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Winter Special – Quick & Easy Noodle Soup

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When the cold days arrive, all we want is some comfort in a bowl. & this noodle soup is just perfect for those soupy cravings. It is packed with noodles – everyone’s favorite – dipped in a flavorful vegetable broth and topped with some veggies cooked in some aromatic Asian spices. It hits just the right spot in every bite.

It is quite a simple, quick, and easy soup recipe. It is a crowd-pleaser and the aroma – your entire home will have that. So, make it today and enjoy this Asian meal (or starter) with your family. Everyone will fall in love with this.

STORY TIME

Noodle soups (or ramen) are my favorite. Earlier, when we used to go out for dinner and I want soup, I always ordered Manchow soup. Why? Because it has got noodles – crispy noodles. I always ask for some extra noodles because I want them in every bite. That nice crunch in every bite, I love that. Plus, it combines my two passions – noodles and soup 😀

But then I started watching K-Dramas. I came across a new world of noodle soup – Ramen. After watching episodes after episodes and everyone eating noodles dipped in some broth, I felt like trying that myself. I craved for it so much that I started searching for vegetarian ramen recipes. Then I came across an amazing Youtube channel – Yeung Man Cooking. His noodle soups are vegan and so delightful. Ahhh…he made me fall in love with the noodle soups all over again and this time, it is much stronger and deep 🙂

Now I experiment with different kinds of Asian spices and flavors and create a new noodle soup bowl every time. It is not just satisfying but after all the kitchen experiments, you end up with such an addictive meal. I tried so many noodle soups – chili oil ramen and Khow suey are my favorite. You must try them. I make them quite often now, especially in winters. I started craving again 🙂

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WHAT IS NOODLE SOUP?

Noodle soup is a popular Asian cuisine – mostly East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan states of South Asia. This soup is packed with noodles and a light flavorful broth. You can top it up with any veggie of your choice. If you are a non-vegetarian then you can add some meat or eggs too. It can be garnished with some peanuts, sesame seeds, or simple chili oil for a nice kick.

I believe there is no set recipe for noodle soup (or any recipe for that matter). You can experiment and re-design to suit your taste buds. We get so many kinds of noodles these days – whole wheat noodles, rice noodles, glass noodles, millet noodles. We also get some flavor-infused noodles like pumpkin noodles, wakame noodles, or whatnot.

2 Main components of a noodle soup are:

  1. Noodles
  2. Light Broth

You must try our vegetable broth recipe which I make from all the vegetable peels which we mostly discard. You will be surprised to see how much flavorful and aromatic this broth can get. Vegetable peels contain so much nutrition and making broth with that is a nice idea. Also, it creates less waste too which is the need of the hour.

vegetable broth
Vegetable Broth

One more thing that I always prefer in my noodle soups is homemade chili oil. It makes the soup even tastier. It takes the taste to the next level. We both just love it. We have a recipe for homemade chili oil and it has become our kitchen essential now. You can make so many different things with this – Khow suey, chili oil ramen, chili garlic noodles, chili garlic fried rice. It is good to have it at all times for those lazy days when you don’t want to cook. Just throw in some veggies in chili oil and add rice or noodles. That’s it. & you make great restaurant-style food at home.

Chili Oil
Homemade Chili Oil

EASY SWAPS

  1. Use any noodles that you have got – whole wheat noodles, rice noodles, millet noodles, glass noodles or even Maggi. Oh yeah. That’s our little secret.
  2. Use any stock that you have. I always prefer some homemade fresh vegetable stock but you can also try with some store-bought stock cubes.
  3. This soup tastes very nice with a little sprinkle of sesame seeds and some crushed peanuts on top.
  4. You can use any vegetable in this soup. I mostly prefer mushrooms and bell peppers in my noodle soups but you can even add zucchini, broccoli, celery, carrot, etc.

Noodle Soup

IS THIS RECIPE VEGAN?

Yes. Of course.

This recipe is made with 100 percent whole wheat flour noodles. It has got vegetable broth. All the ingredients are plant-based. You must try it.

More Vegan recipes – Khow Suey, Italian Minestrone Soup, Thai Green Curry.

MORE SOUPS TO TRY IN WINTERS

  1. Minestrone Soup or Pasta Soup
  2. Veg Khow Suey
  3. Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

Now you are all ready to make this delicious, comforting, nutritious, vegetarian noodle soup at home. So, grab all the ingredients, and let’s start cooking. You can also call it ramen too because it is fancier 🙂

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Noodle Soup

Recipe

Winter Special – Quick & Easy Noodle Soup

Wholesome. Hearty. Flexible.

