I grew up in Northeast of Thailand, where it was separated and cut out from the sea. The first time I saw the sea was on a family trip when I was really young. I didn’t remember when or any other details about the trip but the great, grand, glorious view that took my breath away and tattooed in my memory forever.
It was a love at first sight. The smell, the breeze, the sand, the never-ending placid, everything was so mesmerizing.
My mother recently sent me a seaweed soup recipe so incredible it made us feel like picnic by the sea. It was refreshing, warm, sultry, healthy and comforting, made with seaweed, fish balls, mushroom and dried moonflower. This seaweed soup recipe, according to my mother, has a special medicinal value for purifying blood and strengthening your immunity system.
These ingredients might seem unusual and rare to find. Dried seaweed, dried moonflower and dried shiitake mushroom are usually available in Asian gourmet store. I got mine from Tesco Lotus, Thailand. They can be store for a really long time and great for so many dishes.
Fish Ball Soup with Seaweed, Moonflower and Shitake Mushroom
Ingredients: (4 servings)
200 gm ground fish
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
6-8 pieces of dried shiitake mushroom
20 gm dried moonflower
20 gm dried seaweed
20 gm dried bean thread noodle
4 cup fish stock or vegetable stock
- Add salt and white pepper in ground fish. Mix well with your hand and form bite size fish balls.
- Soak dried shiitake mushroom, seaweed, moonflower, and bean thread noodle separately for 10 minutes. Rise and keep aside.
- Bring fish stock or vegetable stock to boil. Add mushroom, moonflower, and seaweed. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add bean thread noodle and fish balls. Cook further for 3-5 minutes or until the fish balls cooked thoroughly and the noodle becomes soft and translucent.
- Check the seasoning and serve hot.
The seaweed soup was really simple to make. It was the ingredients that brought everything together. The seaweed carried the freshness flavor of the sea, and the fish balls were sweet and soft. I had come to like the taste and texture of moon flower. In soup, it’s so tender and soaked with earthy, grassy aroma. If you are a vegetarian, skip the fish balls and use silky tofu instead.