Friday, 22 June 2012

Steam Boat Ideas

Steamboat in Gastronomy St Hanoi
In cooler weather we love to share Steamboat (or Hot Pot), it always reminds us of spending time with friends. The recipe for the stock comes from our friend Ly ...

Ly’s Hotpot Ideas ...

Ingredients for the stock:

Chicken/ pork bone
Robbie’s Luang Prabang chili paste
Tom Yum paste
Tamarind powder
Vietnamese dried perfume mushroom
Lemon grass

Making the stock:
Boil chicken/ pork bone for 3-4 minutes. Clean the bone and the saucepan to get rid of all the impurity and fat. Dip 2-3 Vietnamese dried perfume mushrooms in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes until they become soft then wash the mushrooms. Add new water and boil the bone again. Put the perfume mushrooms in to cook with the bone. Cook on very low heat for around 1-1.30 hours.

Take the stock to your steamboat (still boiling the bone in the saucepan in case you need more soup later). Add salt, chili paste, Tom Yum paste, tamarind powder, cut lemongrass and onion.

Some suggestions for ingredients in the Steamboat:

great to share with friends/family
Proteins - Fish balls with shrimp roe, fine sliced beef, chicken, pork and/or fish. Prawns, clams, mussels and/or cuttlefish.

Vegetables - bok choy, choy sum, spinach, been sprouts, green beans, all kinds of mushrooms, maybe try dried lily flowers.

Condiments - Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, coriander, garlic, spring onions, chili, pepper, all kinds of dipping sauces to your taste.

As you can see above anything goes - that is why it is such a fun thing with friends. Good idea to wash down with Beer Lao or Hanoi Beer - cheers!

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