Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dumpling noodle soup... your own version!

SOUP.
I used to hate the stuff. 

Maybe hate is too strong a word... 
I just thought it was a fake meal. 
All liquidy & no substance! What a waste!

Thanks to Muffin, North America, South East Asia and my palate.. I am now a soup lover!


(I've always been a curly straw lover)

Sometimes when you're home alone, you make dumpling soup whilst listening to Lady Gaga and Beyonce really loud.. then later you eat 2 chocolate bars in a row and instantly feel really sick...
SOME people do that... I mean.... So I've heard..
so they say..


This soup is good for*: 
families
couples
children
fussy people
monkeys
cats
dogs
sloths
stick insects

(*some of these are untrue)

The base soup is simple and then you add your own special flavours in the bowl.

That's right - RIGHT IN THE BOWL, I SAID.


This idea works for many reasons. 


One example could be that you personally LOVE the taste of sesame oil,
heck, you would wear it as a perfume if you could... 


but unfortunately your boyfriend is all sesamed out from the past 4 years of forced consumption.. he has now become bitter towards you and your relationship with sesame. 

~ So he passes you the sesame oil (and seeds!) and he goes without (such a shame)
Again... so I've heard. 


This is more about ratios than recipes, really.

It's about your own taste buds.. Mine goes something like this:                 

1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 Tablespoon black vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chilli sauce/hot sauce/sriracha
1/2 teaspoon vegetarian oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon black bean sauce
1/2 teaspoon pickled ginger liquid & 2 pieces sliced ginger
few drops sesame oil
sprinkle toasted sesame seeds
1 birdseye chilli, sliced, seeds removed

But hey... I'm a complicated bug.

 plain broth, before seasonings
delicious broth, after added seasonings

Noodle & Dumpling Soup.

Broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked chinese noodles (or 2 min noodles)
1/2 teaspoon stock powder
2 chunks ginger

Bring water, stock and ginger to the boil. When your vegetables are almost cooked through, add noodles until cooked.

Vegetables (1 cup ANY mixed vegies. I used...)
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon sliced onion
5 broccoli florets
1/4 cup diced eggplant
2 big handfuls chopped chinese greens
1/4 cup frozen soy beans
3 frozen vegetable dumplings

Heat a frying pan and throw in oil, onion, broccoli and eggplant. Season with salt and pepper.
After 5 minutes, add in 1/4 cup broth and chinese greens, soy beans and frozen dumplings. 
Place lid on top until dumplings & soy beans are entirely cooked through, shaking pan throughout, about 5 mins.

Discard ginger from broth.
Transfer broth and noodles to a big bowl.
Top with vegetables and dumplings and season to your liking with sauces, chilies etc! 


Eat it with someone special, feeling glee, joy and pure happiness.

2 comments:

  1. interessting that u add ginger in the soup. I have never donne that and I am quite curious to know how it alters the flavoure of the soup. thanks for the tip!

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  2. Yep! It's just adds a nice little zip of ginger flavour without having to chew on it! I do it pretty often.. possibly because i am too lazy to cut it up! Give it a go :)

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