Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup

This is the soup that has become a hot topic between me, my mom, and my cousin… Lohikeitto, creamy salmon soup. Such a perfect soup for this fall weather. When I and my mom visited Helsinki last month, this soup was almost in our daily menu… we kept talking about how delicious it was and how we would miss it.

After spending nights googling and reviewing recipes, I finally came up with this. Enjoy!




1. Saute 1 C sliced leek and 1/4 C chopped onion in 1.5 tbs butter until wilt.

2. Add 1 C diced potato and 1/2 C thinly sliced carrot.

3. Add 3 C fish stock and 1 C water, cook until potatoes are soft then add 1 C heavy cream (less or more if you prefer thinner or thicker soup).

4. Stir to mix then add 2 small bay leaves, 2 lime leaves, 1/2 tbs pink pepper corn, 1 bunch chopped dill leaves.

5. Let it boiled for another 5minutes before adding 2 C diced salmon, continue to cook until the salmon is cooked through. Add salt to taste. Add 1 tbs butter then turn it off.

6. Serve, bon appétit!


Drunken Snapper Soup

I have this red yeast rice  wine that’s been sitting in my fridge for almost 5 years. My aunt gave me to be used in her fish soup recipe. This recipe here is my own version which tastes as delicious as hers.. I think 🙂

This soup is very oriental, specially because of ginger and gojiberry.

Drunken Snapper 7

Serving 4 medium bowl

1. Prepare 1 lb. yellow tail snapper fillet (or red snapper), 1/2 C cooking rice wine, 2 tbs red yeast rice wine, 1/4 c gojiberry (rinsed), 1 C sliced radish, 1/2 C sliced ginger, salt to taste.

Drunken Snapper 1

2. Pan fried the snapper fillets in +/- 5 tbs vegetable oil, set aside, leave the oil in pan.

Drunken Snapper 2


Drunken Snapper 3

3. Saute the ginger, add red yeast rice wine and rice cooking wine, stir until the alcohol reduced. Meanwhile cook the radish in 5 C water.

Drunken Snapper 4

4. Pour the ingredient in the pan and gojiberries into the boiled water,  add salt to taste, cook for about 5 mins before add the snapper fillet, cook for another 5-8 mins to get all the flavors in the soup.

Drunken Snapper 5

5. Bon appétit.

Drunken Snapper 6

Sole Miso Soup

For you who like oriental culinary this soup would satisfy your taste buds unless you don’t like food with fermented soybeans. This recipe tastes rich in simple way.



1.  Sauté 1/2 cup sliced ginger and 3/4 cup of sliced yellow onion in 3 tbsp of heated vegetable oil, stir for 2 minutes.

2.  Add 1/2 cups sliced carrot, 1 cup sliced daikon radish, 1 cup sliced fresh shiitake mushroom, stir for 2 minutes then add 4 cups of water.


3.  Whisk 3 tbsp of fermented soy bean paste and 2 tbsp of soy sauce, add into the soup.

4.  When the soup is boiling and radish is softer, put 2 Sole fillets ( sliced in 1/2 inch wide strips ).


5.  Add 1/4 tsp sugar and salt pepper to taste.

6.  Just when the sole is opaque throughout, add 1/2 cup diagonally sliced green onion , stir then turn off the stove.

7.  Drizzle sesame oil and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

8. Bon Appétit