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Soups For a Good Cause

Apart from writing a cookbook, having your own food truck is probably on top of many food bloggers bucket list. Luise and I have been secretly planning and dreaming about, not a food truck, but a food bike. We would re-build a Christiania bike to suit our needs and then bike around Stockholm and sell healthy whole foods like salads, soups and smoothies. Doesn’t it sound like a fun idea? Our goal was to do it this summer, but time flew past us. So now we are aiming for next summer…

Meanwhile, at least half of our dream has just been fulfilled. A while back we where asked to develop two soup recipes for Church of Sweden’s food truck. Yep, they actually have their own food truck. And, yep, they asked a Jew and a Danish hippie to develop their recipes. Apart from just being the church, they are working internationally together with act alliance with humanitarian aid and working against poverty and starvation. Right now they are focusing on Haiti and Cambodja and they asked us to develop two soups inspired from these countries to be sold in their food truck. The truck will do a tour around Sweden during the next two weeks, selling our soups, and all earnings will go to humanitarian aid. It’s a wonderful idea and we are happy to be part of it.

The truck will start out in Stockholm tomorrow, on Friday the 14th March. So if you are in town, head to Tulegatan/Rådmansgatan on Friday around lunch, and try either the Cambodjan inspired Rice Noodle Soup, or our Haitian inspired Sweet Potato & Corn soup. Good food for a good cause. We have also posted the recipes here below, so all our international readers can make them at home.

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Cambodian Noodle Soup with Tofu & Lemongrass
Serves 4 – 2 liter / 1/2 gallon

The Cambodian rice noodle soup is not as well known as the Vietnamese cousin Pho, but at least as good. Ita has a different set of flavors – lemongrass, ginger and lime adds freshness and the coconut milk a rich and creamy touch.  We made this version with tofu, but feel free to substitute with mushrooms or broccoli. Serve with a generous amount of bean sprouts, fresh herbs and lime.

4 cups / 1 liter vegetable broth
2 stalks lemongrass
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 inches / 5 cm fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 small chili, seeds removed
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt

250 g firm tofu
1 x 400 ml full fat coconut milk
whole grain rice or buckwheat noodles for 4 servings (250 g)

To serve
2 limes, cut in wedges

1 handful bean sprouts (100 g)
1 handful coriander/cilantro or thai basil

Prepare the vegetable broth in a large saucepan. Chop lemongrass, garlic, ginger and chili very finely and place in a mortar. Give them a few pounds with the pestle to release the juices (or use the back of a chef knife). Pour in the fresh spice mixture into the broth. Add honey and salt and let simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain the broth, to remove the spices. Slice the tofu into 1 inch / 2 cm pieces and add to the broth. Add coconut milk and let simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Cook noodles in a separate pot, according to the instructions on the package. Drain and divide the noodles equally into 4 serving bowls. Cover with broth and a couple of tofu pieces. Squeeze lime juice over each bowl and garnish with lime wedges, cilantro and bean sprouts.

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Haitian Corn & Sweet Potato Soup
Serves 4 – 2 liter

This soup is loosely inspired by the traditional Haitian pumpkin soup ‘Soup Joumou’ – a pumpkin and beef soup oozing of clove. We used sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin and replaced beef with corn. The soup is soft and creamy with a nice sweet flavor, a hint of clove, and cabbage and carrot chunks for chewiness.

1 onion
1 large sweet potato
5 dl/330 g corn, thawed frozen works great
4 cups/ 1 liter vegetable broth
2 carrots
1/4 cabbage
1 small chili
1 lime, juice
1/4 tsp ground clove or more to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt

Serve with yoghurt and fresh thyme

Peel and chop onion and sweet potato into small cubes. Place in a saucepan, add corn and vegetable broth. Bring to boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until the sweet potatoes cubes are tender. Use a hand (immersion) blender to puree completely smooth. Peel the carrots and slice into 1 inch / 2 cm slices. Cut the cabbage into the same size. Add carrots, chili (whole), lime juice and the spices. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chili from the soup and add the cabbage, let simmer for 2 more minutes. Tatse and adjust salt and ground clove. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yogurt and some fresh thyme.

