The Soup Nazi’s Crab Bisque
Posted above the counter of the Soup Nazi’s take-out-only Soup Kitchen International is a sign laying out the important three steps to properly buying soup. Knowing that to violate the rules is to risk being refused service, I decided to ask Al Yeganeh a few questions about the November 1995 Seinfeld episode that made him famous. The interview was very brief.
TW: How do you feel about all the publicity that followed the Seinfeld episode?
AY: I didn’t need it. I was known well enough before that. I don’t need it.
TW: But it must have been good for business, right?
AY: He [Seinfeld] used me. He used me. I didn’t use him, he used me.
TW: How many people do you serve in a day?
AY: I cannot talk to you. If I talk I cannot work.
TW: How many different soups do you serve?
AY: (getting very upset) I cannot talk. (Pointing to sign) Move to the left. Next.
Tonight is the big final episode of Seinfeld, and TSR’s final soup tribute is the Crab Bisque. This is the soup Jerry orders in the show and it is the most requested Soup Nazi clone.
4 pounds snow crab clusters (legs)
4 quarts water (16 cups)
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, quartered
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons half and half
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1. Remove all the crab meat from the shells and set it aside.
2. Put half of the shells into a large pot with 4 quarts of water over high heat. Add onion 1 stalk of chopped celery, and garlic, then bring mixture to a boil. Continue to boil for 1 hour, stirring occasionally (The white part of the shells will start to become transparent), then strain stock. Discard the shells, onion, celery and garlic, keeping only the stock.
3. Measure 3 quarts (12 cups) of the stock into a large sauce pan or cooking pot. If you don’t have enough stock, add enough water to make 3 quarts.
4. Add potatoes, bring mixture to a boil, then add 1/2 of the crab and the remaining ingredients to the pot and bring it back to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours, uncovered until it reduces by about half and starts to thicken. Add the remaining crab and simmer for another hour until the soup is very thick. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes 4-6 servings.