Soups / Stews

Red Curry/Coconut Ramen With Nappa Cabbage

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During the past view years, with thousands upon thousands of books, articles movies, documentaries and everybody and his/her dog writing about Ramen – the best, the most original, the most exotic, the cheapest, the most expensive, the most complicated, the simplest, the craziest, and what not else about Ramen, the latest craze we are to believe in and are bombarded with is always the final, definitive, all previous wisdom erasing, Fad.
Some, (most?) folks have forgotten what Ramen, or comfort food in general, is all about – when it feels just right what your mom in her kitchen, or the waiter in a five-star restaurant, or the street cook from his cart, sets in front of you and you happily enjoy every aspect of the dish to it´s fullest – the taste, the texture, the aromas, the ingredients, the colors, the surroundings, and last but not least, the company.
Ramen does not really need (deserve ???) all this silly nonsense and mystique which some folks want to make us believe is essential and exists in some mysterious stockpot in some obscure location, prepared by a “Master Artist”, who dedicated his/her life to one particular dish.
Dear God, pls spare me from any more of this pretentious BS !
Like any other thing in the Universe, sometimes there are exceptions to the rules, but……….. 🙂
Just like any other bowl of soup, or any other dish out there, there are awful ones, mediocre ones, average ones, good ones, superb ones and occasionally, a sublime one, which is usually the result of somebody who brings decent ingredients, at least a bit of knowledge, and A LOT OF LOVE to the stove. No mystery, no art, no alchemy.
Dear people, Ramen it is just a bowl of noodle soup !!!!! No matter how simple or complicated – it’s just a bowl of noodle soup !!!!!
And like ALL other food, it should taste great, should not cost an arm and a leg for something simple and basic, and most of all, it should leave you full, satisfied and happy 😉
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I know that I am not the only one who is tired of the loudmouths in our industry, most of whom have nothing else to offer than flash, glitter, and show, never mind the taste and satisfaction of truly wonderful food.
So then, this, like most of my posts, is about comfort food, good food, easy to prepare food, and, last but not least, affordable food. 🙂
I hope, in this spirit at least, ChefsOpinion serves you well 🙂
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Red Curry/Coconut Ramen With Nappa Cabbage

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Red Curry/Coconut Ramen With Nappa Cabbage

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Red Curry/Coconut Ramen With Nappa Cabbage

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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A stew is one of these typical, beloved, easy to prepare dishes that have almost disappeared from fine restaurant menus and, sadly, from most household dining tables (or kitchen tables).
Many home cooks shy away from it because of the extended cooking time. But, once you realize that the actual prep time is usually short and easy, things look a lot more simple. After all, as long as you are at home, you can do whatever you want/need to do around the house as long as you check on your stew once in a while. The reward is a meal chock-full of flavor and debt, hardly achieved with any other cooking method (this one being Braising.” )
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While this one looks like a typical goulash, the seasoning changes it into a very different animal.
In my own opinion, not better or worse, just different. I eat stews and goulash regularly, so I love to change the ingredients/seasoning often, to avoid monotony in my nutrition.
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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Beef Goulash & Bread Dumplings

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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If you have followed ChefsOpinion for a while, you might be aware of my passion for soups, especially for chicken noodle soup, prepared any-which-way.
Without a doubt, the soup featured on this page is by far the best chicken noodle soup I have ever tasted.
The combination and the amount used of the special chicken and all the veggies, as well as the seasoning/aromatics and the six hours of cooking resulted in a heavenly broth, for which only the wide rice noodles and garden-fresh cilantro was needed to transform these simple ingredients into a wonderful, immensely satisfying culinary delight. 🙂
( The plate prepared for the original photo shoot already was all that – but then, the plate I prepared later on with all the “secondary cuts” (neck, wings and dark meat), which was originally not intended to be included in this post, was even better and “hit it out of the park” )  🙂
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To prepare the best tasting chicken broth, one must use “Suppen Huhn” (Boiling Fowl, which needs to simmer between three to six hours to be sufficiently tender for the meat to be enjoyed.
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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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And later on, the second helping looked like this :
(Originally, these photos were not intended to be published 🙂 

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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Not Your Mama´s Chicken/Noodle Soup – “Chicken Pho” (Phở Gà)

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End Of Summer Celebration – “Creamy Tomato & Bell Pepper Soup”

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End Of Summer Celebration – “Creamy Tomato & Bell Pepper Soup”

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Now that summer is almost over in Germany, I took the opportunity to buy some of the last garden-grown tomatoes and bell peppers from my neighbor down the road. (In a normal year, September provides the last locally grown tomatoes, while the season for bell peppers ends during October/November. As much as possible, I like to buy food that has been produced locally. My neighbor produces eggs, chicken, and lamb, as well as potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, apples, blackberries, mirabelles, and strawberries.
Even the local supermarkets sell a lot of locally grown food-stuff, which makes one feel good about giving a little help to the local farmers. 🙂
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End Of Summer Celebration – “Creamy Tomato & Bell Pepper Soup”

