Monday, February 4, 2013

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

 Yesterday was one of those frigid, damp days which no matter how many layers you put on, the cold still finds you.  It was a day that called for some slightly spicy but very hot, Asian chicken noodle soup.  I am about to embark on learning the art of ramen cooking.  I have been reading volumes about it. It is much more complicated than this recipe and I will show you as I learn.  For now, this is a quick easy soup that anyone can make.

 The first step was to press as much moisture out of the tofu as possible.  I love this tofu press.

   You need a noodle that will not get mushy. Spaghetti holds up well.  For this recipe I used angel hair and soaked them in hot tap water.  Next time I would use spaghetti and cook it al dente and add it to the bowl just before serving.

 Add about 8 cups of chicken broth to a heavy pot.

 Dice 6 cloves of garlic and add them to the broth.  Bring the broth to a simmer.

 Add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar.

Add 1 tablespoon of chili garlic paste.

Add 2 tablespoons of freshly grated garlic.

3 tablespoons of fish sauce. 

Cut the drained tofu into small chunks and add it to the broth.

Add 1/2 can of coconut milk and let the soup simmer for about 30 minutes.

Place some noodles in the bowl and ladle the soup over them.  Grab some chopsticks and slurp away!

12 comments:

Guillaume said...

Interesting Asian twist on an old classic. I LOVE chicken noodle soup.

Robin Larkspur said...

It does look easy to make, and is truly a perfect cold day soup!
BTW, love your nail polish!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I love a spicy chicken noodle soup! I've never done it myself but I've bought it in some Asian restaurants.

I've never been a fan of tofu though, it doesn't taste much to be honest so I can't say I dislike it either to be honest :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Joy said...

Yum! As you know, I often make Asian-style chicken noodle soup or Balinese-style often here in Istanbul. Good luck learning ramen from scratch! Maybe there's a local Japanese person you can learn from? ;-)

Patty Woodland said...

The slurping is the best part! Soba noodles would probably be good too

Chung said...

Thank you for sharing, this soup truly does look delicious!

Cheryl said...

This will be tomorrow night's supper.
How firm a tofu do I buy?

Laurie said...

now you;re talking!!!, I love this YUMMO!!!!!Have a great day!!!Hope you get some snow, I see a bit coming your way but I think it then warms up, poor Teddy, ( I didn't see it in a vision) I watched the weather channel, thought I better clear that up!!!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

"...about to embark on learning the art of ramen cooking."

Yet another project!!!! You are tireless!!!

And I still say, there are many like me, who would love to be able to buy a little bottle of your "I-must-keep-doing-doing-doing-ness"!!!! :-)

But that 'tis not to be. YOu are either born with it, or not.

"Auntie"

Dog Trot Farm said...

TOFU? I am being honest when I say the thought of eating Tofu scares me!!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That's what followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster say after a prayer: RA-MEN!

luckybunny said...

Oh this looks divine! So warming, especially for damp days like you said. Cold here now, down to -10 F last night. It's cold today but nice and clear like Feb usually is :) A good soup day!