Asparagus And Seafood Soup (Guest Post)

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Asparagus and seafood soup

Asparagus and seafood soup

I am really delighted to introduce to everyone a wonderful friend and food blogger to be my first guest blogger for 2011. She is none other than LeQuan at luvtoeat. I love her blog. It’s always fun to read what goes on at her side. She lives in Canada with her husband, a very loving husband who I come to know eats a lot, haha (check it out here if you don’t believe) and 2 very adorable children.

LeQuan is an amazing mom who spends a lot of time with her children. She is very friendly and her regular comments on my blog posts never fails to bring big smiles. LeQuan cooks very well. Her food always makes me drool. My daughter, Sharon, loves her beef salad very much. She tried it out when I was away back in Malaysia but kind enough to make it for me, but using lamb, when I came back. It was really delicious. If you like lamb, check it out at Best Lamb Salad By Daughter.

Ok, let’s hear from LeQuan…….

Hello all Keep Learning, Keep Smiling readers! I’m incredibly honoured to be guest posting on Mary’s wonderful blog. When Mary asked me to guest post, I was so touched and didn’t know if I could post something that could do her blog justice. I’ve been stalking following Mary’s blog for about half a year now. As you all know, she always has healthy, delicious, easy dishes. That’s what lured me here in the first place. After a couple of months, I started to get to know the kind woman behind this lovely blog through comment replies and emails.

Then about a month ago, I discovered Sharon’s blog (Mary’s daughter). If you haven’t visited Sharon’s blog, boy are you missing out! She truly is like a young Mary; enthusiastic to try new recipes, super friendly, and has a witty, cute sense of humor. Mary and Sharon, I’m so glad to have discovered your blogs because you two have made blogging a great experience for me. So I hope you both enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

We all know Mary has delicious, mouth-watering recipes. So when I saw her Healthy Miso Wild Alaskan Salmon, I knew I had to give it a try. Here’s my attempt.

Miso salmon

Miso salmon

I topped my salmon with crab meat as I had some left over from the soup I made along with this meal. The veggies on the side are broccoli tender, which we just dipped with oyster sauce. This was such a delicious piece of salmon, one of the best I’ve ever had. Best of all, it was so quick and easy to make. The miso and the chilli complimented each other perfectly. Just look at this yumminess!

Miso salmon

Miso salmon

We had a bit of leftovers (I doubled the recipe and made 4 pieces cause hubby’s a big eater…haha) so the next day I used the miso salmon and broccoli tenders on a pizza.I shared the pizza with my daughter. On my half (left side) I used miso salmon, broccoli tender, smoked oysters, black olives, and red peppers. My daughter’s half included all my veggies minus the salmon and smoked oysters. The salmon was too spicy for her, but I made this salmon again a second time without the chilli for my kids and they loved it.

Miso salmon pizza

Miso salmon pizza

Let’s just say miso salmon is super versatile. I’ll be making this miso salmon often!

Miso salmon pizza

Miso salmon pizza

Another dish I was able to try was a recipe Sharon shared on her blog, Wagamama Chilli Chicken Ramen Recipe.

Homemade wagamama chicken noodles

Homemade wagamama chicken noodles

Trust me, her’s looked a lot better. I was so anxious to try my soup that I forgot to add in my red chilies and green onions. The soup wasn’t spicy enough for me, but once I added another tablespoon of the chilli sauce, it was fantastic! For the veggies, I used enoki mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, and red onions. If you’re a fan of spicy soups, you need to give this recipe a try. Don’t forget the red chillies and green onions like I did, they made a huge difference after I added them in. I also love that there was Gochujang in this.

Since Sharon and Mary are always so kind in sharing their delicious recipes, I’d now like to share one of mine with them and all of you. We’ve been getting a lot of snow here in Canada and I’ve been out shoveling everyday three times a day for a whole week. Check it out.

Snow scene

Snow scene

So there’s nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of soup after a cold hour of shoveling. This is my asparagus seafood soup. It’s super easy, quick, and comforting. I’m not going to give specific amounts for the ingredients as you can’t go wrong. It’s soup, so use as little or as much of each ingredient as you want.

