Sunday 31 July 2011


I have been busy the past few days and was caught unaware that the deadline for posting a Filipino dish for the Kulinarya Cooking Club is today. Apologies to the club. The theme for this month is sinigang which is a sour soup, generally speaking. It is soured by  any ingredient of choice depending on the region the cook comes from: tamarind (the most popular), tomatoes, guavas, green maggoes, pineapple (my favourite). The main ingredient can be beef, pork, chicken, fish or prawns. A variety of vegetables goes in which results in a very tasty bowl of goodness. 

Athough I wasn't able to cook sinigang, I managed to rustle up a quick hot and sour prawn soup with the ingredients I've managed to find in my cupboard. Spiked with chillies, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves, it is more tom yum than sinigang. Tom yum is a hot and sour soup that originates from Thailand and as the name connotes, is very yummy. Sour, salty and spiked with as much heat as you like. Or not. It is entirely up to you. So here it is, hot and sour prawn soup, a toast to heartwarming soups.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

20 king prawns, shelled and deveined (save shells for the stock)
1 tbsps. cooking oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp. of chopped red chillies
1"x1" piece of ginger, sliced
1 lemon grass, smashed
4 c. fish stock or water
3 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
juice of 1 lime
3 tbsps. fish sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 c. spring onion rings
1 tbsps. roughly chopped coriander (cilantro)
slices of lime 


Heat up a wok. Add the cooking oil, then the garlic and chillies. Stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the prawn shells, lemon grass and ginger and stir again until the shells turn bright orange. Add the stock or water and the shredded lime leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl then transfer back into the wok. Bring back to a boil, then add the peeled prawns, fish sauce, sugar and lime juice. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the prawns are done. Do not over cook the prawns as they become tough. Ladle into a bowl or four individual bowls. Top each with spring onions, chopped coriander and lime slices. Serve hot.

Please visit the Kulinarya Cooking Club Members' blogs to see their sinigang recipes.

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  1. What a nice entry for Kulinarya challenge. I like the shot of the food. You are really mastering your composition, and color palettes. Oh, I love the natural lights peeking through in the back, it adds drama.

    Good job Adora!

    - ray -

  2. I was thinking the same thing! The vibrant colors and dappled light is gorgeous. Soup looks delicious, too - I love hot & sour and Tom Yum soup!

  3. Kudos to you for submitting an entry to the Club even at the last hour. And my, what an entry! The soup bowls look so inviting, I feel like going to my favorite Thai restaurant to eat some tom yum now ;-).

  4. That soup looks and sounds fabulous and so flavorful... I just love it! And the pictures are fantastic too! Great post :)

  5. I really like the flavors here-bookmarked to make when it gets cooler.
    My worries about spreading myself too thin is what keeps me from joining a cooking club-kudos that you were able to squeeze this in. Simply delicious

  6. Awesome soup and a great sinigang substitute :) Photos are stunning! Buzzed

  7. I love the flavors of Thai food and this soup is one of my favorites, yes it does remind me somewhat of sinigang. Beautiful pictures!

  8. Oh WOW! I love your take on Sinigang. Prawn Sinigang is my husband's favorite...

  9. This is SO beautiful! I am allergic to seafood, so I can't indulge, but I just love it....

  10. Oh boy !! that is one delicious soup out there .. i am going crazy on the flavor combination you used. I have to try this one for sure :)

  11. This is exactly the soup that my taste buds have been calling out for! May I even suggest some crab meat inside?

  12. you make food that is both tasty and beautiful .... awesome post as usual :)

  13. Mmmm! This will surely waken up my senses in a rainy day! :)

  14. This hot and sour soup looks so delicious! Love that you were still able to make an entry - going to check out the rest of the members now =)

  15. It looks like a great tasting soup, I love your recipes. The photos are spectacular :)

  16. Adora this photo is awesome! I just took some soup photos yesterday and they are no where near as good as these! Well done.

  17. Your prawn soup looks so perfect and comforting, Adora! Either in hot or cold weather, I wouldn't say no to that!

  18. would be perfect on rainy day! :)

  19. I absolutely love this dish.I had made few times very very similar and I loved it! Great recipe Adora and beautiful pictures!!!

  20. I definitely try this soup. I love hot and sour soup, but never got it quite right when I make it. Thanks for sharing! Gotta go get lemongrass!

  21. I'm certainly not sad you missed the deadline for the club, because this particular recipe looks delicious! Love hot and sour soups.

  22. What a beautiful soup! It sounds so delicious and light plus full of flavor!

  23. Beautiful shots of my favorite Thai soup. This one I'm willing to eat as often as possible.:)

  24. I just love anything that is hot and sour just like the Thai's Tom Yam Soup and the nice, unique aroma of lemongrass esp on cold, raining days. ;)

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