Winter is coming…bring out your stock pots…
My favourite season is here, yes you heard that right – I love winter! I mean let’s be honest what’s not to love – you can eat what you want, sit in front of the fire snuggled up in your favourite blanket all day (yes on a cold winter day it is totally ok!) and winter fashion, seriously how can you not fall in love with those beautifully tailored woolen pants or that perfect trench coat?
Another thing that is great about winter – it’s the perfect season to enjoy delicious soups. Creamy soups, chunky soups, dumpling soups or noodle soups, the variety is truly endless! This season I will be posting a lot of soups for you to try, but for starters here’s a spicy noodle soup recipe. To be honest this noodle soup is so delicious, it can be enjoyed all year round.
Don’t let the list of ingredients bring you down, most of these are pantry staples and as for the others you will be using them a lot if you intend on cooking some of my lip smackingly delicious recipes.
So without further ado here’s presenting my…Spicy Vegetable Noodle Soup
Ingredients: 19 Cooking time: 1 hr 15 mins
For the broth
- One large brown onion, coarsely chopped
- Four celery sticks, coarsely chopped
- Five pods of smashed garlic
- Two inch piece of smashed ginger
- Five to six pieces of sliced shiitake mushrooms
- Two kaffir lime leaves
- Half a lime, deseeded
- Three to four red chillies chopped
- Coriander root, coarsely chopped
- Two tablespoons of soy sauce
- Two tablespoons of chinese rice wine
- Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
- Salt to season
- Five cups of water
- You can use flat rice noodles, Singapore noodles or udon noodles (I used udon noodles)
- Bunch of Asian greens
- One cup of carrots, sliced
- One cup tofu, cubed
- One cup of broccolini, florets and stems sliced
We will start by making the broth, which is the centrepiece of a good noodle soup
To make the broth – heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil, add the coarsely chopped onion, smashed ginger and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent and you can smell those beautiful aromas.
Now add the chopped coriander root, celery, red chillies, shiitake mushrooms and give all the ingredients a good stir.
Add water, followed by soy sauce, chinese rice wine, sliced lime and kaffir lime leaves. Bring the broth to a boil on a medium heat and the cover the pan with a lid, letting the stock simmer for one hour on a low heat.
Strain the broth and keep hot until ready to serve.
While the broth is simmering, cook the noodles as per packet instructions and keep warm until ready to serve.
For the toppings, lightly blanch the greens and carrots. In a wok add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and quickly stir fry the vegetables and tofu with some finely chopped ginger and a tablespoon of vegetable oil (Please note: stir frying the toppings is optional).
To serve – divide noodles between two bowls, arrange toppings over noodles and finally ladle about 2 cups of broth into each bowl. Garnish with extra chopped red chillies for that extra fiery zing! Enjoy!