What Spice Slipped Into Asian Butternut Soup Today


August 2, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson

Asian-butternut-soup-lemongrass-ginger-airfryer-spiced-chickpeas-coconut-whatsonthelistWhat Spice Slipped Into My Asian Butternut Soup Today?

Let’s take things a bit slowly, like Eat Drink Man Woman, this month’s WONDERFULLY chosen Food n Flix’s film by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

FoodnFlixEat-Drink-Man-Woman-film                                             Image Courtesy of Wiki

Deb chose this film of when she was introduced to Ang Lee, “when I first moved to Hawaii and the arthouse theater I frequented before it closed held a retrospective of his first three films–Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, and Eat Drink Man Woman. I loved all three of these films–which are referred to as his “Father Knows Best Trilogy”–but it was Eat Drink Man Woman that I loved the most.”

Deb shared:
“Released in 1994 and set in Taipei, Taiwan, it is the story of the Chu family–patriarch Mr. Chu, a widower and semi-retired Chinese Master Chef with three very different daughters. Each Sunday, Mr. Chu cooks them an elaborate dinner, where the food is shared along with whatever is happening with the family–and plenty of tension and humor caused by the growing transition of the old ways into new, and gender, cultural, and generational identity. Food. Love. Family.”

I can honestly say, I did not know what to expect from this movie, but am a big Ang Lee fan and while I enjoyed all of his movies to date, I really enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

There is really something about this movie that “really touches you heart,” literally and almost right from the start!

Of the six basic human needs, Mr Chu had lost his significance; feeling unique, important, special or needed.

This loss of significance symbolically manifested itself in the movie with Mr Chu loosing his taste buds, his Joie de vivre aka joy for life.

Can you imagine what it would be like loosing your taste buds as a Chinese Master Chef?

Scene-from-Ang-Lees-Eat-Drink-Man-Woman                                       Image courtesy of The Guardian

Mr Chu shared he might have “lost his taste, but its the feelings that count!”

Every Sunday, Mr Chu “goes extraordinarily out of his way” with cooking the most extravagant dinner where, as one who appreciates cooking and preparation, I was in awe and kept asking, “How many is he cooking for?”

Film-eat-drink-man-woman                                    Image via beyondhollywood.com

The casting was brilliant and I could not help but feel “genuinely sad for Mr. Chu,” not only in being so lonely, but his daughters Jia-Chien, the oldest a very professional minded career woman who has looked after her dad since her mum’s passing, and has sacrificed her life; Jia-Jen, the middle daughter, who is a high school chemistry teacher and devout Christian, decides it is safer to lead a life by herself to look after her father; interesting as to why she made her life choice!

The youngest daughter Jia-Ning is too busy in life trying to steal her best friend’s boyfriend thinking it is “true love!”

All three daughters are so “self-absorbed” in their own lives, they all took they father for granted and ALL I could think of was the time they were wasting in being able to appreciate their dad while he was still alive!

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, (aka YIN SHI NAN NU), Chien-lien Wu, Yu-Wen Wang, Kuei-Mei Yang, 1994, (c) Samuel Goldwyn

EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, (aka YIN SHI NAN NU), Chien-lien Wu, Yu-Wen Wang, Kuei-Mei Yang, 1994, (c) Samuel Goldwyn

Image via www.cineplex.com

What I would give to have dinner with my dad just one more time!

Through a number of twists and turns in the plot, Mr. Chu knows his daughters must live their own lives, but it is difficult for him to “feel so alone.”

Will he always be so alone?

I don’t think so and what a surprise it is!

I’m not going to tell you, as I really think you would enjoy this movie!

While some may perceive this film as “a tad slow,” it is never boring, as there is always something being said or other characters being introduced that add to the overall storyline plot in my opinion!

Interestingly throughout the film, Mr. Chu is unable to communicate with his daughters or they to him, but he connects with a little girl who just happens to be his future fiance’s daughter in making lunch for her daily in bento boxes!