Asparagus and seafood soup

Asparagus and seafood soup


  • asparagus
  • corn niblets (canned or frozen)
  • shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • crab meat (optional) fresh is always best, but I used canned due to time restraint
  • 3 eggs
  • chicken broth (approximately 2 litres)
  • salt to taste


Pour the chicken broth into a pot and bring to a boil.
While chicken broth is being heated up, cut asparagus into half-inch chunks.
Depending on the size of your shrimp, you’ll also want to cut them into chunks about the same size as your asparagus chunks. If you’d like, you can use scallops instead of shrimp.
Beat 3 eggs and set aside for later.
Once your broth boils, add asparagus, corn, and crab meat. Give it a good stir.
When water boils again, add shrimp and stir until shrimp all turn pink.
While stirring, drizzle in your beaten eggs. Stir for another 2 minutes, add salt to taste, and enjoy.

I hope it’s not snowing as much where you are. If it is though, at least now you have something to warm you up. Before I leave, my daughter wanted to share one of her drawings with you and your readers, Mary.

Drawing by LeQuan's daughter

Drawing by LeQuan's daughter

She’s only 4, but insisted I help her draw “a Mary and a Sharon butterfly” with her. She did the rainbow and sun by herself. Hope you both like the picture she drew for you and your readers.

Until next time, friends and family, don’t forget to Keep Learning, Keep Smiling ;-).


Mary’s remark:

LeQuan, thanks very much for this wonderful guest post that you have written for me. I totally enjoy reading it. It’s a real delight and an honour to have you on board my blog. You have brought a fresh feel. It’s really wonderful to know that you have tried my Miso Wild Alaskan Salmon and also Sharon’s Wagamama Chicken Chilli Noodles and liked it. You are just so creative..turning the miso salmon to more dishes….brilliant! That’s inspirational.

The asparagus soup looks very tempting. I need to make that. It would just be perfect for this cold weather. I love simple cooking. This is it. I would even love this in hot Malaysian weather. The presentation is cute. It looks like a cute face with the prawns as the 2 eyes and the asparagus makes a broad green smile, even the hair…..haha. I’m sure kids will like this.

Thanks very much, too, for the special drawing that your little girl drew for us. It really warms my heart and brings big smiles. I wish I can give her a BIG hug! LeQuan, you have to do it for us…lots! We love the butterflies. One day we hope to fly there to visit your family.

To all my readers, thanks very much for visiting. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do. I do hope you try out the recipes. They are easy and very delicious. Do visit LeQuan’s blog for more wonderful recipes and her many interesting stories. It’s one blog not to be missed. Do leave comments to let her know how much you enjoy her blog. Hope you have a wonderful day and have fun cooking!

Other soups that you may be interested in:
Chicken And Winter Melon Soup
Chicken Tonic Soup
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup
Thai Beef Butternut Squash Soup
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)

More soup recipes at my Recipes section.

Quote of the day……

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Zig Ziglar

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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redkathy  on January 27th, 2011

Great choice for guest post Mary. LeQuan, The winter scene is beautiful and the soup even better. That one is definitely a keeper!

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on January 27th, 2011

Nice guest blog post! I love asparagus crab soup, esp with white asparagus.

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on January 27th, 2011

Great guest post! All the dishes look wonderful. Lovely presentation on the Wagamama chicken noodles.

Lequan, you do like spicy food, don’t you? I see all those bird eye chilies. I can only take those pickled these days.

Mary, good choice for a guest post :) Have a nice weekend.

Belinda @zomppa  on January 27th, 2011

Great to meet you! The soup looks wonderful, as does the snow. That is one beautiful drawing!

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on January 27th, 2011

LeQuan, your daughter’s picture is lovely.Those two butterflies are so cute!

Keep Learning, Keep Smiling « luvtoeat  on January 27th, 2011

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Ginny Hartzler  on January 27th, 2011

What an adorable drawing she did!!! The soup does look awesome, it is like a very high class egg drop soup!! But more nourishing!

Blackswan  on January 27th, 2011

Wonderful post from 2 of my fave blogger friends! Very inspiring & I’m really proud of u :) Looking fwd to a chance to work with u gals one of these days. I’m sure it’ll be fun!

Ameena  on January 27th, 2011

What a wonderful recipe! I think this is way better than anything Wagamama serves - and I’ve been there numerous times so I can say this with confidence.

I love the very cute picture! Wouldn’t be nice of life was really full of rainbows, sunshine, and butterflies?

tasteofbeirut  on January 27th, 2011

Enjoyed this guest blog and all the photos!

lequan  on January 28th, 2011


Thank you so much for inviting me to do this guest post. I had such a fun (and delicious) time writing this up. It was such a pleasure and honor to be invited on your blog as you are such an inspiration to me. I now have made both yours and Sharon’s dishes twice. My kiddies love your miso salmon (without the chili of course). Thank you to the both of you for sharing these great recipes. I’m so happy to have met such wonderful people as you two in the blogosphere. Can’t wait to try more of your delicious dishes.

Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments so far. It was a pleasure to share this post with all of you. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

tigerfish  on January 28th, 2011

Always good to see new friendships and bonds through blogging. It is definitely one of the perks.

Jos  on January 28th, 2011

I love how you used your miso salmon for the pizza..great idea! That seafood soup looks so yummy! thanks for sharing it LeQuan. You just gave me an idea what to cook next :D

penny aka jeroxie  on January 28th, 2011

Nice to know another awesome food blogger. Thanks for sharing :)

Sushma Mallya  on January 28th, 2011

lovely guest post,nice pics mary…

lena  on January 28th, 2011

hi le quan, all your pictures look great,the pizza gets me drooling. Over here, no snow but the weather is getting quite unpredictable, usually it’s very hot during this time of the year but of these 2 years, the weather seems to change, not humid at all unlike previous years infact it’s been raining quite a bit yesterday and today and it’s actually quite cooling here.

mary, thanks for introducing le quan to us!

somewhere in singapore  on January 28th, 2011

The soup is so tempting…

Anna Johnston  on January 28th, 2011

Wow! I feel like I’ve now got some beautiful new recipes to try out, thanks so much Lequan. Hi Mary, its great to connect with you, I look forward to reading many more of your blogs in the future :)

Sanjeeta kk  on January 28th, 2011

Lovely clicks, Marymoh! Like the soup, may try with my veggies.

Mary  on January 28th, 2011

@redkathy - Thanks very much, Kathy! The soup looks real good. I need to try :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Thanks very much, Pepy! :D

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! Yes, I really enjoyed reading LeQuan’s guest post. Love the dishes that she made :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much Belinda! :D

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Totally agree with you that the butterflies are very cute :D

@Ginny Hartzler - Thanks very much, Ginny! Yes, the soup looks real good. I’m going to try :D

@Blackswan - Thanks very much, Shirley! Yes, looking forward to some fun in the blogosphere :D

@Ameena - Yes, you can have your own Wagamama at home. It’s better :D Yes, I think at least we can draw more sunshine and rainbow days, filled with butterflies when life is not treating us too well :D

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much, Joumana! :D

@lequan - I should be saying a BIG Thank You to you for taking your time to write such a wonderful guest post. A BIG Thanks You to your daughter, too, for such a lovely picture, original and special. I just love it. It brings BIG smiles :D I really enjoy reading it. Love your soup very much. I have to cook that. So glad to know that you had fun trying out Sharon’s and my recipes and also writing this post. Thanks very much for your friendship!

@tigerfish - Indeed it is. I am SO glad that I started blogging :D

@Jos - I need to learn that….miso salmon on pizza….mmmm. I would love to cook the soup, too :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@lena - When it’s cold, I wish I am home but when I am home, the heat makes me wish I am here…haha. Well, blame the global warming for all the change in weather. Yes, LeQuan is an awesome blogger :D You can visit her blog to find out.

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much, Sharon! :D

@Anna Johnston - Thanks very much, Anna! You have a lovely blog and I like it :D

@Sanjeeta kk - Thanks very much, Sanjeeta! :D

Priya  on January 28th, 2011

Fabulous clicks, such a comforting and droolworthy soup..winter warmer for the sure..

Jill  on January 28th, 2011

Love the photos and the look in particular of the happy soup and the miso salmon. Looks far better than I had in a Japanese restaurant in Paris yesterday and could have done with this instead!

Sharon  on January 28th, 2011

LeQuan, I LOVED reading this! You have no idea how much I love that soup you made lol. I was just telling my mom how your ramen looks so much better than mine! And turning the leftover salmon into a pizza is such a SWELL idea. I would’ve never thought of it!

Patty  on January 28th, 2011

Congratulations to Le Quan and Mary on your guest post. It’s great to see two of my favorites together trying recipes from the blogs and getting to know each other’s families. I really think this is what the best of having these blogs is all about, in my humble opinion! I enjoyed the soup recipe and cute presentation, I could feel the love Le Quan;-)

Drick  on January 28th, 2011

very nice bowl of soup for sure - thanks for sharing your friend Mary, she seems to have taken a liking to Sharon too

A Canadian Foodie  on January 28th, 2011

Nice to meet you, Mary! I will have to pop over and visit Sharon’s site now. LeQuan sure knows how to do a guest post, doesn’t she? Not one recipe, not two, but three, and a soup!
I loved seeing the pizza!
LQ: did you use the olive oil bread recipe for the pizza dough? It looks FAB!