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55 Comments

  1. Cecilia
    Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 07:38 | #

    Love, love, love both recipies!! Will cook tonight :)

  2. Emily
    Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 08:26 | #

    A GKS food bike sounds like the best idea!!!
    The soup recipes sound wonderful, wish I lived in Sweden so I could try them from the food truck.

  3. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 09:22 | #

    Yeey! Food bike is the best idea ever! I used to spend my childhood summers in a foodcar, selling smoked makrill and shrimps, those were the days…! :)

  4. Laura
    Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 09:24 | #

    What a lovely idea! I’m tempted to nip over to Sweden to find the food truck and I would definitely come to Stockholm to see you both on a Christiania bike! I’m going to try the noodle soup tonight, they both look delicious.

  5. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 09:38 | #

    Wonderful soups and what a story with the food truck. The weather forecast threatens with winter again so a good recepie for soup seems to be a good idea.

  6. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 12:11 | #

    That Cambodian Noodle Soup looks incredible. I just love lemongrass in soup – it provides such a great flavor. So refreshing and so vibrant. Your recipe looks fantastic – a must-try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 12:12 | #

    Wow, both soups sound and look totally awesome, thank you for the inspiration!! And I have to agree with you that a food bike is way more fun sounding than a truck. Imagine all the work a truck would need whereas a bike is fairly easy to maintain and free to operate! Plus bikes can get into places that trucks can’t. I hope your dream comes true next summer, or whenever it works out!

  8. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 12:22 | #

    A food bike, what a great idea! Feel free to bike to Paris with your delicious recipes anytime :)

  9. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 12:33 | #

    I love when we get multiple recipes in one post! Looks delicious. Thank you!!

  10. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 13:15 | #

    Both of these soups look incredible! Dang, having a food truck would definitely be fun…but I’m assuming STRESSFUL too! I’m happy making your food truck recipe!! xx

  11. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 13:29 | #

    Thank you for these! I love hearty soups and love to mix up my afternoon salad for one. A food bike sounds extra lovely… it sort of reminds me of the tiffinwala in India who take hundreds upon hundreds of tiffins to their respective owners from the wives or cooks with their bikes. :)

  12. Clémentine
    Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 14:04 | #

    What a great idea! I would love to buy some of your food from your Chistiania bike, if I was living in Stockholm! I was fond of these bikes when I was in the Nordics. In Paris, food trucks are big but I have never heard about “food bikes”…

  13. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 14:20 | #

    Oh my god, I am so in for this Cambodian noodle soup. Wish I was in Stockholm to stop by. And yes, the bike truck is an amazing idea. Please keep us updated on that development! I can’t deny the idea of a food truck has passed through my mind, as here in Switzerland (specifically, St. Gallen) they are desperately lacking good, quick, and whole food lunch spots that aren’t super expensive.

  14. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 15:20 | #

    If I lived in Sweden, I’d come down and buy the whole lot! These soups look delicious. And it’s lovely that you are able to help out with such a worthy cause. Good luck with your food bike venture – awesome idea!

  15. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 15:22 | #

    The soups look amazing and beautiful…lots of love for a great cause, well done :)

  16. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 15:25 | #

    Hello there, You have done an incredible
    job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend
    to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  17. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 15:38 | #

    Congrats, guys! Both the soups look stunning and delicious. Lovely colors. I’m especially into that Cambodian noodle soup, and can’t wait to have a bowl of it :)

  18. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 16:35 | #

    Wow, beautiful!!

  19. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 17:11 | #

    Bravo!!

  20. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 18:22 | #

    I would love to bee one of your food bike customers some day. Until then, making these gorgeous soups myself is a pretty good substation. For now!