Did I just give the plot away? lol

His food is so popular with all of her friends, that she ends up writing a list of what they want to eat daily for him to deliver; they are too young to recognize he has lost his previous Joie de vivre taste buds!

They make him feel wanted and needed every day!

I don’t know about you, but I am “more than hungry by now,” and created this Asian twist on butternut soup, as inspired by postmodernleftovers, which included making Leonie from Thermofun’s coconut milk, air fried spicy, “nuttiness” chickpeas, and air fried coconut flakes!

How happy and excited would you be if you grandfather delivered this “unique, combination soup,” to school in this FREEZING weather in Adelaide?

Asian Butternut Soup Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas Air Fried Coconut
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Are you looking for an Asian twist on butternut soup?
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 12 serves
  • Ingredients for the soup
  • 1 large butternut soup
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, cut in pieces
  • 1 red chili
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 red onion, cut in pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut in pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 500 ml homemade chicken stock or store bought
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • juice of 1 fresh lime
  • 250 grams homemade coconut milk or store bought
  • olive oil
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • 100 grams roasted coconut (as garnish - optional but recommended)
  • oil spray (optional but recommended)
  • Ingredients for Leonie's from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe
  • 40g of desiccated or shredded coconut
  • 400g water
  • Ingredients for Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas
  • 170 grams fresh chickpeas, soaked in water over night, drained well (can use canned)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground garlic
  • pinch chili powder
  1. If making your own coconut milk, place ingredients for Leonie's from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe in Tmx bowl; 1 min / speed 10; scrape down ; repeat if necessary; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine ingredients for spiced air fried chick peas with well drained chickpeas.
  3. Pre heat air fryer to 200C for 5 minutes; cook for 5 minutes or until desired doneness; remove and set aside.
  4. Increase air fryer temperature to 220C; add coconut flakes and air fry for about 3 minutes - watch as it will burn quickly; set aside.
  5. Pre heat oven to 180C; cut pumpkin in half and drizzle olive oil, salt and white pepper on pumpkin pieces place flat on lightly oil sprayed baking roast for 1 hour until soft. (see Notes)
  6. Remove carefully from oven.
  7. In a bowl, finely grate garlic, chili, onion, carrot and spring onion; see Notes.
  8. In a large pot on stove, heat pot, then add about 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauce grated onion, carrot, garlic chili, lemongrass and turmeric for about 5 minutes making sure garlic does not burn.
  9. Scoop of roasted garlic flesh; add chicken stock, fish sauce and lime.
  10. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  11. With a stick blender, puree mixture to desired texture.
  12. Spoon in bowls, top with roasted coconut, add spiced chickpeas or serve on the side; garnight with coriander and enjoy!
Original soup recipe inspired by postmodernleftovers
Coconut milk recipe -> Leonie from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe
Recipe for chickpeas can be baked in an oven as well as coconut flakes roasted under the grill.
Line flat try with slightly oiled baking paper for ease of cleaning.
For ease and to save time, grated onion, garlic, chili, spring onions in the Thx; 5 seconds, speed 5; scrape down; repeat;

I can say like Eat Drink Man Woman, Asian Butternut Soup Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas Air Fried Coconut, Chef Georgio and I really did enjoy!

What Spice Slipped Into My Asian Butternut Soup Today!

The spice of life!


Would you like to try Asian Butternut Soup Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas Air Fried Coconut right now?

Would you like it with air fried spiced chickpeas?

I think the combination of ingredients is warming and certainly does please!

I wish you good fortune today!

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111 thoughts on “What Spice Slipped Into Asian Butternut Soup Today

  1. I would love to try this to see how the flavors meld together. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

  2. Yum! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  3. This looks delish!! Have a new found love for butternut squash, so definitely trying this recipe! Thank you for linking up at Pin Worthy Wednesday! Sharing on Pinterest board : )

  4. theninjabaker says:

    Lemongrass, turmeric and ginger are stellar spices. They are fantabulous in flavor and full of benefits…Speaking of which, wish I lived next door and could reap the benefits of your yummy soup!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful, heart-warming film and I could say the say about your delicious soup, Joanne! Love the air fried chick peas and also the lovely warming spices you have used.

