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Two Peas and Their Pod: Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Soup

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Soup

Josh's favorite word is BOK CHOY! One time when we were still dating, we went grocery shopping and he spotted bok choy in the produce section. He insisted on yelling out, "Do you know what my favorite vegetable is??? Well, it is BOK CHOY!!" I wish you could hear how he says it. He gets a kick out of it. Of course he made a scene and kept repeating the word, but I humored him and laughed:)

Well, Josh hasn't forgotten that word. It i
s still his favorite, so when we saw this recipe I knew we would be making it. Yes, it looked good but to have the chance to purchase and say BOK CHOY all night long, that was the real reason for making this soup!

I know we are on a soup kick lately but we just love it, especially when it is chilly here! This one has a fun Asian twist. I love the mushrooms and bok choy...the broth is also nice. It isn't too heavy and the noodles are fun to slurp:) If you h
ave an Asian market close by, go there for the ingredients! It is a fun experience and the items are MUCH cheaper!!

We also made vegetable and shrimp dumplings
for an appetizer. It was my first time working with won ton wrappers. I am in love!! What a fun appetizer to make!

Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Noodle Bowl

Adapted from Rachael Ray

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 turns of the pan
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 inches ginger root, peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks or grated
1/2 pound shiitake mushroom caps, sliced, a couple of cups
1 medium bok choy, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces, then cut sticks lengthwise
Salt and pepper
1 quart chicken broth
1 cup seafood stock, available on soup aisle or, 1 cup clam juice
1 1/2 pounds medium peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 pound vermicelli (thin spaghetti)
4 scallions, cut into 3 inch pieces, then shredded lengthwise into thin sticks

Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil, 3 turns of the pan, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, and bok choy, then season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and seafood stock or clam juice. Put a lid on the pot and bring soup to a boil.

Add shrimp and noodles and cook 3 minutes. Add in scallions and cook 2 minutes, then turn off soup and let it sit 2 to 3 minutes more. Adjust salt and serve.

Vegetable Shrimp Dumplings

Adapted from Rachael Ray


10 shrimp, thawed, peeled, deveined, chopped
10-15 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
3 scallions, white and light green parts only, finely chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
1.5 cups of napa cabbage, shredded and finely chopped
3 Tablespoons lite soy sauce
1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
15 wonton wrappers
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce. We purchased one from an Asian market.

1. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, mushrooms, scallions, red pepper, cabbage, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, add the vegetable mixture and cook until tender, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl and let cool.

3. Brush one wonton wrapper with water and place 1 heaping teaspoon filling in the center. Fold the wrapper into a triangle, squeeze out the air and press the edges together to seal, wetting the dough if necessary to make it stick. Pinch together the two corners of the folded edge. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.

4. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches, add the dumplings and boil until cooked through, about 3 minutes after the water returns to a boil. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve with dipping sauces.

You can double this to make more. It was just the two of us so we sized it down!

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Blogger Dee said...

I love your dumplings - in Malaysia they're called Sui Kow. I always chicken out and buy, but you make it seem so easy. Should I, hmm...

Bok Choy is a really nice word, isn't it?

6:18 AM  
Blogger Nicole and Abe said...

Looks so yummy. I love getting recipes off your site and using them. We are coming to Utah Dec. 20-Jan 3rd. So we can see each other! We will have to go on a double date :) Miss you!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Your pictures are great! I can almost feel the steam coming off the soup.

6:42 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

We should all run through the grocery store and shout BOK CHOY at the same time. Ready? I'll meet you there.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Finla said...

Wow i love ths whole lot, the soup and the dumplings.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Maria, there's not a false note in your meal. This is incredible!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

What a wonderful meal. Your pictures are making my mouth water.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Well, I KNOW that you two have the best soup recipes, so I can't wait to try this one. And those dumplings look like they are TO DIE FOR!!!!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh yum! What a great soup! I need to make this! Your dumplings look soooo good too!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Both dishes look terribly yummy! I enjoy all kinds of Asian food! A wondeful meal!



7:38 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Looks like an absolutely fabulous dinner that we be perfect for these cold days we have been having!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

I can't believe you have the time for all that. It doesn't look easy, but sure looks good.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

My hubby says phyllo dough over and over again because it's fun to say and he thinks it's a funny word, so I can relate with you! The dumplings look really tasty. Great looking meal!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Josh said...


9:01 AM  
Blogger Kathy Seed said...