  21. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 18:30 | #

    Thank you for this! I am now craving the Cambodian soup… Looks so beautiful too. Ken

  22. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 18:32 | #

    Hi there,
    these projects (yours and the one of the church) sound really exciting. Good luck!
    And the picture of the Haitian soup looks AMAZING!
    Best regards from Switzerland (too far away to buy soup from Stockholm these days),
    Sarah

  23. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 18:47 | #

    soup for a beautiful cause..you guys are just awesome! I wish I could eat food from your bicycle someday..

  24. Posted 13 Mar ’14 at 19:50 | #

    A church that runs a food truck for humanitarian aid? That is something that could be in a story, and I’m so glad it’s true.

    Both of the soups look fantastic, but I’m definitely craving the Haitian soup right now. Thanks for the consistent inspiration.

  25. Denise
    Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 00:29 | #

    Hi guys,
    What a fun ad great idea!! Actually, a guy here in Adelaide (Australia) is doing the same thing, selling healthy vegetarian food from his bike. His company’s name is “Veggie Velo” and he has a blog too if you need some inspiration: http://veggievelo.blogspot.com.au/
    Soups looks delicious, def. going to try it!

  26. Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 02:15 | #

    I’m always looking for veg versions of Asian soups. Can’t wait to try out the Cambodian Noodle Soup this weekend!

  27. Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 03:45 | #

    I love the sound of the Corn & Sweet Potato soup. Made me so hungry looking at the photos too.

  28. Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 04:23 | #

    That sounds amazing! Do it!! :P
    Spreading joy and healthiness from a bike = awesome!

  29. Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 06:29 | #

    I truly wish I lived in Sweden so I could stop by and sample these soups. They look truly amazing. I guess I will just have to make them at home. Thanks for the beautiful photos and the recipes!

  30. Posted 14 Mar ’14 at 11:22 | #

    I love the idea of a soup bicycle (especially as so much of the soup you can buy for lunch tends to be watery in terms of flavour and still too salty). Love the sound of both of the soup recipes you created as well – I might have to give the potato and corn version a go before it gets too warm for such winter comforts and I will be more draw to a spicy pho!

  31. Posted 15 Mar ’14 at 20:01 | #

    I wanted you to know that today, I received your book, in Dutch, today at my doorstep! It is amazing & I wanted to tell you that!
    I have been a longtime fan of your cool blog & tasty recipes!!
    You rock! Many greetings from a foodie fan from Belgium! :)
    I made your sweet potato soup & it is a real winner too! Yummm!

  32. Posted 17 Mar ’14 at 14:22 | #

    sweet potato soup is one of my favorite…yum yum

  33. Posted 17 Mar ’14 at 22:08 | #

    A food bike sounds like the most amazing thing ever. Holy moly, those soups look amazing. I think I need to make my way over to Sweden! I’ve been wanting to! :) It’s on my list along with Germany, Austria, France, etc…oh well, too many wonderful places to visit :)

  34. Posted 18 Mar ’14 at 00:05 | #

    I will be making both of these soon. Beautiful recipes and presentation!

  35. Bianca
    Posted 18 Mar ’14 at 23:31 | #

    How fantastic, satisfying and rewarding that you can assist with such a worthy cause. I’m sure it makes the recipe development extra enjoyable and the food taste even better. Well done! I made the Cambodian soup and it was really delicious, thank you.

  36. Posted 19 Mar ’14 at 04:41 | #

    Food bike already sounds so exciting! Love these delicious soups :)

  37. Posted 19 Mar ’14 at 23:23 | #

    2 amazing soups for an awesome cause!!! You guys rock! Thank YOU and big hug from across the ocean.