  6. Christine says:

    Hi Joanne, I’ve been wishing for Fall to hurry up and get here, and seeing your soup, makes me happy! Butternut soup is one of my favorite Fall soups. Love the flavor twist in yours with the Lemongrass. Pinned. I so can not wait to make this, and see the movie. I loved the 100 Yard Journey, and any foodie film. Thank you for your recipe, your review and sharing at #OMHGWW! Have a terrific week!

  7. swood97 says:

    I wouldn’t want to lose my taste buds and I not a Chinese master chef so that would just be terrible! Pinning this recipe to my Soups & Stews board! Yum!

  8. You certainly have the spice of life Joanne! I love butternut pumpkin and today even in Brisbane it is quite chilly so just the day for this recipe. Thanks for linking up with us again at #AnythingGoes and see you next week.

  9. Rally L.C. says:

    Oh yeah, love me some butternut squash soup, because I am comming to dinner. I love, love butternut squash – Trader Joe’s has the best cut butternut squash ever that I like to play with when I am improvizing in the kitchen. I I like the asian twist that you’ve added to your soup, I bet it’s absolutely delicious. You made me curious about the movie “Eat Drink Man Woman”, I am gonna watch it on my day off.

  10. I’m loving the Asian twist you put on this classic soup!

  11. Emily says:

    Wow, this looks incredible. I’m not used to this spice combo, but I love Butternut Squash!

  12. Mandi says:

    You always share such good recipes! Thank you for linking up at the Simply Sundays link party!

  13. Never seen this film – loving the idea of coconut in a butternut soup, often done that for Thai curries but never blended it. Must try!

  14. Perfect recipe. So love this soup. Will try to make it soon.

  15. Oh that soup looks so delicious! I was just thinking this morning that I’d love a bowl of soup because the weather is already so autumnal here in Ireland.

  16. michelle bowman says:

    Never heard about this soup. but it looks good i can’t wait to try this my hubby would love this also co’z he’s not eating without soup. thank you for the procedure and recipe

  17. Yum, I love the flavors that you’ve put into this soup – delicious inspiration from a delicious movie!

  18. Melanie says:

    This looks delicious! I will have to put this on my fall recipe list!

  19. lydiaf1963 says:

    I think we may have seen part of that movie. I’ll have to look for it on Netflix. The soup looks fantastic and perfect for any time of year. So comforting!

  20. I’ve not heard of that film so I’ll definitely have to check it out. The soup looks absolutely amazing! I will certainly give this recipe a try as I love Butternut soup and so do my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I need to check out these movies ASAP, hope they are on Netflix. This soup sounds utterly delish.

  22. ascendingbutterfly says:

    I remember I did see the movie eat drink man woman, I guess it must have been a long time ago I swear I don’t remember that recipe in it, I am going to have to re-watch it one night!

  23. You probably thing I am crazy but I have never had butternut squash in any way shape or form. I have heard it is amazing and I always see recipes for it but I have never personally tried it myself. Must try!

  24. I have not seen or heard of this movie before! This sound like it would be a good movie to watch. The Butternut Soup sounds amazing, I love soup in the fall with the cooler weather.

  25. Rosey says:

    No, I cannot imagine what it would be like to be a chef and loose your tastebuds. Oy!

    That being said…as far as the recipe goes, I do love a good soup recipe! This one sounds great.

  26. Yum! I’m going to have to save this recipe for winter. It’s still a little too hot for soup, but this will be perfect come winter. I love a good soup when it’s cold out and this looks and sounds delicious.

  27. Meagan says:

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it out. I love the Asian twist to it. Excited to make this one for my family!

  28. Sneha says:

    Heyya..The flavors in this soup just sound amazing! I’ve been in a soup mood here lately and have been looking for new recipes so I’ll have to try this one out.I am definitely bookmarking this one to make during the fall months though, because I love me some butternut squash.