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End Of Summer Celebration – “Creamy Tomato & Bell Pepper Soup”

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4 lbs tomatoes, 1.5 lbs red peppers

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add 2 ea medium size onions, cut int chunks

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add kosher salt, sriracha, sugar and garlic paste to taste

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add 1 gallon chicken- or veggie – broth,, simmer until liquid has reduced to 2 quarts

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with a stand-mixer or hand-mixer blend all until very smooth, last minute ad 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

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add 2 cup heavy cream, check/adjust flavor

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausages, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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I LOVE soups and stew of any kind, but served from a pretty serving dish like this will bring even the most simple soup or stew to a higher level 🙂
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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Beef & Pork Stew with Sausage, Potatoes, Spätzle and Veggies

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Chicken And Udon In Coconut/Chili Soup

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Chicken And Udon In Coconut/Chili Soup

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While this soup might seem a bit in the style of Thai food, it actually isn´t, but rather, it is a combination of things I love to be in my food – juicy simmered or roasted chicken, coconut/chicken broth, ginger, garlic, Ichimi togarashi, furikake, cilantro, Thai sweet chili sauce, and udon noodles, items you can usually find at all times in my fridge and in my cup board.
Not Thai at all, but rather a fusion of food/ingredients from different countries/cultures, combined to form their own, delicious bond, without being too complicated to prepare with ease in a short time, or being too heavy on the wallet. 🙂
In fact, if you already have leftover cooked (or roasted) chicken in your fridge, the whole process of assembling and finishing this dish will not take more than a few minutes 🙂
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Pls note :
Adjust the quantities and use of all the ingredients according to your own moods, taste buds and their availability.  🙂

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Chicken And Udon In Coconut/Chili Soup

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Chicken And Udon In Coconut/Chili Soup

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Chicken And Udon In Coconut/Chili Soup

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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This soup contains four of my most beloved food-ingredients :
Strong, flavorful Beef Broth, Maultaschen (Swabian Ravioli), Schupfnudeln (Swabian Gnocchi), Beef Shank and Grape Tomatoes, ready to burst from the heat.Each of these ingredients can stand at it´s own, but together, they are culinary bliss at it´s best.
Serve the soup with the whole shank slice, bone-in (with the bone marrow), or, for convenience, remove the meat from the bone and cut into bit-size pieces, then remove the marrow from the bone and divide it between the soup plates, top with the rest of the ingredients and the broth.
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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Shank Soup With Pasta & Ravioli (Rindersuppe Mit Schupfnudeln & Maultaschen)

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Beef Udon (Niku Udon) 肉うどん

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Beef Udon (Niku Udon) 肉うどん

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Very few beautiful, heart and belly-warming dishes are as easy to prepare as these beef-noodles. At times I have eaten the noodles just with broth, at other times I have eaten the meat just by itself or over steamed rice. Any way I choose, I enjoy each one of them, but of course, the whole schamuckas as shown on this page is the very best of them. 🙂
I especially love the simplicity of the preparation. Hot broth, udon noodles and caramelized beef and caramelized scallions and voilà – culinary heaven has been reached ! 🙂
(In Japan, one usually adds a few slices of fish cake ( Narutomaki ), but I can do without that……..
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Beef Udon (Niku Udon) 肉うどん

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Caramelized Beef only

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Udon in Broth only

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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The original dish I wanted to cook was Hungarian Goulash, which is one of my favorite dishes. However, when I started to gather the ingredients, I realized that I did not have enough onions and paprika powder, not enough thyme leaves, lemon peel and caraway seeds in my pantry. Since I did not have any desire to go shopping at the moment, I came up with this concoction, which, although different from goulash, turned out to be just as delicious and satisfying.  🙂
It contains lots of potatoes and veggies, so it can be enjoyed as is, or served with rice, pasta or bread of your choice to mop up the wonderful sauce 🙂
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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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Beef Stew With Potatoes, Peppers And Tomatoes

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” LION’S HEAD SOUP ” ( SHR ZA TOU )

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” LION’S HEAD SOUP ” ( SHR ZA TOU )

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Meatballs come in many shapes, sizes and flavors. In the western cuisine we are most familiar with Italian meatballs, while in Asian cuisine soup dumplings are the most common.
Among Asian meatballs, Chinese lion heads are probably my favorite plain (no wrapper) meatballs. They are usually served in a flavorful soup, loaded with the Lions heads, black mushrooms, rice noodles and napa cabbage (pekinensis group cabbage).
Whenever I prepare the soup at home, (click here to see a version I usually prepare at home), I usually do the traditional chinese way, as described above. However, when I prepared the one featured here, I had leftover dumpling wrappers and ground pork mix in the fridge from the previous day’s  “CHINESE PORK DUMPLINGS IN TAMARIND BROTH”.  I always have frozen homemade chicken stock in the fridge, so this  ” LION’S HEAD SOUP ”  was a no-brainer and it took only a few minutes to put together. Easy does it when you’re lazy ! 🙂
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” LION’S HEAD SOUP ” ( SHR ZA TOU )

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