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December 09, 2010

A Snowball In My Soup

The first time I saw snow years ago I was so fascinated by it like a child in neverland. It was white Christmas for me at last. I rolled in it and threw some snowballs with friends and tasted one when nobody was looking. This time I would like to eat it with my soup. Daikon is my first choice to resemble snow because it's white and soft when cooked. I carved some to show you.
The daikon is an Oriental radish that is mild in flavor. A favorite for pickling,soups and its seeds are also sprouted for salad or garnishing. The consistency of the jicama can be compared to the daikon but becomes soft when cooked long. It is actually easier to carve than most vegetables because of its water content.
Here are two carvings still attached to the root. Don't they look good enough to eat already? They still have to be boiled of course.
Here's how you make the soup. Boil 3 cups of good unsalted chicken broth +1 cup water. Then put a Thai bouquet garni of ginger, green tamarind,lemon grass,stalk and leaf, kafir lime leaf and cilantro sprig. 10 minutes of boiling would have already infused the flavors.

Fish out the bouquet garni and crush. One tamarind gives mild tartness. Crush both for more sour taste. Add a cup of the hot soup, stir and strain the liquid back into the pot. Season with salt or fish sauce to taste.

Add daikon and boil for 5 minutes and then simmer for at least 15 or until very soft. Then serve.
If making snowballs is too hard for you. You can always make ice cubes. Enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. That is amaaaaaaaaazing, you have done a fantastic job. Can I come to dinner? Diane

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  2. WOW! I really love these snow balls, absolutely beautiful.

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  3. Wooow! They're amazing - I like your snow balls ;)

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  4. Wow!!The snow balls is amazing! Your cooking is an art presentation!

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  5. I can't believe you are so artist...that's incredible!!!!

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  6. You are a wonderful artist. Nice craving. Soup looks so delicious. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a wonderful space here.

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  7. Mai visto prima, è un vegetale o una radice??
    Beh, però l'aspetto è davvero invitante, complimenti, mi hai incuriosito!!

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  8. You're so creative! Love that beautiful snow balls, looks yummy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. See you again soon..

    http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

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  9. wow...that looks awesome....loved it...

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  10. These snow balls render me speechless! I was wondering if you give classes? I have always been interested in carving as an art.

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  11. Thank you for your inspiring comments. I really value them. I used to teach in two cooking academies but I got tired because everybody wants everything easy and instant. Now I just do these for friends once in a while. I always tell them to make things at home first and see what their guests say. Cheers!

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  12. Oh that is so the coolest thing I have seen lately!

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  13. Ciao Arthur, thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog is wonderful! Complimenti! You are a super artist :D. Mai assaggiato il daikon! Le tue snowball e i tuoi ice cube sono deliziosi.Ciaoooooooo! See youuuuu! ;D

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  14. LOVE Daikon with my Salmon Sashimi! This is awesome once again! So many things you could do with this - so many directions to go...

    I think I am a cube girl though!

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  15. This is pure talent.Would have loved if you posted some pictures of how you went about the carving !! Looks fab!
    -Tanvi

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  16. My goodness! How long did it take you to do those snowballs?! It's so lovely and don't think I'd want to eat it, I just want to stare at it the whole day! I think the ice cubes are more my speed :P

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  17. love those snow balls... makes the soup look very pretty!

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  18. ¡Eres un artista!

    ¡Cuánta paciencia!

    Nunca había visto nada parecido en una sopa

    Abrazos

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  19. Gosh, you never stop amazing me.
    This is food taken to a very high level ♥

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  20. You ARE like Michelangelo!! Love your site!

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  21. Once more, you amaze me with your art! Spectacular!

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  22. Oh my goodness, these snowballs are amazing! I don't think I would have enough patience to make these but I know I could handle the ice cubes. :)

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  23. OMG these snow balls look so good. I remember my first time seeing the know, I almost was mad with happiness. Unfortunately, I live in a place where I never see snow and tht has increased my love for snows ever so much.

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