Joy  on January 28th, 2011

What a wonderful post! Le Quan is quite the talented cook much like yourself. That asparagus and seafod soup would be perfect on a cold winter night and I love that it smiles at you!

Miss you Mary sorry I’ve been absent, hope oyu are well :)

5 Star Foodie  on January 28th, 2011

LeQuan, great to see you guest post here, a wonderfully comforting and delicious bowl of soup, love the asparagus here!

divya  on January 28th, 2011

Beautiful clicks..Looks so perfect and awesome..nice post..

anncoo  on January 28th, 2011

WOW! Great guest post from Lequan.I don’t mind to have another extra bowl of that comfy soup, looks so delicious and healthy.
That’s a beautiful drawing with the cute butterflies :)

Leah @ Why Deprive?  on January 28th, 2011

This soup sounds SO good! You make some amazing food LeQuan!

That rainbow is so sweet. I love it. :)

Angie's Recipes  on January 28th, 2011

wow…the whole spread of dishes! I love the miso salmon steak and the pizza especially. Very delicious! Thanks, Lequan, Mary, for sharing!

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

rebecca  on January 28th, 2011

love this post so sweet will start reading her blog, and what a great soup

Mary  on January 28th, 2011

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Jill - Thanks very much, Jill! Now you can make yourself at home…lots better :D

@Sharon - I’m waiting for you to make that soup for me :D LeQuan is very creative and a great cook!

@Patty - Thanks very much, Patty! Yes, blogging is amazing…so wonderful to be able to connect with each other :D

@Drick - Thanks very much, Drick! Yes, I think LeQuan and Sharon clicks very well :D

@A Canadian Foodie - Wonderful to meet you, too, Valerie! LeQuan is just amazing! The guest post is outstanding! She recreated our recipes into ones of higher standard :D

@Joy - Oh…not at all, Joy. I haven’t forgotten you at all. I know you are busy. Really thanks for dropping by. I hope you are well. yes, I need that soup. It’s so cold here. I have to make soon :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@anncoo - Totally agree with you that LeQuan did a great guest post. I really need many, many bowls of that soup. I need to make soon :D

@Leah @ Why Deprive? - Thanks very much, Leah! I totally agree with you about the soup and the drawing :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! :D

mycookinghut  on January 28th, 2011

Look at the snow! The soup definitely warm up the freezing winter days!

teresa  on January 28th, 2011

great guest post, this was fun to read, thanks!

momgateway  on January 28th, 2011

How creative to add asparagus to your corn-egg drop soup! My grandma used to make asparagus soup and corn-egg drop soup but never together like this.

Magic of Spice  on January 28th, 2011

LeQuan,all of these dishes look wonderful and your asparagus seafood soup is just a delicious recipe :)
Great guest post LeQuan and Mary :)

lequan  on January 28th, 2011

Wow! Thank you so so much for these lovely comments everyone! To all my readers who dropped by to say hi, I really appreciate this. I know Mary will also appreciate you dropping by as well. To all of Mary’s readers, you all are too sweet! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post. Mary, you sure have a lot of wonderful followers. I’m enjoying every bit of this adventure till the end :-D

lequan  on January 28th, 2011


No, I didn’t use the olive oil bread recipe for the pizza. I used an already made dough because it was really late already and K was getting hungry. I definitely will, now that I know how to make that fantastic bread!

Simply Life  on January 29th, 2011

oh yum! what a great soup!

Tastes of Home (Jen)  on January 30th, 2011

this must be such a yummy and comforting soup…I love seafood and asparagus so I know I will love this :D

pierre  on January 30th, 2011

is it me or do i see a big smile in your plate ?!!
love it !!pierre

Jessie  on January 30th, 2011

Hi Mary! I’ve been meaning to stop by because I see you in LeQuan’s comments all the time, and I’m glad I did! Thanks for inviting my fav gal LeQuan to be your guest poster! I’m looking forward to coming by again :)

LeeQs: You’ve certainly been cooking up a storm! I like how you were able to stretch the miso salmon across two meals - I’ll have to remember the pizza trick when I’m talking to people about how to stretch their food dollar. The enoki mushrooms look so good in the chicken ramen (love those). Your presentation is looking fantastic! The smiley-face asparagus and seafood soup is too cute :) As is K’s drawing - very sweet.

