Fragrant Beef Soup

May 18, 2010

Mornings and nights are getting colder as we gear ourselves to welcome winter months... nice wholesome hot soup (plus chillies) .... is simply wonderful :).
Note: Need to exercise some precaution when cooking thus eating this meal... I was using 2 bird's eye chilli but the heat was so overpowering... even I could feel the 'chilli burning sensation...' ...let alone my little Miss E ... who can't take any spicy food at all.. :(
  • 500g beef tortellini or ravioli
  • 1 litre beef stock (or 1 1/2 litre of water with 2 cubes of Massel Beef Style Stock)
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass - sliced lengthways
  • 2 red birdseye chillies
  • 200g mushroom - thinly sliced
  • 150g baby spinach
Place 1 litre of stock with 2 cups of water, lemongrass and chillies in a large saucepan. bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. You have the option of removing the lemongrass and chillies or as I prefer to leave them in.. to let the flavour fuse in with the tortellini. Add tortellini and mushroom, cover and return to a gentle boil for 6 to 7 minutes until the pasta is tender. Lastly add spinach and remove from heat. Serve....


  1. I think I would choose the Chinese dumplings to make this soup for a simple yet delicious lunch.

  2. Lovely comfy one-dish meal for me :)

  3. Angie,
    Now I am thinking of wontons soup.. yum :)

    we love one pot meal...

  4. Seeing the bird's eye chilli had my tongue wagging :-D It's fast and a comfort meal I would cook during those chilly winter too! I had something similar (without the chilli) with fried dumplings -gyoza style- added. I tasted 2 versions... vegetables and beef dumplings served with free flow of crispy fried chilli & dried prawn and julliened young ginger strips with black vinegar/chilli oil dips.

    Thank you for sharing a homey meal. Love your simple yet delicious recipes with beautiful photos. I'm KIV your blog for future reference :-)

    Btw... your Nasi Dagang reminded of my mom's hometown in Kelantan :-)

  5. This soup is full of wonderful flavours! Love to try this recipe soon.

  6. Pixen,
    My initial intention to have this blog was to catalogue our food journey/journal .. so that my kids could refer to it when they are older.. so I try to keep it simple.. the photos are just to 'spice up' the blog... :).
    I am happy to share with anyone my food journal... and thank you for adding me to your blog... :)

  7. Ellie,
    its lovely to indulge in winter... :)

  8. Nice.. I like this way of cooking!!