Shkembe Chorba (Tripe Soup) - new
Shkembe Chorba (Tripe Soup)
1/2 kg tripe (calf belly)
120 ml sunflower oil
250 ml fresh milk
1 teaspoon paprika
black pepper (freshly ground)
garlic (peeled and roughly sliced)
red wine vinegar
dried hot chili peppers, plus
roughly ground dried hot chili peppers (with seeds)
Boil the tripe for a couple of minutes then clean both sides of the tripe with a knife until it is completely clean of marks and film.
Rinse and place it in a pot of cold water and bring to the boil.
Leave to simmer for around 5 hours topping up the water every once in a while so the tripe is submersed at all times.
The cooked tripe should be removed (keep the stock to one side) and cut up into small chunks, some prefer it minced.
Add some salt to the stock along with the paprika, milk and oil and boil for a further 15 minutes. Finally add the tripe to the soup mixture and it's ready to serve.
Serve in soup bowls or deep dishes along with salt, vinegar, chopped garlic and more roughly ground hot chili in separate serving utensils alongside. A basket of fresh bread is also customary.
A rarity but this dish is not meant to be served with any alcoholic beverage. Its design presents itself be the Bulgarian cure for hangovers. However you might want to go on another binge just to get to try this again afterwards.