Tjhat's my boy,
Josh is so funny and always coming up with hilarious stuff. Life will never be dull with that boy! He has been that way since he was a baby!
I love him and am so happy that he found his wonderful Maria and that they are having so fun and quality time together in the kitchen. Love you two!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I have never even had bok choy before - what a pity!! And I really wish there was an Asian market near me down here in Utah county. Sometimes I wish I lived a little further north!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I WILL be making this soup. And I can imagine the laughter between the 2 of you over the Bok Choy. My husband & I had this over Weiner Schnitzel when we went away one weekend and ate it for the first time. We just couldn't stop saying it and it NEVER got old. Hah.

I love wonton wrappers and actually took some out of the freezer last night.

9:25 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

What a wonderful meal. The soup looks like something I would make and the dumplings - they are on my wishlist of things to make for the first time.
What a great idea to use wonton wrappers. One of the reasons I have been putting off making them is the dough factor. Wonton wrappers would definitely take the fear out for me.
(I am with you on the Asian markets - we try to hit one once a month - so much less expensive, plus interesting new things to try.)

9:28 AM  
Blogger priscilla joy said...

what a fun word ---i have never heard of it before and that soup looks yummy!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Josh is your... kid, right? Ha ha ha. I'm just teasing :) I feel the same way about the word "Pellagra." But it's not really a nice word like Bok Choy, hee hee.
I don't need to be called twice when there's "spicy shrimp" in the name of the recipe! :)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Dee-Thanks for the tid bit of info!

Nicole-I can't wait to see you!

Blonde Duck-You crack me up like always!

Cathy-I am so glad you loved the black bean soup. Give this one a go!

Deborah-You need to come up to SLC to explore! There are some great spots up here!

Live Love Eat-Funny story and great idea to freeze won ton wrappers. I have lots leftover.

Natashya-Try the wonton wrappers! They are amazing!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Oh, Maria! Everything here looks absolutely to die for! I would love some soup and some of those dumplings, please! I think I might give the soup a try soon. It's starting to get cooler here, and that's the best time for soup.

11:00 AM  
Blogger marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

oooh these look so delicious

12:45 PM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

I am amazed at how much cooking you do. Where do you find the time? Well, this soup is my kind of warming-to-the-bone soup. I love this and will try this for my own.
You're lucky your hubby loves bok choy, mine hates it. LOL

1:30 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

i went to leave you a comment and had to scroll down past the 100s of others people are leaving for you guys! you should totally look into blogher or ads on your site. you guys could be the next dooce!! :)

p.s. i like 'jicama'.

2:17 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

The soup looks super healthy and the dumplings are making my mouth water!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

I'm with Josh on the Bok Choy!
Love the steamy soup photos...

4:50 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

it's funny b/c i'm asian and i don't eat a lot of asian food...not b/c i don't like it, but b/c i am more comfortable cooking italian, mexican, etc. i often don't have the ingredients on hand, like the bok choy, etc.

i wish i could have been there for that meal, it looks delicious!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Daziano said...

Oh my God! This looks SO good!!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Wow, you guys have quite the Asian flair. The dumplings and soup are perfect :)

Do you know Brain Reagan the comedian. Screaming Bok Choy is something he would do... hilarious.

If I had a funny vegetable it would have to be rutabaga... say that and not laugh, I dare you :)

7:23 PM  
Blogger Vera said...

Everything looks delicious, Maria!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Your sight makes me drool and so hungry! Everything looks sooooo good!

10:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

great flavorful soup you have there... :)

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I'm SOOO jealous of your meal. I LOVE shimp soups with mushrooms and I love bok choy. And seriously, who doesn't LOVE dumplings?? Looks great!

5:03 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Looks like a wonderful asian stlye comfort food meal...know what I mean bok choy? ;-)

5:31 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Maria I was laughing reading this, it's the sort of madness my hubby and I do when we like the sound of a

That soup looks really good and I've never had BOK CHOY!


7:55 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

I love Bok Choy too, and the soup looks fabulous.

2:19 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

The soup looks great. I like the sound of using bok choy in a soup.

7:06 PM  
Blogger grace said...

that is a fun little name, isn't it! perhaps a good name for a pet. :)
your creations here look extremely comforting--good for bracing oneself against the cold. :)

5:18 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I love shrimp and bok choy! What a wonderful soup!

Love your blog! I am going to go add you to my blogroll!

10:06 AM  
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6:07 PM  

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