It’s probably going to rain for the next few days and it rained for the whole day yesterday (causing floods and destruction) so it was a cold, cold and wet day. The best thing to do on a rainy day is to have a huge feast of some home made, home cooked healthy, wholesome steamboat!
The best part about having a steamboat meal is that we do not even need any cooking skills! Heheheh…however, if you want a tasty base soup, you will need to boil a huge pot of soup first.
Usually, we’d boil the soup over several hours in the day before using it for the soup base for steamboat. Since, we normally have steamboat meals during dinner, it is best to prepare the soup around noon.
Here’s a simple recipe:
Soup Base for Steamboat Recipe
2 whole chicken bones (carcasses), best to remove the fat and thoroughly clean it out
3 stalks spring onions
1. Heat up a potful of water till it boils.
2. Add in the chicken carcasses and spring onions. Add in seasoning of a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of sugar.
3. Let the soup simmer over low heat for up to 3 hours.
The soup is now ready for the simplest, easiest meal of steamboat! Just remember to stock up on loads of fresh, raw ingredients to place into the steamboat. You can use an electric cooker for the steamboat.
Raw food you can prepare for the steamboat:
Green, leafy vegetables
Deboned chicken fillet, sliced thinly
Fish fillet (best to use red snapper or garoupa)
A variety of fish balls
Button mushrooms, sliced
Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
Golden Needle Mushrooms
Cuttlefish, sliced thinly
Squid, sliced thinly
Boiled quail’s eggs
Sea cucumber mushrooms, sliced
Now, for the feast!
You just need to pour the hot soup into the cooker, turn on the power to high and then dump in some of the raw food such as prawns, chicken, fish balls, crabs and mushrooms. Cover it and let it come to a boil and everything will be cooked and ready to eat! You can now start scooping out the ingredients and the soup together.
If you can’t do without some carbs, prepare some noodles and vermicelli to dip into the hot boiling soup and you will have your very own noodles / vermicelli soup.
Just repeat the process with the rest of the ingredients. Steamboat meals take a lot of time so it is great to spend time with family or friends while having this meal. Remember not to overcook the squids and cuttlefish or else you’d end up with rubbery treats. You will find that at the end of the meal, the soup would have taken on a thick consistency and the taste, absolutely out-of-this-world. That’s why the soup base for the steamboat does not need much seasoning!
Enjoy the steamboat feast.