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Asian Noodle Soup

INGREDIENTS

These quatities make one portion of soup:

  • 150-200ml beef stock (hot)
  • 1 portion of rice noodles
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2tsp fish sauce
  • 1tsp lime juice
  • 1 red chili
  • Small lump of ginger
  • Few green pepper corns
  • Bunch of green stuff: coriander, basil, parsley, pak choi, 1 spring onion, half a lemongrass stalk, outer removed.
  • 100g beef fillet steak
  • 1tsp palm sugar
Asian Noodle Soup

METHOD

I can't take full credit (or any actually) for this recipe. I was watching Rick Stein's program the other week. A few days later, I came in from a day biking and wondered what to have to pick myself up. Baked beans? Cheese toasty? Not today. Because I had a brain wave. Or rather cobbled together a dish inspired be aforementioned Pudstow legend. I had a small bit of fillet beef in the fridge, some stock in the freezer, and fresh chilis, spring onions, pak choi, corriander and basil in the glasshouse.

Method:

  • Prepare yor ingedients: chop the spring onions in half, bash the garlic and lemongrass.
  • Throw the white of the onion, the garlic and the lemon grass into your warming stalk.
  • Finely chop the herbs, ginger, chili and pak choi. Slice the beef into 3mm thick slices.
  • Cook the noodles in some lightly salted water. Drain.
  • Place noodles in a warm soup bowl. Place the beef on top.
  • Pour over your boiling hot stock along with the garlic, lemon grass and onion so it covers the the noodles and beef slices.
  • This is how the beef is cooked!! Just the residual heat is enough to barely cook the beef.
  • Add the fish sauce, pepper corns, palm sugar, bit of black pepper.
  • Now, throw in the ginger, chili and the green herbs and pak choi, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Ready to serve!!
  • Just before you tuck in (with chopstick) give the greens a good stir in to the stock and tuck in.
  • It is typical in S.E. Asia: hot, savory, sour, sweet and aromatic.
  • It is a great refreshing and delicious soup.
  • Just the carb and protein hit I needed after 6 hours biking.
  • And it is pretty much FAT FREE. Not that I really care, it just happened by accident, honest!!