Macaroni soup with spam & egg

Macaroni soup with spam & egg

By
From
Hong Kong Diner
Serves
2
Photographer
Kris Kirkham

The adverse effect that war has anywhere in the world is completely undeniable. Hong Kong in general did not play a huge part in the Second World War; however, after the war, and the multiple change of power and INFLUENCE FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, the people of Hong Kong found themselves sitting between the Americans, the Japanese and the Italians and their WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WAR FOOD CREATIONs: canned meat and dried pasta. In true Hong Kong style and resilience of sorts, this amalgamation of cultures created, among other things, an unlikely fusion of American, Italian NOODLE SOUP, which Hong Kongers now see as a staple: macaroni soup with spam, topped with a fried egg, still available in almost every cha chaan teng in Hong Kong as a staple breakfast item on the menu.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50g spam
1/2 a gem lettuce
100g elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 free-range eggs, 1 per bowl
chiu chow chilli oil
1 spring onion, sliced, to garnish
deep-fried shallots, to garnish

The stock

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 a thumb-size piece of ginger
2 spring onions
1 garlic clove, roasted, skin on
1 litre fresh chicken stock
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Method

  1. Finely slice the ginger, and roughly chop the spring onions (scallions). Bash the garlic, skin on. Slice the spam into 1/2 cm thick batons. Cut the gem lettuce in half lengthways.
  2. Cook the macaroni for 8 minutes, drain and run under cold water to stop the pasta overcooking. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan to a medium heat. Add the ginger, spring onions and garlic. Fry until the garlic and ginger are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Pour in the chicken stock, light soy sauce and oyster sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes. After the soup has been boiling for 30 minutes, add the macaroni and gem lettuce and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the second tablespoon of vegetable oil in a small frying pan to a medium heat. Add the spam and pan-fry until golden brown, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Lastly, return the frying pan back to a medium heat and fry the eggs sunny side up, until the edges of the whites are crispy.
  5. Serve each person a heaped ladle of macaroni in a deep noodle bowl, a scattering of fried spam, topped with a fried egg and spring onions and deep-fried shallots to garnish. Pour 2–3 ladles of soup over the top to finish, and serve with chilli oil for guests to help themselves.
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