Broken Spaghetti in Soup with Potato and Broccoli

I went for a friend’s birthday party last Saturday, we had dinner at this local restaurant inside this wet market in North Point. The food was amazing, we ate some seafood, like deep fried oyster, steam clams with eggs, and etc. Then, we went for karaoke and of course we drunk a lot, whiskey mixed water or green tea. I don’t know what went wrong, but my stomach started to feel bad since then. Not sure if because of the seafood or the ice is not clean for the drinks.

Anyway, my stomach started to feel slightly better yesterday, I was craving for this pasta in soup every time I don’t feel well. It’s kind of light, not that heavy and rich, and in soup that comforts you and keeps you warm. Very simple and easy to handle, see if you like to try it out.

The ingredients are very simple too, broccoli, potatoes, spaghetti and chicken broth. Boil a pot of hot water, chop the potatoes and broccoli in small cubes. Bring the hot water to boil, then put some olive oil and chicken broth or condensed chicken stock in, then add potatoes first, let them cook until half way done. Then, add broccoli and cook for few 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the broken spaghetti in and cook until it’s done, cooking time can refer to the package. Season with some salt as a final touch. You can also cook this with chicken meat in cubes too, if you think this is too vegetarian.

Serve the pasta with black pepper, you can also add some more flavours as you like. I like to add some red chilli pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, dry parsley and more olive oil on top.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Chicken Soup for my sick Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I really wish everyone having a great day! To me, Valentine’s Day is a bit too commercialise, all the retailers are pushing to sell more for valentine’s gift. A dozen of roses costed HKD2,380, something like USD300, way too much!  If today is about love, we should just love our love, do something nice together and enjoy the time being together.

Unfortunately, my husband is sick today, still sick. He has been sick for few days already, and he is really craving for chicken soup, he said that’s what he used to have all the time when he was sick back in Germany. The one he was showing me, is actually an instant soup with pasta, I am just thinking how good can a can soup be? Why don’t I cook a real chicken soup? By the way, it will be impossible to find that German can soup here in Hong Kong.

I found it funny that how westerners see chicken soup compare to Chinese. For us, if we catch a flu, Chinese doctor will tell us not to have chicken, and chicken soup for sure is not good. But for westerners, chicken soup is something that you should have when you catch a flu or having fever, because chicken soup can help you to boost your immune system. I really don’t understand why Westerners and Chinese have such a big difference towards chicken, my husband said maybe because we do have a lot of problem with chicken, such as bird flu, I am not sure if that is the reason.

So, the chicken soup with pasta ended up so tasty and my husband loves it. Hope he will feel better tomorrow. The ingredients of the chicken soup are: first of all, of course the chicken! I was struggling with getting the whole chicken or just using chicken pieces, so I ended up with the whole chicken just because I found this Danish chicken at the supermarket. It will be difficult if I have to cook the soup with the local Chinese chicken, as they are all so skinny and boney. Vegetables are also important for this soup, onion, celery and carrot, as well as leek; spices are also important, as that help you to open up your nose, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and allspice. You also need herbs: chopped rosemary and parsley, get some garlic, jalapeños and red chilli pepper as well.

Chop everything and get ready, I also remove the skin of the chicken, because I think it’s better. Make sure you have a pot is big enough, because with everything in will take up lots of space. Heat up the pot with olive oil, fry the onion, celery and carrot until they start to sweat, cut the whole chicken into four big pieces and place them in the pot. Put all the herbs and spices in the pot, except parsley and leek. Pour water inside the pot that covering all ingredients and let it boil, then switch to low heat and let it boil for 90 minutes. After one and a half hour, take out the chicken, and you need to debone the chicken. It will be super easy because the meat will become so tender and so easy to remove. The only thing is too hot! You can use two forks to get that done easily. At the same time, you can boil a pot of hot water and boil the shell pasta and get it ready. Place all chicken meat back into the soup, and put the leek and parsley. I guess now you can switch off the stove. About the pasta, you can do it in two ways, either you pour everything in the soup, but they will grow and become bigger and bigger later on; or you can leave them aside, only mix them with the soup when you eat them, so they don’t soak up all the soup. Serve the soup with a squeeze of lemon juice to add some freshness and vitamin C as well.

I am happy that my husband already feel a lot better after having the soup! Happy Valentine’s Day 😉