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Friday, April 6, 2007

Soup Ocean

In our household, there are no better comfort food than a bowl of warm Chinese soup. My son loves soup. He needs to have soup at each meal. It brings comfort to me that my little boy still prefers Chinese thin soup versus thick and hearty American can soup. This assures me at least for now, that our culture is still in tact.
A thick bowl of soup is when a spoon is able to stand on it's own when you sink it in to the bowl. There is no way you can do that with a bowl of Chinese soup. The first sentence, my dad used to tell us when we begin each meal is "Yum Tong ah" which means drink the soup. It's almost customary for us to have the soup first then the actual meal. It is meant to wet or marinate our taste buds first prior to the actual meal. At my dinner table now days, I don't even have to tell my little guy, "Yum Tong ah" because even before I say that, the soup is gone.
My hope is for him not to outgrow this habit because as he gets older, sooner or later he is going to find out the ingredients used to make these soup!(Pig brain, Intestines,Chicken feet, mushroom, fish heads, Fish eyeballs and etc. Remember the scene from Indiana Jones when he was at the Indian Village where the eyeballs float up from the soup they were having?) By then, he may not even allowed me to utter the words "Yum Tong ah" but instead he would say "Campbell please...!!!"


-M

44 comments:

Syaf The Geek said...

Damn man, you make me hungry hehehe. Yum yum

Bob Matharoo said...

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Good selection of topics,
cool attitude shown through the topics.......
Keep It Up!!....

Tisha said...

The photo (second one) looks yummy! But not so much the ingredients list. I've been making my favorite Pho Ga soup. My son loves it, but my daughter won't touch it. :}

Pravs said...

Hi there, Enjoyed reading "soup ocean". Very nice blog.

BLASe said...

Your blog really made me feel good reading it. I loved the pictures. Keep up the good work!

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DotMySpot said...

yum yum.. all those food.. would u like to come to my house? :)

Rcube said...

Great post! Keep them coming...

I don't think I could every make a soup with those ingredients (but I'm not Chinese), and if I did my wife would never, ever eat it.

I would try (eating) it at least once....

KC said...

Hi! Thank you for dropping by, and for leaving a message. I will definitely link you. :-))

Anonymous said...

Hey I like to drink soup too, my mum used to say if u know how to cook good soups, u can tie down a man. I guess the reverse is also true, if u know how to cook for ur girlfriend, u can keep her with u. Of course, learning to appreciate the soup cooked by your girl/boy friend is juz as impt. Anyway it's a great site, keep it up! =)

Sheena said...

Oh wow, Campbells for me too! Young children tend to eat anything and not question it. As a baby I ate chitterlings (pig intestines), now I can't stand to look at them or smell them. I'm adding you to my links page.

esofthub said...

I was thinking about having soup for awhile until I read your ingredients. I opted for green tea instead. :) Have you tried bean-curd soup? It's a popular dish here in Korea.

Susan said...

First off let me say your son is extremely lucky to have a father such as yourself. The part about the prayer, I think you are probably already the man your son thinks you are. Now to the soup! I for one love Chinese soup even though I know what goes into it. Of course, I try and not think about such things.
This is my first visit to this amazing blog and you can be sure I will return.
Thanks for visiting LifeIsRisky and I hope you found something of interest as well.

Pam said...

This post, combined with the almost edible photos, have given me a craving : ). Your blog is delightful.

AgentSully said...

mmmm, I love soup. That made me so hungry! Share your recipes!

Freakedout Father said...

That soup was lookin ok til you told me what was in it.

Yech.

Tisha! said...

now you'll have 2 tisha's around :)

soup does a body good and my fave is pea soup!

Talia said...

I like this blog, great stuff.

Isn't it great to have traditions and special things in your home!

I've posted a few tips on making great blogs if you were interested: http://taliacarbis.wordpress.com/2007/04/10/tips-for-bloggers/

I just though you might be because you asked if I had any tips at all. :-)

eve said...

that looks good! Love the title!

