Seafood Soup
[1] Ready for his close-up: Our crustacean friend is holding a piece of lime, to be squeezed into the soup at the HM Grand Central Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (photo courtesy Pexels).

Shrimp Soup With Crayfish
[2] You can serve a larger bowl or a smaller bowl. We recommend a larger service plate under the bowlm so the crayfish tail can be pulled apart and eaten.


Pièce de résistance, a French term, originally referred to the principal dish of a grand meal, or a dessert, created to be a showpiece.

While the term literally translates as “piece of resistance,” the reference is to the most important or remarkable feature.

You don’t have to work too hard to create a pièce de résistance.

Here, a simple bowl of seafood soup is turned into a memorable dish by the simple addition of a crayfish*.

The crayfish looks like he’s ready to start a conversation (e.g., “Let me out of here!).

His tail is a tasty addition to the other seafood in the soup, and his claws are utilitarian: They hold a piece of lime to squeeze into the soup.

The take-away: Keep your eye out for a “piece of resistance” element for whatever you’re serving.

The book Play With Your Food is just one tome with lots of ideas.

*A crayfish is also known as a crawdad, crawfish, freshwater lobster, mountain lobster, mudbug, or yabbie. It is a freshwater crustacean resembling a small lobster to which it is related.



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