What do you crave for a meal on a very rainy day? Most of you would lean towards something warm right? Perhaps something spicy something what would tickle all your senses. Well yes I’m right there too. With heavy rains pouring consistently over my city this past week, I’ve been craving all sorts of meals. We’ve definitely been doing lot of soups, all kinds of soups, light soups and one pot meal soups.

This one here was a combination of two cravings. Husband wanted some Spicy Lamb Chops and I was leaning towards a light brothy soup packed with flavour, was in no mood for rice. So I put it together and it turned out so good, I had to tell the husband, “is it ok if I took a few quick shots of our meal before we ate it ?” and he sighed and said, “make it quick, I won’t have cold soup !” And thats how a lot of the pictures here on Aapplemint happen. In literally a couple of minutes.

Ingredients

For the Lamb Chops

  • 1 kg lamb chops – dressed
  • 2 tbsp Sichuan Peppercorns – pounded in a mortar and pester or dry grinder
  • 2 tsps Sichuan Chilli paste
  • 2 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 4 fat cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil

For the Soup

  • 1/2 kg lamb bones and trimmings
  • Water for boiling
  • 2 ” piece Ginger peeled and cut in large slices
  • 2 stalks of Green Onions
  • Rice Vermicelli Noodles
  • Fresh Corriander
  • Fresh Mint
  • Sliced Green onions/scallions
  • Lime wedges
  • Red Chilli Pepers Sliced

Marinate the chops about 2 hours before you want to make them. Simply mix all the ingredients listed above and massage well with your hands into the meat . Adjust the chilli to your liking.

To make the soup, you will need a large pot. Add the meat bones and water along with the ginger and green onions. Lightly season with salt and let it simmer on slow for about 1/2 hour, adding water if it reduces too much.

To prepare the noodle, just boil some water and add it to the noodle in a large bowl and cover. Let it sit for 5 mins or until the noodle is done. strain and set aside to add to the north when needed

In a non stick frying pan, take some oil, pan fry the lamb chops in batches until nicely coloured on both sides. Be carful not to overcook the chops as that night dry them out. We need the to be soft and juicy.

To put it all together ,in a bowl pour some hot (strained) broth and place the noodle within. Top with Corriander, mint, chilli and lime. Place the chops over the side and serve with extra soy and chilli vinegar.

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