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What to Cook This Week for Soup Week from Curry Laksa to French Onion Soup

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For this edition of What to Cook this Week I’m sharing five soup recipes, from hearty broths to spice-laden soups that will both warm you up and keep you cool. I’m calling this Soup Week. We’ve got every kind of cozy comforting broth, from a Russian mushroom noodle soup with handmade noodles and a spicy Singapore curry laksa to a deeply flavourful French onion soup and creamy Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup.

I’ve declared it Soup Week, because why not? If you’re in parts of the frigid northern hemisphere where winter doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, you’ll love these warming winter soup recipes I’ve compiled for What to Cook this Week. If you’re in the sizzling southern hemisphere, where temperatures are scorching, cool down with these cold summer soups.

I’m in rural Australia right now, where it’s cardigan-weather here in the Victorian countryside – despite record-breaking high temperatures on the other side of the country in Western Australia – so I’m browsing our compilations of chicken soups, noodle soups, chicken noodle soups, and fish soups, and planning on making some steaming bowls of broth this week.

If you’re visiting us here at Grantourismo for the first time – welcome! – What to Cook this Week is a very random-ish recipe series, where on some Mondays I dig around in the Grantourismo recipe archives, which are bursting with countless recipes from around the globe, to choose five delicious midweek dinner ideas for you.

For What to Cook this Week we try to recommend a mix of recipes for our readers around the world – ideas for dishes to cook when you don’t feel like cooking, recipes that might require a little effort but will be worth it, and dishes to make on Friday night when you’re looking forward to spending time in the kitchen with loved-ones, a bottle of wine, and music in the background.

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What to Cook This Week for Soup Week from Singapore Curry Laksa to French Onion Soup

Our ideas for What to Cook this Week include everything from recipes for a mushroom noodle soup and a Singapore curry laksa to a deeply flavourful French onion soup and a Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup.

Monday – Mushroom Noodle Soup Recipe with Handmade Pasta

My top pick for what to cook this week is this cosy mushroom noodle soup with a handmade pasta called ‘lapsha’. It makes a centuries-old Russian vegetarian soup. It’s one of the best Russian recipes, one of my favourite Russian winter soups and there are so many wonderful Russian soups, from the barley pickle soup to this chicken noodle soup with meatballs.

Historically, this soup was eaten during the Orthodox Great Lent period of fasting, currently underway, when eggs and sour cream have been traditionally forbidden. But this hearty soul-nourishing soup with hand-cut noodles can really be slurped at any time of year. Serve with plenty of fresh fragrant dill and rye bread.

Do make the noodles yourself if you have time: no matter how intimidated you’ve ever been by the idea of making handmade noodles or pasta, try not to be tempted to use shop-bought stuff. These handmade noodles are super-easy to make and there are few things more satisfying than eating rustic hand-cut noodles that you’ve made yourself.

I guarantee that you’ll get hooked on the act of making noodles, which is really very therapeutic, especially if you open a bottle of wine, which will also give you confidence. Make these noodles with loved-ones and you’re also making memories, which I guarantee will give you just as much comfort as this soup one day.

Mushroom Noodle Soup Recipe with Handmade Pasta for a Centuries Old Russian Vegetarian Soup

 

Tuesday – Singapore Curry Laksa Recipe

This Singapore curry laksa recipe is another of my top suggestions for what to cook this week if you’re looking for a bowl of spicy broth that will warm you up or bring perspiration to your brow and keep you cool.

Terence has been making Singapore curry laksa since we first started slurping the spicy coconut curry noodle soup in Sydney, Australia, as uni students way back in the 1980s. We’d often meet after work, before headed to evening classes, at a massively popular ‘Singapore Curry Laksa’ stall in a subterranean food court in Chinatown.

The enormous bowls of spicy laksa served as our dinner on many a cold winter’s night, making this one of our favourite winter soup recipes when we lived in Sydney. Here in Southeast Asia, spicy soups are eaten year-round. In fact, the locals say they keep you cool in summer by making you sweat.

