Ass-a Soup

queueuI arrived outside Assa at 6:30 p.m. and was greeted by a queue. I could not believe that at senior citizen dining hour there was a line out the door for a small Korean restaurant in Soho.

Following a 20-minute wait, Emma and I were seated in a kimchi infused restaurant bustling with Koreans. Quick FYI, Emma is half Korean, and discovered that Assa serves the soup from her local town. She fondly calls it ‘Ass Soup’ because it’s made mostly with spam, which was a delicacy after the Korean war when locals found it leftover in American army bases. beerKorean KoreanHotPot This is how the soup is served, in an enormous pot heaving with vegetables, beef, kimchi and spam. I’ve eaten spam once before, and it was purely out of necessity. I was on a school camping trip, it was 40 degrees Celsius and the fresh meat was rotten. The only thing left for us to eat over seven days was spam and powder cordial.

Now, if Emma hadn’t told me that I would gain serious friendship points for trying the soup, I might have chosen anything else on the menu, but as a close friend I knew it was my duty to forgive the spam and give it another go. KoreanHotPot2After 10 minutes the noodles should have gotten soft enough to start serving. KoreanHotPot3 KoreanHotPot4My first bite and…..KoreanHotPot5I’m contemplating whether I love it or not- surprisingly, yes! I love spam. Who knew?! (As a side note: Emma and I are now officially BFFS)boyintoilet This is by far the creepiest art on a toilet door I have ever seen. emmaandicecreamGelupoIceCreamEvery time I am in Soho I insist on stopping at the Italian gelateria Gelupo. Seeing as Emma introduced me to her favourite restaurant, I felt it only fair to introduce her to my favourite ice-creamery.

Based on her empty cup, I’d say this won’t be Emma’s last visit. GelupoIceCream2

Mexican soup with guacamole and prawns

soupwithprawnsCarrying on with my health kick, I made a delicious Mexican soup with guacamole and topped it with prawns as my protein. 

This soup will cost you around £8 and serves four people. Rather than using salt to give it flavour, I used chilli and smoked paprika. It not only gives the soup a huge kick, the spice speeds up your metabolism. 

Now I know I haven’t created a traditional guacamole recipe but this is the healthy version that your post-workout body will love you for. Why you ask? Because tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which helps protect your muscles from aches. 

Mexican soup with guacamole and prawns
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  1. 5 prawns
  2. 1 tsp of chilli
  3. 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  4. 2 roasted peppers
  5. 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
  6. 1/2 avocado
  7. 500 grams corn (low-sodium)
  8. 250 ml of vegetable stock
  1. Roast the peppers and half the cherry tomatoes in the oven for 30 minutes on 150 degrees Celsius
  2. Heat the corn inside a large pot along with the roasted vegetables
  3. Once the corn is warm, pour in the stock and let the ingredients simmer for 20 minutes
  4. Dice the avocado and chop the remaining cherry tomatoes into a mixing bowl, season with pepper and extra chilli if you like it spicy
  5. Cook the prawns on a medium heat until they are cooked through, leave to one side until the soup is ready
  6. Blend the soup in a food processor, then top with the healthy guacamole and prawns
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