Mushroom noodle soup


DSC_0680This isn’t the first noodle soup recipe on this blog, and most assuredly, not the last; this however is (as immodest as it may sound) the alpha and the omega of soupy noodle world. Meatless magic in all its crimson glory. The red blush that stains this fantastic broth is courtesy ‘Gochujang’; that vividly red Korean paste of hot peppers, easily available at your nearest Asian grocery store.

To stave off unwarranted hunger pangs at odd lunch hours, this soup is the way to your soul. Calm cooking, languorous eating, dangerously addictive. A big bowl of hearty sustenance and full bodied flavours , almost as piquant as you’d wish your dreams to be.

 

DSC_0639copyGreens of choice. I’m using Chinese lettuce here. Coriander, mushrooms, green onions, ginger and garlic, noodles, soy sauce and gochujang.

Use whatever mushrooms are handy. I’m using a mix of oysters and white beech mushrooms.

 

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Mince or chop together ginger and garlic

 

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as well as the white part of green onions. Save the green tails for later.

 

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In a pan or wok of choice, heat some oil and add the chopped/minced ginger+garlic+white part of green onions.

 

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cook until fragrant, or just about translucent

 

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add in the mushrooms

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and give it a good tossing about in the oil.

 

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add in a bunch of coriander into the pan with mushrooms. Save the rest for later.

 

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add water/stock to the pan.

 

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followed by a bit of salt. Only a bit.

 

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cover and let it come to a boil, letting it rapidly boil for 5 minutes.

 

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Chop the green ends of the spring onions

 

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and the coriander.

 

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add in an unapologetically fat glob of gochujang to the boiling mushroomy broth

 

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ah, the fierce redness. Let it come to a boil before adding in the noodles.

 

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cook noodles in the broth until they’re done.

 

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add the green ends of the green onions in the bottom of a serving bowl and douse liberally with soy sauce.

 

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layer on the lettuce

 

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upend the cooked contents of the pan. Broth and noodles.

 

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blanket the surface with chopped coriander

 

DSC_0680slurp hot!


Ingredients

stock/water: 750mls (3 cups)

mushrooms: 200g (2 cups)

green onions: 2

garlic: 1 clove

ginger: 2-3 cms piece

coriander: small bunch

gochujang: 60g (4tbsp)

soy sauce: 2tbsp

noodles: 1 nest

lettuce leaves: 3-4

salt to taste

*this recipe is a single serving big bowl.  Increase or decrease as per requirement


Recipe instructions

Heat two tbsp oil in a wok/pan and add in the chopped ginger, garlic and green onions. Cook until translucent and add in the mushrooms. Saute for a minute, add a few strands of coriander and add in water/stock. Sprinkle salt if needed.

Cover and let bubble for 5 minutes. Add in the gochujang paste and let it come to a boil before adding in the noodles. Let the noodles cook in the mushroomy broth.

Add to the serving bowl the chopped green onion tails and soy sauce. Layer with lettuce leaves and tip the contents of the cooked noodles in broth into the bowl.

Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot.

DSC_0681Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Korean style noodles


DSC_0746After binge eating and covering my innards with cheese, chocolate and butter, these Korean style noodles feel like an almost instant cleansing ritual. They taste fresh, spring like and the sharp spicy flavours almost feel like they’re exorcising all the fat away.

The reason I call these Korean style noodles and not Korean noodles is because they aren’t. This is a recipe that was created by moi, after I fell in love with and bought a big vat of Gochujang . It’s a Korean hot pepper paste, so vividly red and so flavourful that I’ve been adding it to almost everything I cook nowadays. After a stroke of greedy inspiration I came up with this noodles recipe, and as usual this is a recipe so forgiving and delightfully easy that you can make it your own using whatever ingredients you have handy and your fridge has to offer.

DSC_0709wthe ingredients are rather humble and easy to find. Chives, spring onions, chili, mushrooms, ham, chicken stock (I’m using powder you can use regular stock), gochujang and noodles. (also not pictured are soy sauce and sesame oil..sorry!)

These noodles here are something called (Hongshu Fen) sweet potato noodles. They’re a very popular noodles type from the Chinese province I live in (Hunan), but you can use any noodles that you have/find. I just happen to have/love these and that’s what I’m using.

DSC_0712begin by chopping your spring onions and chives and reserve the dark green parts and keep them separate.

DSC_0713chop your chillies.

DSC_0716chop your mushrooms and try to keep them into equal sized chunks.

DSC_0718nice pile of vegetables. I feel healthy already.

DSC_0719chop your meat..er.. ham! I shopped mine into fairly small squares because I was feeling so efficient.

DSC_0720now put your noodles to boil and here’s a close up of these noodles. They’re translucent and silky.

DSC_0722see what I mean. slippery noodles! yum!

DSC_0723once boiled, strain and remove them to your serving bowl.

DSC_0725add in the reserved greens from onions and chives and splash a bit of sesame oil. ah, this aroma.

DSC_0726find your favourite, most used, most tragic looking wok and pour in some oil

DSC_0727once it’s really really hot, throw in your vegetables

DSC_0728give them a good mix for a minute.

DSC_0730pour in some soy sauce

DSC_0732and finally, for the star of this show…our red as hell gochujang.. yummm

DSC_0733oooooh just look at this baby. There’s something rather poetic about the way it sounds and the way it gloops. oooh mama!!

DSC_0734mix it all until it’s red and looks dangerously tasty.

DSC_0735finally in with the ham.

DSC_0737add in your chicken stock if you’re using, I simply poured in hot water and added the chicken stock powder I had.

DSC_0739let it all come to a bubble like so.

DSC_0746and then pour it on your noodles to get this!! yes my lovers this is better than that, and any of that you were thinking of making because this has a kick, it’s a storm, it’s fire, it’s tangy, it’s full of such beautiful layers of flavours that you’d be reeling your head and wiping your tears of joy and some sweat.

Make this!!

Ingredients 

Gochujang: 2 tablespoons

mushrooms: 3-4 large

spring onions: 4-5

chives: 3-4

red chili: 1

ham: 3-4 slices (or use meat of choice, boiled chicken is good or leave out the meat and make it vegetarian)

chicken stock: 350 mls (1.5 cups)

soy sauce: 2 teaspoons

sesame oil: 1 teaspoon

noodles: 1 nest

oil: 2 teaspoons

salt to taste

Cooking instructions: chop the vegetables and ham into small dices keeping the mushrooms a bit chunky. Reserve the green parts of the chives and spring onions.

Boil the noodles strain the water and keep in serving bowl. Add in the reserved greens and pour over the sesame oil.

In a hot wok add oil and once it starts shimmering add in all the vegetables and cook for a minute. Add the soy sauce and gochujang and cook for a minute. Add in the stock and let it come to a boil.

Pour this over the cooked noodles and serve hot.

DSC_0743enjoy!!