While Terence has long been obsessed with recreating that original noodle soup we adored (he has 10 different curry laksa recipes in his recipe manager!) this recipe comes courtesy of legendary Australian chef, Christine Manfield.

Please don’t be deterred by the list of 17 ingredients. The final result is well worth the effort of pounding your own curry paste from scratch. Plus all that pounding is bound to warm you up!

Singapore Laksa Recipe – How to Make the Spicy Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

 

Wednesday – Sweet Corn Soup With Ginger, Turmeric and Chilli Recipe

This recipe for sweet corn soup with ginger, garlic, turmeric, and chilli oil was concocted by Terence in our Siem Reap kitchen in northern Cambodia and it’s another of my top picks for what to cook this week, especially if you’re under the weather.

It was partly inspired by the ingredients in our crisper – ginger, turmeric, garlic, galangal – as much as memories of the Chinese restaurant dinners of our childhoods growing up in the suburbs of multicultural Australia in the 1970s.

While Terence recalls Chinese egg drop soup, I was more fond of the sweet corn soup with crab. Aussies have been eating Chinese food and using Asian ingredients since Australia was colonised.

Ginger arrived in 1778 and an 1825 newspaper ad attests to Sydney’s shops being stocked with “fish sauce, mustard, currie powder, cayenne pepper – spices of all kinds, and ginger…”, so these soups are what we’d make even if we didn’t live in Southeast Asia.

Gently Spiced Sweet Corn Soup Recipe With Ginger, Turmeric and Chilli Oil

 

Thursday – French Onion Soup Recipe for a Fragrant Deeply Flavoured Onion Soup

This French onion soup recipe is another of my top suggestions for what to cook this week if you’re looking for a warming bowl of hearty broth. It makes a deeply flavoured French onion soup that has a hint of Southeast Asian spice and umami, thanks to star anise and a fine quality fish sauce.

Based on French chef Raymond Blanc’s vegetarian French onion soup recipe, which uses toasted flour to add a nuttiness to the broth, I’ve tweaked the recipe a little adding fish sauce for umami and star anise for spice and aroma to create a deeply-flavoured onion soup.

I’ve stuck with the chef’s choice of Comté cheese as I adore cheese but I don’t like those French soups that are completely covered in a thick layer of gooey cheese. That’s my preference but you do as you prefer. Bon appétit!

French Onion Soup Recipe for a Fragrant Deeply Flavoured Onion Soup with a Southeast Asian Twist

 

Friday – Burmese Ohn No Khao Swe Recipe

This Burmese ohn no khao swe recipe makes Myanmar’s much loved chicken coconut noodle soup, which is another one of my top picks for what to cook this week.

A bowl of ohn no khao swe brims with egg noodles in a perfumed curry chicken soup with a coconut milk base that is garnished with boiled eggs, crunchy fried noodles, shallots, fried garlic, dried chilli flakes, lime, and coriander (cilantro).

It’s the country’s most popular soup, alongside mohinga, and is another dish that Terence has been making since our first trip to Myanmar when we savoured it at Yangon’s grand old hotel, The Strand.

This is a great dish for winter dinners with the family or a group of friends because, as Mi Mi Khaing, author of Cook and Entertain the Burmese Way (1978), wrote, garnishing your ohn no khao swe is one of the most fun parts of eating this soup, which she described as being “festive” when she was growing up.

Ohn No Khao Swe Recipe for Burmese Chicken Coconut Noodle Soup

 

Please do let us know if you make any of our comforting soup recipes from our What to Cook this Week recipe series this week, as we’d love to hear how they turned out for you.

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2 thoughts on “What to Cook This Week for Soup Week from Curry Laksa to French Onion Soup”

  1. Hi Kate, thank YOU for dropping by to let me know. Please also let us know if you end up cooking any of these dishes. Have a great week!

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