Fresh crayfish soup - thai style

Crayfish soup - thai style

Finally a post about food and in this case awesome fresh seafood!  Having a background in hospitality (many years ago) the one thing I have an appreciation for is good food and this is where my interest in food photography started many years ago.  One of the things I enjoyed teaching the most to my students was food styling and all the tricks involved with getting a great looking food photo.  Unfortunately, this post is not a lengthy post about technique of food photography (in fact I wish I had taken more time to get a better photo in this instance) - it is a quick post about an afternoon this week where I decided to quickly drive to the coast, swim about 400-500m offshore and pick up a couple of crayfish (lobsters) and then cook them into a thai style soup.

The weather at the beginning of the week was perfect - little to no wind, ok visibility in the water and a slight swell so I had to make a quick detour in my normal day.  After swimming for at least 400-500m I eventually found an outcrop of rocks that looked like great crayfish territory, however all I could find were crayfish just a little undersize.  Eventually after another hour or so I stumbled across another lonesome rock in the middle of now where which was going to bring me a little more success.  After several free dives I eventually grabbed enough to make a great meal and headed home.

 

Painted Crayfish - Photo taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 12-50mm lens in Macro mode with external FL-600R flash

Photo taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 12-50mm lens in Macro mode with external FL-600R flash

It wasn’t long and an awesome spicy coconut crayfish was waiting to be served.  Here is the recipe that I created many years ago for this meal.

Spicy Coconut Lobster Soup

 2 -3 lobster/crayfish tails (meat removed)


2cm piece of fresh Galangal (diced finely)


3cm piece of fresh ginger (cut according to taste - dice or slice)


2-3tbsp of fish sauce
Juice of 2 to 3 limes (adjust according to taste)


1 red chili (according to taste)


3 or 4 Kaffir lime leaves


Zest of half a lime
3 bruised lemon grass stalks


Fresh ground black pepper (maybe 1/2 tsp)
1 - 2 X 400ml tins of coconut milk (lite is ok) or fresh coconut milk is better


3 - 4 cups water (you will need to adjust accordingly to the consistency that you prefer)


1 small packet of wide flat rice noodles (pad thai or vermicili if you prefer a finer noodle)


Roots of 6 coriander plants


All the leaves of 3 coriander plants (added at the end immediately prior to serving)


1/2 onion (optional)


Handful of sweet basil leaves sliced finely (optional as well)


4 shallots cut finely (optional)

I also threw some grated carrot in which I had left over from something else and it worked well. Just remember a recipe is merely a guide to how to cook something it is an exact process that will work in the same way for everyone.

Spicy Coconut Lobster Soup - Photo taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 17.5mm Voigtlander lens

 

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