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Quick Asian Noodle Soup

Asian Noodle Soup

This is adapted from one of the recipes demonstrated by Donal Skehan [1] at the Stop Food Waste launch and is based, he told us, on the idea of instant noodle pots [2] as made by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – a homemade (and significantly healthier) alternative to the pot noodle [3].

The execution couldn’t be simpler: soften some rice noodles with boiling water or stock, stir in your flavourings, vegetables and other ingredients et voilà. Of course it’s a good idea to chop or otherwise prepare and assemble all of the ingredients before you pour the water or stock over your noodles so that you can add them quickly without things getting too cold.

You’ll need:
  • 1 tblsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 0.5 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated root ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 50g fine rice noodles
  • 350ml boiling water or use chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 3 tblsp chopped fresh coriander
  • finely sliced fresh red chilli to taste (optional)
  • approx. 75g Chinese cabbage (i.e. napa cabbage [4]), finely shredded
You’ll also need:
  • A pyrex or other heatproof bowl for putting the soup together.
The Steps:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, lime juice, tomato purée, toasted sesame oil, grated ginger and grated garlic.
  • Place the noodles in your heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water or stock.
  • When the noodles are soft (probably around 2 minutes or so) stir in the soy sauce mixture along with the spring onions, chopped coriander and sliced chilli (if using), reserving some spring onions and coriander for garnish. Finally stir in the shredded Chinese cabbage. Serve scattered with the reserved spring onion and coriander.
The Variations:
  • There are many things that you could stir into this as the mood takes you: shredded cooked chicken or pork; cooked prawns; or a plain 1-egg omelette, cut into ribbons. Lightly steamed slices of broccoli and/or mange tout would also work well, as would crushed toasted peanuts.
The Results:
  • One substantial portion of noodle soup or two smaller ones.