oil on medium heat for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Prawn soup 4 22. Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable stock, and add the remaining vegetables. Stir in the fish sauce and lime juice, then cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the veggies are soft.

 

Prawn soup 73. Add the prawns and simmer until pink, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with coriander if desired.

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Monthly Mystery Munchies #11: Prawn Soup

  1. I love your writing – and this was super fun getting to plan B! Funny how you hate crabs and the running into another zip code bah!
    You know I always see “seafood flakes” for Crabmeat and wonder if the only way to get the real meat is to do it the real crab way!??? Not my thing either.
    Anyhow – plan B looks yummy and the whole soup looks delish!
    Quick question – what is a hob?

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    • Thank you so much! I was thinking the same thing – but boiling whole crabs is seriously nerrr errr going to happen!
      A hob is a stove top. We call it a gas hob here but no difference.
      I tried to view your blog but it’s protected. Can I get access or is it a private blog? Sorry it took me so long to reply! Hope you’re having a good week!

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    • It’s funny ‘cos it’s true! Ditto about your dish – packed with yummy flavours and now I’m like crap, why didn’t I think of using saffron! I loved this challenge because it was a real challenge getting the seafood, creating the right recipe etc, but I’m super excited for next month!

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      • Absolutely! I have a bit of a saffron fetish! Hahahaha! Your story still makes me laugh. Like you said though, I would not have thought getting seafood there can be a challenge. Still, you did it! 😀 x.

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    • Girl, you speak my language! I also love calamari, but do NOT serve it with tentacles attached. Went to a super posh restaurant a few months ago, ordered calamari, nearly spewed when it had its tentacles on. Hardly ate it, but had to pretend bc I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Ended up getting fast food on my way home.

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