Unlike simmering, quick soup recipes need a good soup base and fresh ingredients.
Busy cooks need quick soup recipes which can mean getting a soup on the dining table under 30 minutes. What could be simpler than quick boiling as a soup making technique?
It involves bringing a soup stock to a good boil, add all the ingredients in and cook till they are done. Suitable for fresh seafood, fresh green leafy vegetables and any ingredient that cooks quickly.
Here are a few tips to make the cooking process a breeze.
Unlike simmering, quick boiling soups need a good soup base. Since it is cooked quickly, there is insufficient time for the ingredients to "impart" any flavour to the soup. So, instead of water, make sure you start with a good soup stock.
You will be surprised at how good a soup taste even if just a store-bought stock cube was added to flavor the soup. Water with seasonings like salt and pepper is not enough.
Meat like pork, beef, chicken or fish should be thinly sliced. A little pounding with the back of a knife or meat mallet to loosen the meat fibre helps to tenderize the meat.
They should then be lightly marinated. Some recipes will include the ingredients for the marinate. But if the recipe does not have it, you may use a little light soy sauce / fish sauce, pepper and sesame seed oil. A little oyster sauce like the Lee Kum Kee - Premium Oyster Sauce 18 Oz. or the vegetarian Weitai Vegetarian Mushroom "Oyster" Sauce 20 oz.
After seasoning, a little cornstarch or a soup thickener should be added. The cornstarch coats the meat slices giving them a smoother texture when cooked. It also prevents moisture from escaping. Read more about cornstarch and thickeners.
Some typical quick and easy soups include egg drop soups, hot and sour soups, seafood and tofu soups.