  29. It’s fun to hear you share stories with your recipe! I haven’t ever tried squash soup so I’ll have to try it!

  30. I made some butternut squash soup last fall and it was amazing. Your recipe looks much better than mine so I’m going to give it a try.

  31. I have not seen Eat Drink Man Woman, but it sounds like a great movie. The soup looks absolutely delicious and looking at the ingredients, I am so sure this is so dull of flavors. I will save this for later.

  32. Diana Rambles says:

    This sounds absolutely fantastic!!

  33. Oooo this recipe totally reminds me of fall!!! Gong to have to pin it and save it for a nice fall day :):)

  34. That soup looks so yummy and filling. I’m a fan of coconut milk. I will give this a try.

  35. Joanne! I loved the movie Eat Drink Man Woman! I watched it and cried at the end because it reminded me of how Asian parents show their love through food (and less through being affectionate with their children). So glad you shared this! I love your Asian take on this butternut squash soup!

    cheers from Buenos Aires,

  36. The flavors in this soup just sound amazing! I’ve been in a soup mood here lately and have been looking for new recipes so I’ll have to try this one out.

  37. I’ve only had butternut squash soup once and loved it. My husband wasn’t a fan but I should make it again anyway 🙂

  38. Liz Mays says:

    This sounds like a really good soup recipe to try out. I’ll have to try and see “Eat Drink Man Woman” too. I like films like that!

  39. Today is a rainy dreary day after a succession of 100+ days, so it feels like a soup day today. Thanks for sharing, this looks delicious!

  40. Thank you somuch for sharing this recipe. I will try this on the weekend. Looks very heartwarming!

  41. This sounds absolutely delicious! I love all the flavours in this soup, especially turmeric!

  42. Nancy says:

    MMM!!! Mouth watering. Today’s a little on the “chillier” side, and I say that lightly because I can wear jeans without my entire face sweating. So I’m kinda wanting a bit of soup for lunch – just because I can. I am definitely bookmarking this one to make during the fall months though, because I love me some butternut squash.

  43. Yum Yucky says:

    Oooo. The bowl of goodness looks really delicious. Soup is a fav of mine, even in summer1

  44. I have a recipe for butternut squash soup on my blog, too, but I’ve never thought of giving it an Asian twist. I’m definitely intrigued. May have to give this a shot this fall. Thanks for sharing!

  45. I do love a bit of spice in my food, not too much though. That Asian Butternut Soup looks so yummy. Another recipe I need to try.

  46. This looks so satisfying! Yum!

  47. The Asian twist is wonderful.

  48. You must know that it’s almost time for me to get my soup on because fall will be here soon and I start collecting items for different soups early. I have never had this one and I normally don’t attempt ones like these I fear all the ingredients but I am going to try it out this fall.

  49. LaShawn says:

    I love butternut soup! This twist looks amazing. I love any soup with coconut milk in it. I am going to add this to my list of soups to try! It’s almost fall so I’m making a nice Pinterest board for them! Thanks for the recipe!

  50. I added your link to the posted roundup Joanne. I am glad you liked the movie and your soup looks both unique and very tasty. Thanks for joining in this month.

  51. I think I will also enjoy the movie because it’s about cooking and food. Having a surreal character to communicate with the daughters is kinda weird, but this is something that I will look forward to. Like how is it even possible? The soup looks bright and delicious!

  52. I tried Asian butternut soup years ago and I remember loving it! I definitely need to check and see if any restaurants in Chicago make it (or I’ll just try this recipe!) <3

  53. love the Asian flavours here Joanne. I have been making Indian curried butternut soup of late, but this is inspiration to make something different 🙂

  54. Hi Joanne, I know what you mean by being cold in Adelaide- can’t wait until it warms up (hopefully in September). With all those Asian flavours in your soup (i.e. ginger and lemongrass) this soup will definitely warm me up!

  55. This is such an amazing coincidence Joanne – I just posted an Asian inspired roasted pumpkin soup today (although your recipe is far more in depth than mine!) – your sounds delicious!!

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