Servings

2

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

15 min

Rest Time

0 min

Ingredients

Sauteed Veggies

  • 130 g Mushrooms cut lengthwise
  • 1 cup Broccoli cut lengthwise
  • 1 cup Mixed Bell Peppers cubed
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Black Bean Garlic Sauce
  • Salt to taste

Other

  • 150 g Noodles
  • Water to boil noodles
  • 1 l Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp Dried Seaweed
  • 2 tbsp Frozen Edamame

Toppings (per serving)

  • 1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Homemade Chilli Oil
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Peanuts crushed
  • White Sesame Seeds roasted
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Spring Onion Greens chopped

Steps

Sauteed Veggies

  1. Heat some sesame oil in a pan and throw in cut mushrooms and broccoli. Cook till mushrooms are slightly soft.
  2. Add black bean garlic paste and mix everything well and cook for a minute. 
  3. Add mixed bell peppers and saute for a minute. Make sure everything is well combined and mixed in the sauce. 
    Don't soften the bell peppers. We need them slightly crunchy.
  4. Sprinkle some salt only if needed. Black bean paste itself is quite salty so taste before making adjustments. Keep it aside.

Other Preparations

  1. Heat water in a pan. Add some salt to it. Boil. 
  2. Once the water is boiled, add noodles and cook as per the packet instructions. Strain the noodles. 
  3. Take some dried seaweed in a bowl and crush them a little with your hand. Add boiling water to soften.
    Don't discard the water. Add this seaweed flavored water to the broth or use it later.
  4. Add boiling water to the frozen edamame and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Drain the water.
  5. Boil the broth too in a pan. Adjust the salt. 

Serving

  1. In a bowl, add soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili oil. 
  2. On top of that goes some boiled noodles. Pour in some broth as needed. I prefer dipping the noodles in the broth.
  3. Top it with some sauteed veggies. Garnish with seaweed, edamame, and chopped spring onions. 
  4. Finish it off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds (white & black), peanuts, and some chili oil. 
  5. Your homemade happy meal is ready. Enjoy it while watching your favourite K-Drama :)
frequently asked questions

FAQs

What is Noodle Soup?
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Noodle soup is a popular Asian cuisine – mostly East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan states of South Asia. This soup is packed with noodles and a light flavorful broth. You can top it up with any veggie of your choice. If you are a non-vegetarian then you can add some meat or eggs too. It can be garnished with some peanuts, sesame seeds, or simple chili oil for a nice kick. I believe there is no set recipe for noodle soup (or any recipe for that matter). You can experiment and re-design to suit your taste buds. We get so many kinds of noodles these days – whole wheat noodles, rice noodles, glass noodles, millet noodles. We also get some flavor-infused noodles like pumpkin noodles, wakame noodles, or whatnot. 2 Main components of a noodle soup are:
  1. Noodles
  2. Light Broth

What is a vegetable broth or vegetable stock?
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Vegetable broth or vegetable stock is the same thing. It is a flavourful water which is made of any kind of vegetables (or fruits) with some herbs and spices added to it. The water is then brewed on the lowest flame for around 1 to 2 hours. This time allows it to absorb all the nutrients and flavors from the veggies. The water is then strained and stored in jars. You can store it for up to a week or 10 days in your refrigerator. Some people also store it for a month but I never tried that. I make a big batch during the winter and finish it within a week.

You can also make vegetable broth using all the vegetable peels. I make it like that and you will be surprised how some vegetable peels which we discard can add so much depth of flavor to the stock. Moreover, it reduces your kitchen waste too which is also nice and eco-friendly.


Is eating noodle soup healthy?
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I believe that no food is healthy or unhealthy. It is your relationship with the food that makes the food healthy or unhealthy for your body. Noodle soup contains a light and nutritious broth which is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can support your health when you are sick or have a cold. It boosts your immunity. If you make non-veg broth then it will provide you proteins too. There are plenty of noodles available these days – whole wheat, millets, rice, etc. Just check the ingredients and choose the healthier option. Store-bough ones might contain a lot of salt or if they are packed in aluminum tins then again it won’t be a healthier choice. But homemade ones are always the best and healthy option. If you don’t have time then just look for healthy store-bought soups.


What is Ramen?
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Ramen is a Japanese soup recipe that contains some noodles and light, nutritious and flavourful broth. The soup can be topped with a variety of things – sauteed veggies, egg, meat, peanuts, chili oil, sesame seeds, spring onions, etc. This soup tastes so good. You must give it a try.


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