Thursday, June 17, 2010

so i am sick


so i am sick.

i am pretty certain i got whatever this is when i was in vegas. before i took this job, i was hardly ever sick. in my previous job, i would travel about once quarter....mostly to chicago....but i wouldn't get sick. yet, since i have been in this job for the past couple of years, i seem to get sick every few months.

it is rather annoying.

so here i am, having difficulty breathing, not able to sleep, and not wanting to take the cold medicine that makes one sleepy because i have to be working by 7am at the latest....and the cold medicine makes me too groggy. i have a feeling that i won't be up for the meatpaper and bluebottle event tomorrow evening at SF MoMA which is quite a bummer. i was looking forward to that. yet, i think i am going to need as much rest as possible before i head to ATL next week. because i have been sick since i've returned from vegas, i've been eating a lot of spicy soups. there are many spicy soups in my repertoire. it probably surprises no one that what i decide to make is dependent on my mood as well as what i have in the fridge and pantry.

this afternoon, i decided to use some bun bo hue paste as my basis for my broth and kind of go from there.....

while i put a very large spoonful of paste into a pot of water and let it simmer, i went into the fridge and pulled out some gio lau (vietnamese sausage made from pounded pork and nuoc mam....often steamed in a banana leaf), some green beans,.....


rau ram.....


and spinach.

i did have some bun bo hue noodles but since i was doing this on the fly, i hadn't pre-soaked them. one typically needs to pre-soak certain dried noodles before cooking them separately from the broth. oftentimes, for vietnamese soups, the separately cooked noodles and broth are added together right before serving. just to be clear....i wasn't making bun bo hue....i was just using some paste as a base. putting green beans and spinach into bun bo hue is a bit blasphemous....so hence, i just told myself that i wasn't making bun bo hue....but making a soup "inspired by it". i do this a lot....make random noodle soups for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack....etc....out of what i happen to have in my kitchen or pantry. i also make an concerted effort to add vegetables into my soups.

yet, i must admit i was also feeling quite lazy and didn't feel like cooking the noodles separate. so i just grabbed some mung bean noodles instead......



and added them, the green beans, the sliced gio lau, and some shrimp paste into the pot.


mung bean noodles are good noodles to cook in the pot broth for like, a minute or two, and then they are ready.......


i added the spinach right before i took the pot off the heat.


then poured everything to a large bowl.....


and topped it with some rau ram, fried shallots, and a squeeze of lime.



for me, this is the perfect sort of soup to have when i am sick. it helps clear out the sinuses for about an hour or so. i'll probably have some variation of a spicy soup tomorrow as well. maybe if i eat enough spiciness, it will burn this cold right out of me.

one can hope i suppose.

2 comments:

Su-Lin said...

:( Hope you feel better soon! That bowl of noodle soup looks like it could clear any blocked nose!

foodie hunter said...

thanks su-lin!