Dave said...

We really should eat more soup before our meals (my family). We tend to gravitate towards salad as the primer, but after reading your article on the importance of soup in your culture, family and life...I am glad that you shared this.

BillyWarhol said...

Nice Blog*

I have always loved the Black background cuz it shows off Photos + Visual Images so well* & u've put lots of good ones up*

Cheers Godzilla! Billy ;))

Peace*

Fan Yang said...

chinese and french eat everything, and we create the best cousines in the world...like in arts - less fear, more possibilities. ;)

Aziz said...

I just love Chicken Sweet Corn Soup and Cream of Chicken soup. I like Tomato Soup too! Actually I must admit that I am a really very foody person. But I am sorry to say I just felt like vomiting after reading the list of ingredients you use for the soups. Yuck....

IEAT_SNOWMANPOOP said...

mmm pig instestines... gross

Thats something I don't want know if that is what I am eating. Cause then I won't want it..lol

Xerendipity said...

My favorite sort of Chinese soup is "congee". Rice soup with eggs and all those stuff! It's what my mom served during the Holy week. Here's what I mean:

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Stella S. said...

I love the pictures. hummm...there're yummy. Keep it up! ;)

xsharez said...

Very interesting!

Yemi said...

I live in China and I love the soups here. I like to "drink" my soups, not eat them. Your post made me want to go out and get some.

Blogger had been blocked for a couple of months and then all of a sudden they decided to unblock it. So I came by to catch up.

I enjoyed reading your posts.

BundaWAH said...

Nice post, I enjoyed reading it.
My family have the same habit - eating soup every day, but we have not the same ingridients. Our mainly are mixed veggies (at least 5 different veggies). very good for body and mind.

Opal said...

I love soups both thick and clear. I'm actually making a clear soup later todya.

Anonymous said...

many thanks visiting my blog...your blog is sweet --I love soup and this makes me hungry

Nasra

Sinead H said...

Great post! My mouth was watering - until you listed the ingredients!! :) But I must say, I'm Irish and Chinese food in general is just delicious, very hard to beat...

Woogie said...

very kewel...yummmm! looks awesome!

Thomas Hamburger Jnr said...

It's great to see customs being maintained. You've got a great blog here, my friend.

Long may you blog!

Kind Regards

THJnr

Edward said...

Godd blog that you have. Care for a link exchange? I like your blog very unique.

MeltingWok said...

Hey there, hop over from mybloglog, you got a great blog :)I second that about chinese soups. Funny thing that you mention chicken feet, and fish balls, I did a detox soup post with these 2 ingredients my watercress, goji berries, and figs sometime back & its great. Perhaps you could cook that for your son next time, minus the intestines & all haha.. You could look it up under the soup section in my blog. Cheers !:)

kokwah said...

I am impressed. Great son with a good father. Hopefully our tradition will continue by our next genration.

Sheliza said...

This is a great story and I can truly appreciate your need to keep tradition alive. The world is so different than it was when we were growing up and the little things are what is most important. Enjoy your son and enjoy your soup together! Cheers.

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MoonDanzer said...

okay I am so pleased that you invited me to exchange links. However, I am so new to all of this that I don't know how to do it. When I added you as a link...it showed up as a new posting at the top of my page. So please help. Definitely a newbie here and can use all the links and new friends that I can meet.

Razzle said...

I think it is hard for parents to ensure thier kids maintain thier culture and traditions, especially with children who want to fit in with thier classmates. Sounds like you are off to a good start, and remember if one day he starts wanting Campbells, he will eventually find his way back to his roots as he gets older.

seev said...

Very interesting soups. Great source of information.

Anna said...

Very interesting... but can I stick with the Campbell's lol.

Hope things are going well! Take care;

Anna

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Perfect Radiance said...

The photo (second one) looks yummy! But not so much the ingredients list. I've been making my favorite Pho Ga soup.