A good friend cooks lunch for me sometimes. Scratch that, she’s a very good friend. And a good cook! Malaysian, she has several standard recipes that I have never thought to even imagine. She whips them up like it is nothing, and my taste buds sing. One such meal was a soup with shrimp, noodles, veggies, and a hard-boiled egg. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to have it again. After begging her for the recipe, she just shrugged and said it’s all in the paste.
Imagine my elation when she presented me with the paste one day. She had asked her visiting mother to bring some from Malaysia, and she shared a precious packet with me. Of course, this called for a special occasion. I couldn’t just simmer it up on a Tuesday. No, it had to be celebrated with a good friend. Ali would love it, I was sure.
Well, my soup didn’t quite turn out like my friend’s. She has a magic touch, I’m convinced. But it was still quite yummy! Ali did end up loving it, to my utter glee. Even Maddie had a few bites! Of course, Riley and Story didn’t touch it. That’s fine. The meals are for us moms anyway. Good food, good friends, good weather — what a wonderful evening.
- Packet of prawn paste
- Udon or other noodle of choice
- Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked
- Bok choy
- Boil eggs and set aside.
- Cook prawn paste into a soup according to directions on package.
- Add shrimp to the soup.
- Wash and roughly chop the bok choy.
- Cook noodles according to directions and place a serving in each bowl.
- Add the bok choy and a hardboiled egg to the bowls.
- Pour soup with shrimp over the the noodles in the bowls.