Thai Sukiyaki Soup (Suki Nam) สุกี้นำ้

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“Sukiyaki” is a Japanese hotpot, but Thai people have taken the idea and created our own version of this hotpot with a bold flavoured sauce that better matches our palates. Not only that, we have created 3 different ways you can have sukiyaki (or just “suki” as we call it in Thailand)!

In this video I show you “suki nam” which is the kind of suki we have most often at our home. “Suki nam” is basically taking all the ingredients of the hot pot, and rather than the table-top cooking, we turn them into ready-to-eat individual bowls of noodle soup. A lazy man/woman hot pot is what I like to call it! The key is in the sauce whose flavour is so unique I cannot compare it to any other food. The only way to experience it is to try!


INGREDIENTS

Amounts Per 1 Serving (simply scale up to however many people you’re serving)

  • 1 cup chicken stock or pork stock, unsalted
  • 20 g dry glass noodles
  • 1 cup chopped napa cabbage
  • 1 cup water spinach (or regular spinach)
  • A small handful chopped Chinese celery or sliced regular celer
  • 2 fresh shiitake mushrooms or other Asian mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • ~75g of protein of your choice (I usually do chicken breast)
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 Tbsp of Thai sukiyaki sauce (recipe below)

Thai Sukiyaki Sauce (makes 1 cup)

  • 4 Red bean curd cubes (see video for more info on this item)
  • 2 Tbsp red bean curd juice
  • Thai chilies, to taste (I put 2)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Sriracha, for dipping sauce (see note)

Note: Some people like to serve a dipping sauce on the side to dip meat and veggies in as they eat. To make the dipping sauce, simply mix some suki sauce with sriracha using a ratio of about 2 parts suki sauce 1 part sriracha, and use Thai Sriracha if possible.

Marinated Chicken (serves 4-5)

  • 350 g chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch




INSTRUCTIONS

Make sauce: (If possible, make the sauce at least 30 mins in advance to allow flavours to mingle.) Pound garlic and chilies into a paste, add sugar and grind some more till sugar is dissolved. Add sesame seeds and crush gently (I did not do this in the video but I recommend it to get more flavour out of the sesame seeds). Add bean curd cubes and mash. Add bean curd juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and stir to mix. Stir in some chopped cilantro.

Tip: You can make the sauce in advance and keep it in your fridge so it’ll be ready for you. To make sure your sauce lasts a long time, do not add cilantro, and bring the sauce to a full boil to kill off bacteria. Place in an airtight container, let cool at room temp and then store in the fridge. This should last you at least 3 weeks. Add cilantro when ready to use.

Make Dipping Sauce (optional): Set aside an amount of the suki sauce you will use for the soup (you’ll need 2-3 Tbsp per serving), then with whatever is left, stir in about 30% Sriracha—this is your dipping sauce. 

Marinate chicken: (Do this at least 20 mins before serving and up to 1 day in advance) Combine meat with soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil and toss to thoroughly combine. Add egg white and cornstarch and mix well to combine. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes

Assemble:

Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add vegetables and blanch 1 minutes or just until done. Remove with a spider and distribute into serving bowls. 

Bring broth back to a boil, add glass noodles and cook for about 2 minutes; remove with a mesh skimmer and distribute into serving bowls. NOTE: If you’re not using glass noodles, cook them separately in boiling water. Unlike glass noodles, rice or wheat noodles tend to release a lot of starch into the water as they cook, which will make your broth starchy and unappetizing.

Bring stock to a boil again, then add marinated meat and spread it out so the pieces are not clumping together and let cook until almost done. Add the egg and quickly stir it into the soup. Remove from heat and distribute the soup and protein into serving bowls. Top each bowl with sauce (as much as you like), and enjoy!

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