Thanks to the tropical storm alert that thankfully never happened, I found myself buying a few frozen meal packs and now wondering how best to consume them.
Maybe it is best not to think too much and just eat them as it is. You see, I bought the expensive stuff. The box of soup above costed more than RM 10. I was attracted to this brand because they are going big on how they are an Australian brand and how they won the Best Frozen Seafood 2014 award. I mean, Australian, won some award, and expensive. Should be good, right?
The instructions said, boil 220ml of water to cook 1 serving block. I was going to cook the entire box (2 servings), so I boiled 450ml of water, and then threw both the blocks in. There were bits of vegetables and fish pieces visible in the soup blocks. I was expecting the tiny pieces of ingredients to expand upon cooking, like how those frozen instant meal packs work usually.
I waited and waited and waited, but the expansion never came. Instead, they dissolved into the soup. After cooking for 3 minutes, the soup paste has been properly dissolved by the boiling water, but I could no longer find any fish pieces or vegetable shreds. I found myself staring at a pan of think soup with nothing chew-able.
I was watching Gokaiger (Japanese TV show) earlier, so I found myself cursing in Japanese: “Nani yo kore? Kore wa nasakenai yo!” What the hell is this? This is pathetic!
Crap! Seems like I need to bring out my own reinforcements. Turned off the heat and set the soup aside, and then took out my own raw ingredients from the fridge.
Once I cut them all up, throw the chicken and okra into the pan, bring the soup to boil and cook for a few minutes. Then add the shrimps to cook for the last 30 seconds.
Now that’s what a tom yum soup should look like, decent enough to go with some rice. With my ingredients added, it is indeed 2 servings, with half the soup in my fridge now, ready for tomorrow’s dinner. Without the additional ingredients… nope, never a 2 servings pack.
This sucks. I basically paid more than 10 bucks to buy tom yum paste for 2 meal portions. That’s quite expensive even by my standards.
Now I’m staring at the Seafood Gumbo Soup pack and the Oatmeal Fish Fillet pack that I still have with trepidation..