Winter comfort soup loaded with asparagus and crab meat. Family friendly and elegant enough for a party, staying in on a cold night.
Chinese New Year was last Saturday but the celebration still continues for the next two weeks. If you have China Town in where you live, you must have spotted red and gold, and lanterns all around. It ‘s so festive and that’s what I’ve been doing since last weekend. It was an endless eating throughout the weekend from one side of family to another. I should not complain except that my waist line gets a few more inches during this time of year. And oh, did you catch the Mooncake Ice Cream I made the other day? It’s so easy to make and everyone’s favorites. I mean, it’s ice cream…who can say no to that, right? And here’s a how-to video so you can see how easy it is to make and it only requires 2 ingredients.
One of my favorites dishes during the Chinese New Year is this Crab & Asparagus Soup. It is considered a high-end soup because it is only available on special occasions, like weddings or anniversaries. My mom makes this from time to time at home, especially on New Year. This soup is so easy and comforting. It’s such a perfect combination for the cold weather too. I am using white asparagus for this recipe, instead of green so it creates an elegant ivory color and milder in flavor in comparison to green asparagus. It’s pretty rare to spot fresh white asparagus since they are usually only around in the spring. In this recipe, I use a canned variety.
The big difference between white and green asparagus is that white asparagus is grown underground. Thus, it doesn’t produce chlorophyll and has slightly milder-tasting spears than green asparagus. Another main ingredient for this soup is fresh crab meat. Not every store has fresh crab, especially when we are not in crabbing season. Luckily, there’s canned crab meat that is usually available in many grocery stores. Be sure to use real crab meat and not imitation crab.
This Crab & Asparagus Soup adapts a Chinese-style egg-drop technique, swirling mild broth with wisps of egg. The process takes less than 30 minute to make this comforting soup. If you have never tried white asparagus, I hope you will take advantage of this recipe to try it out.
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