Recipe: Pollock Soup

Recipe: Pollock Soup

I promised to post dried pollock soup (북어국 – book e guk ) in this blog recently and one of my readers reminded me a few days ago…. Thanks for the reminder!!! I am still in Sydney and winter is approaching… I think it’s a perfect weather for soup!!  Let’s begin….

 

Dried Pollock soup

(serves 4 people)

  • 40g Dried Pollock pieces
  • ½ packet of tofu, sliced in 1cm thickness
  • 1 spring onion, sliced diagonally
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 cups of  Water
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • ¼ Korean radish, slice thinly
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • salt and white pepper to season

Before we begin, just a little note about the pollock. I never thought twice about this fish until I moved to Singapore and discovered just how difficult it is to source this type of fish. When my family first moved to Sydney we often had pollock dishes as there were many good quality Korean groceries. It was easy to get hold of various types of pollock either fresh or frozen. Koreans use fresh, frozen and dried pollock in various dishes. Fresh and frozen ones are usually used for stews (동태찌개) and dried ones are for soup or fried. For those who have never seen this fish, check this link.

 

황태채

자른 황태

 

  • Soak the dried pollock in water for 30minutes and then drain.
 I found another type of pollock  in my pantry and decide to use a few pieces of it in the soup (refer to the picture below). Extra pollock like these chunks really enhance the stock flavour. Soak these chunky ones in a bowl as well.     

    

ingredients

 

무

  •  On a medium heat, pour the sesame oil in a pot and fry the pollock and chopped garlic. Season them with soy sauce and fish sauce.
  • Add the radish and continue to fry all ingredients together.
  • Pour 5 cups of water and boil on medium to high heat for 10-15 minutes. You can also add Korean soy bean sprouts at this point.

  • Add the beaten egg and sliced tofu to the soup and cook for another 2 minutes. I am not a big fan of tofu so I skipped it this time.


 

북어국 in a pot

 

  •  As a final touch, season the soup with salt and pepper and add sliced spring onion
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  • Serve the soup either in individual bowls with hot cooked rice or simply place the whole pot on the table for everyone to share.
 


 

북어국

 

Doesn’t the soup look flavoursome and homely? I am heading out to a Korean grocery to grab ingredients for tonight’s dinner! Enjoy….

 

Balcony garden update-outback Sydney

Balcony garden update-outback Sydney

I have been out of action for a bit. I  have been visiting families and friends in Sydney and have had little chance to write. We visited my mother-in-law’s farm this week and this blog will be all about how beautiful this place is. Some of you would have read about her farm from my previous blog.

We spotted a few kangaroos here and there on the way to the farm as well as plenty of cattle. Out here there is no mobile phone coverage but there is internet (via satellite), thank god!

I wondered around her farm and realised as it is going into winter, most of her veggie patches were slowing down. I  spent the afternoon helping planting leeks, celeriac, spring onions and cabbage seeds. As these are winter crops, I was delighted to help out. I would never even dream of trying to grow these vegetables in Bangkok.

veggie patch

 

One amazing treasure I found and was extremely pleased to see was a big bush of raspberries. Can you imagine picking your own raspberries and having them for tonight’s dinner? Well, that’s exactly what we did! 

 

freshly picked

 

 

a bowl of raspberries

The farm also has chickens and guinea fowls in an orchard full of oranges, grapefruit, lemon and fig trees. They are still very young but in 2-3 years time, I can see these trees becoming full with fruit. I even have an orange tree dedicated just to me!!

figs

 

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The second most exciting thing after the rasberries, was collecting fresh eggs from the farm. These were truly free range eggs.

chickens

 

eggs

 

Even though the farm wasn’t full of fresh vegetables to harvest, we enjoyed the fresh air, great company and great food. Check out the pavlova that my mother-in-law made with the raspberries that I picked.

 

homemade pavlova

 

I have to leave you with this magnificent view for you to enjoy. This is the view from the library of the homestead.

the view