Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fusion Alphabet Soup

     Fun Fusion Food!
     Many fusion chefs make the mistake of continually challenging customers with complex flavor combinations, which results in a decline in customer comfort.  Experienced chefs realize that the average customer only seeks comforts, especially when times are tough.
     "You do not put the whole alphabet of ingredients in a soup to make it good!  Keep it simple!"  Old veteran pro cooks often express this ideology to young cooks that are learning the trade.  More ingredients and more complex does not always equal customer satisfaction.  Keeping sight of the original food creation idea and not adding excess ingredients or garnishes is a discipline in itself.
     For today's soup recipe, adding the entire alphabet is actually a necessity!  Where does Fusion Alphabet Soup fit in with the fusion cuisine trend?  Fusion comfort food!
     A few chefs in Las Vegas actually specialize in fusion comfort food and they have built a loyal clientele base.  These chefs have adapted Asian ingredients to average American diner restaurant food and customers like the level of comfort that this cuisine provides.  Items like Asian Style Beef Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Chicken Bulgogi Lasagna are easy for customers to imagine, so a customer's level of comfort is not challenged.
     Soup is a great medium for creating fusion comfort food, because there are so many classic soups that have a reputation for providing comfort.  There are even a few canned soup products that home cooks rely on when comfort is needed.  Canned Alphabet Soup happens to be at the top of the list, especially when the cold and flu season arrives.
     Many people have fond memories of Alphabet Soup from childhood.  Spelling words and messages with the letter shaped pasta is a great way to have fun with food.  Fusion Alphabet Soup adds a comfortable twist to fusion cuisine, which is kind of entertaining.  Fusion cuisine should not leave a customer in a state of confusion.  Fusion cuisine is not a classic cuisine.  Fusion food is a trend and trendy food should be fun!
     Table manners?  Nightmarish memories of parents saying, "How many times have I told you not to play with your food?" do have an impact on an adult's life.  As far as table manners are concerned, just throw the rule book out the window, because it is okay to play with your food when eating Fusion Alphabet Soup!

     Fusion Alphabet Soup:
     This recipe yields about 4 1/4 cups.  (2 large portions)
     There are no tricky techniques involved in making this soup.  This is simply a one pot boiled soup!
     Alphabet Noodles can be found in some grocery stores and Latin food markets.  
     Step 1:  Place 3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth in a sauce pot.
     Place the pot over medium high heat.
     Bring the liquid to a boil.
     Step 2:  Add 1 clove of minced garlic.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of minced ginger.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered galangal.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground Szechuan Pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of white pepper.
     Add sea salt to taste.
     Step 3:  Add 1/4 cup of Imported Italian canned crushed tomato.
     Add 1/3 cup of each of these vegetables:
     - sliced small carrot dimes
     - small chopped green pepper
     - sliced celery
     - diced onion
     - diced potato.
     Add 1 thin sliced large shiitake mushroom.
     Add 6 thin slices of lotus root.
     Add 1 cup of chopped Napa cabbage.
     Step 4:  Return the liquid to a boil.
     Step 5:  Reduce the temperature medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of thin soy sauce.
     Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil.
     Simmer till the vegetables are tender.  Allow the volume of the soup to reduce to about 4 1/4 cups.
     Step 6:  Add 1/3 cup of uncooked alphabet shaped pasta.
     Simmer and occasionally stir, till the pasta is fully cooked.
     Step 7:  Add a few fresh snow peas that are cut into bite size pieces.
     Simmer the soup for 1 more minute.
     Step 8:  Ladle the soup into a bowl.
     Float a few cilantro leaves on the soup.
     Float 1 thin slice of lime on the soup.

     This vegetarian Fusion Alphabet Soup spells comfort and fun in any language!

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