The ABC soup is the pinnacle of a lazy man’s meal. Do you know why the ABC soup is called ABC soup? Because making it is as easy as saying ABC.
I am not making up this story!
The problem is, to get a good flavorful soup, you need to boil it with a piece of bone, or 10 pieces. It can be chicken bones or pork bones. The bones act as some sort of booster, they help bring out the flavor of the other ingredients. Without bones, your soup will taste almost like tap water a.k.a tasteless.
The problem is, after the meal, you will need to find a separate plastic bag to dump the bones into, and then you need to dispose that bag immediately, or else the smell will develop overnight in your house. Not exactly the modus operandi of a lazy man.
So today, while nursing the wounds of my recent disaster, I will introduce to you a recipe for my fail-safe: a good flavorful ABC soup without having to use any bones. I discovered this by accident when making my soups in Colorado last year.
- 1 x big US potato
- 1 x carrot
- 2 x tomatoes
onions(I don’t like handling onions, they make me cry for hours, so I’ll do without them)
- 1/2 x chinese cabbage
- some white mushrooms
- secret weapon to replace bones
My first attempt at making ABC soup without bones was when I discovered ABC soup without bones means tasteless soup. I brainstormed for a few hours on how to fix that problem, because I only shop for groceries in Walmart, and Walmart ain’t selling no pork bones. And even if they do, the bones are difficult to dispose of because I was staying in a hotel.
“Gotta give the soup flavor boost without using any bones.. gotta give the soup flavor boost without using any bones.. gotta give the soup flavor boost without using any bones..”
I was watching Epic Meal Time on Youtube when this idea struck me. Yes, bacon strips! That’s it!
The next day, I immediately went grocery shopping after work, and that night, my second ABC soup attempt in the US proved to be a success. Ever since that time, I have been using bacon strips for my ABC soup attempts even after I came back to Malaysia.
- Wash and cut potato, carrot, and tomatoes.
- Set a big pot of water to boil.
- Dump all cut up ingredients into pot.
- Add 2 pieces of bacon strips into the pot. You do not want more than that, otherwise the smokey bacon flavor will overwhelm the soup!
- Take the strips out after 1 minute. You still want to eat the strips later, so you do not want to overcook them, 1 minute is enough for the strips’ flavor to soak into the soup!
- Set to medium heat (150 deg C on induction cooker) and let boil for at least 1 hour, the longer the better. Some pussies will set low heat for 1.5 hours, not for me. Higher heat will make the ingredients cook faster and go all mushy, but the flavor will be greater!
- While waiting, wash and cut up chinese cabbage and white mushrooms.
- Cut up the strips into bite size.
- Add the cabbage, shrooms and the cooked strips into the soup 5 minutes before serving. These stuff do not serve to add flavor, they just add texture and variety when you eat.
- Sprinkle lots of pepper and serve.
No bones = no trouble to clean up, and no additional usage of plastic bags. Eco friendly.
And, when you have this soup, you don’t need to cook any other dish, because all the ingredients is already in here. Just need a pot of rice to go with this. This portion serves 2 adults.
Or in my case, don’t even need the rice. Carb free.
Did you notice me mention Epic Meal Time just now? Love that show, or at least their earlier videos, when Muscles Glasses were still hanging around. My 2 personal favorites:
Yeah yeah I know, it’s fattening, it’s gross, but that’s sort of the point. It’s too unhealthy for us to eat them ourselves, so let’s watch other people eat! Bacon strips rocks!