“A good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than an other one dish.”
Louis P. De Gouy
Encebollado de Pescado Soup (Tuna Soup with Pickled Onions)
I follow the blog, Gringos Abroad. Dena, mentioned a soup called, Encebollado de pescado (tuna soup with pickled onions). She said she ate it a lot and loved it. She convinced me to try it. It didn’t take much convincing since I love to try new things. And since I am living vicariously for the next few months, it only seemed inevitable. Also, it gives me something to do while I sit here and go “bananas” waiting for the big trip to Ecuador.
I looked at the ingredients she listed and I invoked my rule of thumb: If you like the ingredients, then you will probably like the dish. (It has had a 99% success rate.) I went to Laylita’s blog, which Dena referenced to get the recipe. Never having tasted the “real thing”, I can’t vouch for its authentic flavor, but I can say this soup recipe is FABULOUS!! Best of all, it is easy. Leo and I both loved this soup, and we are big soup eaters, especially fish soup. I am sure this will be on our “regular list” of things to eat. I can’t wait to try it in an Ecuadorian restaurant. One of the ingredients was yucca, which I can usually take or leave because it is bland, like a potato or rice. In this recipe it soaked up the flavor of the broth and was yummy. The other thing that pushed it over the top was the pickled onions and tomatoes soaked in lime juice. WOW! The popcorn we put on top was so-so. It did not add much. I did make one addition, I added pepper flakes, because we love hot food. Next time, I will make it with a cheaper fish than tuna. At Stop and Shop, a supermarket chain, the tuna cost $8.99/lb on sale. I estimated that each bowl (4) costs about $5.50.Each bowl was a complete meal, though. I can see why Dena recommended this soup. Thanks, Dena, it will probably be our “go to” lunch, too.
P.S. When we ate the soup the second night, we added the popcorn I had set aside from the previous night, and the day old popcorn tasted really good and did add to the flavor in a good way. Go figure.
Source of the recipe on Laylita’s Blog: http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/03/01/encebollado-de-pescado-or-tuna-soup/
Have you made this soup? How was it?
Do you have another version of the recipe for this fish soup that you have tried? Care to share?