1Prepare Optional ingredients if desired:
Thin Slice beef and/or radish (about 1/8 inch thick).
Note: Partially freezing the beef will make it easier to slice.
Cut chives into 1 inch lengths.
Slice peppers in thin slices from top to bottom.
2Wash bean sprouts and remove any remaining roots.
3Cut scallion/onion into 1/2 inch sections with a diagonal cut.
4Slice garlic cloves in half from top to bottom.
5In a large pot, add salt, anchovies, and dried kelp to water and bring to a full boil over high heat.
Remove anchovies and kelp from broth and discard.
6Add garlic, and any or all of the optional ingredients to pot.
Return to boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for two minutes.
7Add bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms, and chili pepper flakes and cook for one more minute.
8Remove from heat, add green onion/scallion and sprinkle with sesame seed.
Chef Theo Friedman's dinners center around multi-course, intimate, and experimental pop-up experiences. He brings new perspectives to food by being inspired by artists, ingredients, and the passionate diners who attend his one-of-a-kind events. In honor of Chef Theo's partnership with Stella Artois, he takes advantage of Union Square Greenmarket's and North Brooklyn Farms' fresh produce to create the ultimate end of summer menu.
White Bean and Ham Soup
A humble ham bone is the basis of this hearty, classic soup. Carrots, onions, celery, and thyme add nuance to the savory broth, and white beans add bulk and creamy texture (some beans are mashed to thicken the soup, while some are left whole). Diced ham stirred in at the end makes this a filling, flavorful meal. Read more.
Basic Vegetable Soup
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.
Easy Lentil Soup
This easy lentil soup is healthy, filling, and delicious. It happens to be vegetarian, too, and is packed not only with tender yet toothsome lentils, but carrot, celery, onion, spinach, and tomato. A little bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine or sherry vinegar perks everything up. Perfect with a loaf of good, crusty bread! Read more.
Classic Tomato Soup
This comforting tomato soup is super easy and super delicious. Canned San Marzano tomatoes marry with soft, sautéed onions and garlic, a pinch of red pepper, and chicken broth to create a soothing, savory bowl. Finished with a bit of cream, this is begging for a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. But really, it tastes great with lots of things, as well as on its own (though a basil and Parmesan garnish doesn't hurt). Read more.