Monday, December 3, 2012

Mushroom And Tofu Soup

What an unexpected horrifying experience few days back. I am still trembling in panic state of mind as I share what took place. Believe me, I was robbed at a knife point by an Indian robber at about 12.10pm. I parked my car in front of the nursery I regularly go to at Sunway to buy some some pots and plant and while the worker was loading these in my car boot, a motorbike with two Indian guys stopped across the street. One of them walked towards my direction and I sort of knew that something is not right. So, I quickly ran into my car to start the engine, but since the worker was still loading the stuffs without realizing what was happening, I paused for a few seconds. Also, with a pick-up truck parked too close in front, I couldn't possible reverse out.

At this point, the robber opened my car door and pointed a long samurai like knife right close on my neck. I knew he wanted my handbag. Without hesitation, I handed it over and he quickly grabbed it to jump back on the motorbike with his waiting partner in crime. I shouted and literally pleaded for my identity card and driving license. But this pariah black dog stared back before driving off. Just then, I started screaming to attract the worker who then only realise that I am in trouble. By then, the whole scene which took less than 5 minutes was over. Oh-god! Nevertheless, I am grateful I didn't put a fight, otherwise most probably I would have been stabbed. Still, the pain of losing my designer bag and wallet, cash, documents etc etc was too much to handle. I broke down and cried my heart out. Everyone in the nursery came to my aid and calmed me down. I then borrowed a hand phone to cancel my cards and also disconnect my phone line. Later, my other half came by and we did the most important of all - lodged a police report.

Can you believe it what  is happening in our Malaysian society?  Life is not safe anymore. Robbery is taking place even in broad daylight these days. Robbers are everywhere and sure they are bold and not bothered about other people’s life. You know its been almost a week now, yet, I am terrified of stepping out of my house. Right now, to stop my brain from replaying the incident, I am on my laptop and also instead of staring at the ceiling, I thought I might cook to  calm myself down. I'm coping, but to totally forget the incident I guess will take some time. 

Okay, let me get to the recipe for the today. An easily put together vegetarian (Indian Onion SoupMint Mushroom Burger, Shanghai NoodlesWinter Melon Wolfberry Soupsoup made with mushroom (Fried Mushroom Rolls), green peas and tofu (Spicy Tofu Curry & Tofu Scrambled Eggs), scented with (Sour Fish Soup, Thai Spicy Carrot Soup & Thai Salmon Noodle Soup) dried oregano and rosemary.  Take care guys. Remember, be alert when you are out there by keeping an eye on weird characters and hold on to your belongings. 

5 large button mushrooms – slices
1 square piece white hard tofu – sliced into medium size pieces 
1 cup green peas
1 tbsp unsalted butter
5 garlic –chopped
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ liter vegetable stock
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt and pepper to taste

When butter is heated (add 1 tbsp of oil if you like) and fry garlic till crispy and brown.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same pot, pour stock and let it simmer.
Once heated through, add mushroom, tofu, dried herbs and season with salt and pepper
As soon as soup starts to simmer, off the heat and add green peas.
Do not over boil - to prevent tofu and mushroom from over cooking.
Give a gentle stir.
Garnish with coriander leaves and fried garlic before serving.
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  1. hi Nava, i can never resist mushrooms and will try your recipe using western herbs.they look delicious especially during the current rainy seasons.

  2. sorry to hear about your horrific experience.

    Gosh they are very daring as it was in broad daylight . Moreover there were workers loading your car. They are not scared at all.

  3. Am glad you were not harmed.

    Love this comfort soup that you have shared. I love tofu and mushrooms! Which green peas do you use?

  4. Oh Nava! I'm so, so sorry that this happened to you! Being robbed cause make you feel so vulnerable. You might want to go talk to someone professionally to help deal with the stress. You don't want to be afraid to go home! Sounds like you did everything right though and everything that was taken can be replaced, although it's a pain :)

  5. Oh god my friend thank heaven you are ok but I'm so sorry you had to through such a traumatic experience!
    The fact that robberies happen like that truly is quite scary :(


  6. Oh my that's a scary experience! Glad you are safe and alive. You actually acted very smart by cancelling all the cards and whatever was required at that time. I hope you will be able to get over all this very soon. Take care.
    If I had been at your place I would not think of anything let alone cooking but you are brave Nava. This is a gorgeous recipe.

  7. Nava, glad that you are safe and it is difficult situation. You handled the situation bravely. Take care and don't think about the incident if you can.

    By the way mushroom tofu soup looks delicious.

  8. KL is not safe anymore. Things have gone from bad to worse and the police is not doing anything. Screw all the NKEA, what’s the point of having all those EPPs when they can't even provide a safe place for us to live in. I have seen countless of snatch thieves in action, breaking car windows at hot spot areas where cars are always stuck at trafficI hope you are feeling better now. Take care and be strong.

  9. Thanks everyone for the comforting words. I am hanging in though the flashbacks keep popping in my mind from time to time.

  10. Bravo dear for handling the situation well.. Glad you are safe.. Take care Nava.. Hugsxx

  11. A delightful and comforting bowl of soup Nava.. Adore the clicks too :-)

  12. Thank you I been looking for wats to incorporate Tofu in my meals this its perfectly delicious.

  13. Omg!! that is scary. Glad you are safe dear. Take care.
    And I must say this soup is refreshing and nice. Yum :)

  14. The soup looks so good ..Comforting!


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