A beautiful day to you both!

nammi  on January 30th, 2011

Wow thats quite a spread:), just checking in how you are doing ,as I am always slow catching up with everyone :), have a nice day

Drick  on January 30th, 2011

hey, just emailed you some recipes at gmail

MAry  on January 30th, 2011

The salmon looks incredibly good and is mercifully easy to prepare. It really is a lovely recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Faith  on January 30th, 2011

Wonderful guest post, and it’s great to see you featured on Mary’s lovely blog, LeQuan! Everything you made looks wonderful, especially the miso salmon pizza! I’m definitely going to remember that one the next time I’m making homemade pizza. Your daughter is so sweet — I love her drawing!

pigpigscorner  on January 30th, 2011

WOw, great post! So many wonderful dishes and the comforting!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on January 30th, 2011

Lovely guest post. Love the soup…

Stella  on January 30th, 2011

Hey Mary & LeQuan! Wow, there is a lot of delicious looking food here that is making me so hungry (haven’t had dinner yet). Ooh, and I love LeQuanis’ soup. It almost looks like one of those Chinese style soups with a bit of corn starch for thickener. I love those. I like even more though that this one has egg as a thickener rather than corn starch. Much more wholesome and still looks delicious! Ooh, and I need to try Mary’s miso salmon too. That looks awesome!

denise @ bread expectations  on January 30th, 2011

Hi LeQuan! So sorry I didn’t find out about this lovely post sooner! I love your renditions of Mary’s Miso Salmon and Sharon’s Wagamama Chilli Chicken Ramen. You made them both look really delicious! I would love to have tried them both :)
The pizza looks so mouthwatering, and I’m always amazed at how much your kids love veggies!!!

Your soup looks so comforting - it’s been raining heavily and continuously for over 24 hours here and my windows are actually so blurred with condensation, I can’t see what’s outside!!! LOL So, this lovely soup would be so welcome right now!!

Mary - thank you for inviting LeQuan to share her lovely dishes on your blog. I love both your miso salmon and Sharon’s ramen dish! Wonderful! How lucky you both are to have a budding young artist dedicate her work to you ;)

Ananda Rajashekar  on January 31st, 2011

Hello Lequan, so glad to meet you here and the soup looks hearty and warm just perfect for this season thanks to Mary for lovely intro :)

Mary  on January 31st, 2011

@mycookinghut - Yes, just what I need everyday…hot soup! :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@momgateway - Yes, LeQuan is definitely very creative. I need to cook this soup soon :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much! :D

@lequan - LeQuan, I can see that all my readers really enjoy your guest post. You are just amazing to recreate a simple dish into more dishes and add a lovely soup which is perfect for us living in the cold :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@Tastes of Home (Jen) - Give a try. I’ll be trying soon. have fun cooking! :D

@pierre - I see the smile, too! :D Keep Smiling!

@Jessie - Thanks very much for visiting, Jessie! Great that we are all connected now :D

@nammi - Thanks very much for dropping by. Hope you are well and enjoying each day :D

@Drick - Thanks very much for the recipes, Drick! You are always so helpful :D I will have to try soon.

@MAry - Thanks very much Mary! I hope you have a great day, too :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! I need to learn to make pizza this year :D

@pigpigscorner - Thanks very much, Anne! :D

@Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Thanks very much, Elle! :D

@Stella - Thanks very much, Stella! I know what you mean….always feel hungry when I visit food blogs at the wrong time…haha :D

@denise @ bread expectations - Thanks very much, Denise! I have to thank LeQuan very much for this wonderful guest post…..makes me drool over the food and smile at the soup and the drawing :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D

Light Delight with TouTou  on February 1st, 2011

Oh Wow!!!!!!!! The soup is sooo cute! I love it! But somehow my eyes are focused on pizza ~~ comfort food in winter, teehee :-)

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sophia  on February 4th, 2011

Mary, thank you for featuring Lequan!!! She is one of the sweetest, most genuinely caring and enthusiastic people I know, and she is, in my opinion, the Seafood Queen. I crave shrimp and crabs and lobsters and fish whenever I read her blog.

I also totally love the gochujang in that chicken noodle recipe. ;-)

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