Apparently it is officially winter in Bangkok. The Thailand Meteorological Department declared that winter began on October 23 this year. I need to start looking around for my sweaters.
In honor of winter, we decided to cook winter foods this weekend: Thai-style vegetable soup and chocolate chip cookies.
Whereas for salads you need the best, farm fresh veggies available, for soup, you just need reasonably good quality veggies. In my humble opinion.
So we didn’t make the long trek to the farmers market this weekend, we ordered our veggies from Honest Bee. Honest Bee is an incredible food delivery service in Bangkok where you can go online and order what you need, anything from carrots to pizza pans to shampoo, and it shows up at your door a few hours later. We ordered a huge variety of vegetables for our soup and everything we needed to make my special salted tahini chocolate chip cookies. The bees gathered it all up and motor biked it to our flat.
What makes Thai vegetable soup different from regular vegetable soup you may wonder? Well, I think you can guess the answer. It’s the spice!
I started by grinding up peppercorns and shallots in my stone mortar (a different one than my wooden som tum mortar). They have the most incredible peppercorns in Southeast Asia because they grow pepper here and it is fresh and extra spicy.
Once I had the spices ground up, I added them to chicken broth. Then we threw in pumpkin, baby corns, mushrooms, tomatoes and bok choy. To complete our Thai-style soup we added fresh Thai basil, chili paste and fish sauce. This made our soup smell and taste extra delicious. Just what you need to beat back the “chill” of Bangkok winter where the temperatures dip down into the low 80s (Fahrenheit). Brr!
Then it was on to the cookies. I make a special variety that uses tahini and salt as well as chocolate chips. This combination makes them salty, sweet and a little bit nutty. Because it’s Thai winter now, I also threw in some chili flakes to warm things up.
Let’s see what Uncle Richard had to say about the cookies.
And what does Auntie Krista think of the spicy soup?
It was really, REALLY spicy!!!!