When the evening is rainy and you don’t feel like venturing out to the store for dinner fixings, there is nothing like big bowl of soup to get you through the night. Especially when it is easy and quick to prepare, and good for you.
I had to do a bit of digging into the freezer, the fridge and the pantry to see what was available, and in the process came up with a new soup recipe. I have been reading similar recipes for years but have never tried this combination of ingredients before.
I loved the richness that the mushrooms and their broth added, the bright green of the spinach, the play of textures with the tofu and rice noodles, the saltiness from the tamari & miso paste…I could go on. In case you haven’t guessed, this soup will definitely be made again and soon.
Chicken Noodle Soup – Asian style (serves 2)
1. Cover 15 grams of dried mushroom with boiling water and let soak for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the mushrooms (reserving the broth) and roughly chop. You can use fresh mushrooms as well but I like the “meatiness” and variety of using dried mushrooms.
2. Heat 500 grams of chicken stock in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
3. When stock is heated, stir in 1 tbsp of tamari (or soy saucee) and 1 tbsp of miso paste.
4. Add two generous handfuls of baby spinach, 50 grams of rice noodles (I broke these up in pieces before adding) and the mushrooms along with their broth. Mix together and cover. Cook until noodles are soft.
5. Add 100 grams of chopped firm tofu, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Serve & enjoy!
You could add slivered green onions as a garnish, use soba instead of rice noodles, substitute with vegetable broth if you want to keep this vegetarian. So many options…