  38. Posted 20 Mar ’14 at 02:21 | #

    What delicious soups and what a great cause!! ;)

    Food tastes so much better when there’s a thoughtful giving reason behind it. Wish I could have enjoyed those soups off these food trucks!
    A fantastic idea – wish it was done a lot more frequently.
    xox
    ella

  39. Posted 21 Mar ’14 at 00:47 | #

    Wow what a great idea. I dont suppose your food bike will make it to Australia will it? :-)

  40. Posted 22 Mar ’14 at 00:10 | #

    Åh äntligen klickade jag hem er kokbok och är sååå pepp! Vilken superfin bok!! Jag har en 3-åring som typ bara äter pasta och korv, jag tänker att jag börjar bakifrån med efterrätterna. Tack för en fin, fin, fin bok!!!

  41. Posted 23 Mar ’14 at 10:42 | #

    Looooove the look of these, and what a great cause! “Jew and a Danish hippie” had me in stitches, too ;)

  42. Sandra
    Posted 24 Mar ’14 at 18:52 | #

    Hi!
    I made the cambodian soup last night. It was delicious and reminded me very much at my trip to this beautiful country! Thank you once again for a wonderfull recipe. Your blog has really improved the way I eat.

  43. Posted 25 Mar ’14 at 03:07 | #

    We’re heading into soup weather here in Australia and I’m keen to give your Haitian corn & sweet potato soup a go! Looks deliciously hearty yet simple.

  44. Posted 25 Mar ’14 at 08:37 | #

    If you guys start a food bike I will totally move to Stockholm. From Australia.

  45. brenna
    Posted 25 Mar ’14 at 19:42 | #

    this is lovely! Check out a new kind of news source that compared the benefits of raw and cooked foods! http://www.niaterra.com/nias/4/Raw-Food–Is-cooked-food-healthier-than-raw-food

  46. Posted 27 Mar ’14 at 19:10 | #

    Hejsan Luise och David! Jag fyllde 16 måndags och fick er fantastiska bok. Nu längtar jag efter att flytta hemifrån och laga mat på rikitgt, haha. Tack för att ni finns!

  47. Posted 28 Mar ’14 at 17:46 | #

    I have written a short dystopian story satire of meat eating. I think vegetarians might quite like the book. I have put a link to the story for amazon kindle. See what you think!
    The Human Sheep
    https://kindle.amazon.com/work/the-human-sheep-dystopian-enslaved-ebook/B00J5NCBUU/B00J5NCBUU

  48. Joanne Richards
    Posted 31 Mar ’14 at 11:21 | #

    I made the lemongrass soup and it was divine-I found the honey slightly overwhelming (we have pretty strongly flavoured honey here in Australia!) I also added bok choy and chicken thigh to bulk it up a bit. Just delicious!

  49. Aris
    Posted 4 Apr ’14 at 10:01 | #

    I love the idea about the food bike. I have a small company together with a friend and we have a café bike that we put up in different places around Lund in southern Sweden to sell coffee to passers-by. If you want to check it out, just google “Wheely’s café” and our facebook page should be the top hit. I’ve also been thinking about selling food but there is some trouble with regulations about hygiene and storing that one needs to get sorted first.

  50. Posted 24 May ’14 at 10:46 | #

    I made the sweet potato soup tonight and it was delicious! :)

  51. Posted 29 May ’14 at 16:58 | #

    mmm, delicious.. I love soups! I hope I manage to cook it right :) Thanks for the recipe :)

  52. Posted 17 Jun ’14 at 04:29 | #

    Delicious! Making this tonight.

  53. joanne
    Posted 3 Aug ’14 at 10:44 | #

    Both soups look delicious, but I can’t tolerate spicey (hot) food, and was wondering if the chile in the recipes make them very spicey hot? Also, can you please tell me what kind of chile was used? Thanks!

  54. Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 21:31 | #

    This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out for one of the Holstee dinners :) PS: Love the bicycle idea!

  55. Ara
    Posted 24 Oct ’14 at 04:26 | #

    I’m Cambodian. Made the Cambodian Noodle Soup with Tofu & Lemongrass and I approve ;)

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