Pak Choi Noodle Soup
Recipe: Pak Choi Noodle Soup
Pak Choi Noodle Soup is a comforting, filling, delicious soup that comes together within 20 minutes. Make it more wholesome by adding your choice of protein like chicken, fish, meat, tofu, eggs, etc.
What Is Chinese Lantern Festival?
Also known as Yuan Xiao, this festival is celebrated in China and other SE Asian Countries. It honours the deceased. This festival falls on the 15th day of the first month(yuan) of the lunar year. It also marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations and the appearnace of the first full moon of the lunar year. Colourful lanterns are an integral part of the celebration, thus the name Chinese Lantern Festival.
Coming to food, small glutinous rice balls filled with fruits and nuts, called yuanxiao or tangyuan, are eaten during the festival. The round shape of the balls symbolizes wholeness and unity within the family.
However Sunday Funday Group have decided to celebrate this festival with their favourite Chinese Food.
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Ingredients Required For Pak Choi Noodle Soup
- Pak Choi – also known as bok choi, pak choy, spoon cabbage, chinese cabbage. Usually one head of pak choi is not very big. Therefore, I use the whole head for this recipe.
- Onion – use a small to medium onion. Can use red, white or yellow. Peel and slice it.
- Garlic – I have used 6 cloves of garlic. Adjust according to your taste. Slice them, chop finely or mince.
- Ginger – peel and grate or mince.
- Bean Sprouts – use home sprouted ones or ready made. I prefer ready made for this recipe.
- Bell Pepper – diced. Use any colour you have at hand, red, yellow, orange or green.
- French Beans – green beans, finely sliced.
- Snow Peas – trim the ends and cut them into halves.
- Noodles – use good quality noodles. Egg noodles, soba, udon, etc.
- Oil – I use sunflower oil.
- Sesame Oil – use good quality sesame oil. Optional.
- Salt – add according to your taste.
- Vinegar – I like to use rice vinegar. Use any good quality vinegar.
- Chinese 5 Spice Blend/ Powder – use homemade or ready made one.
- Stock – any of your choice. I have used vegetable stock.
- Protein – I have added marinated and grilled tofu. You can use any protein of your choice like chicken, fish, meat, prawns, eggs, etc. Check out this recipe for Spicy Tofu.
- Chilli Sauce – like Sriracha or homemade one. I like to use my homemade Garlic & Red Chilli Sauce. Add according to your taste.
How To Make Pak Choi Noodle Soup
PAK CHOI NOODLE SOUP
INGREDIENTS FOR PAK CHOI NOODLE SOUP
- 1 head pak choi
- 1 small onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- ½ cup French Beans thinly sliced
- ¼ cup bell pepper diced
- 2 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup snow peas cut into halves
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 50 g noodles
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce light
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp five spice powder
- 1 tbsp chilli sauce
- 1 cup tofu grilled
- ½ tsp sesame seeds for serving
INGREDIENTS FOR CHINESE FIVE SPICE BLEND
- 1 tsp szechwan/sichuan pepper
- ½ tsp cloves
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 star anise
PREPARATION OF CHINESE FIVE SPICE BLEND
- Lightly roast the spices in a pan over low heat till you get the aroma.
- Let the spices cool and then grind in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
- Store in an airtight jar.
PREPARATION OF PAK CHOI NOODLE SOUP
- Wash the pak choi thoroughly and chop it into big chunks.
- Peel and cut the onion into slices.
- Peel and slice or mince the garlic.
- Heat a deep pan over high heat.
- Add oil and let it become hot.
- Add onion and stir fry till it becomes a bit soft.
- Add bell pepper, garlic and ginger. Stir fry for a few seconds.
- Add the green beans and chopped snow peas. Stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add the pak choi and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add the stock, salt, spice blend, vinegar, soy sauce and chilli sauce.
- Allow the mixture to become hot but not boiling.
- Add the noodles and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or till the noodles are done al dente.
- Add the bean sprouts and sesame oil. Mix well. Don't over cook the sprouts.
- Add grilled tofu or protein of your choice.
- Serve the soup immediately with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
- Store the remaining five spice powder in an airtight container. Can use it for other chinese dishes.
- Prepare the soup just before serving to maintain the crispness of the vegetables.
- Use chinese cabbage (napa cabbage) instead of pak choi.
- Add other vegetables of your choice.
- Use good quality noodles and not the instant variety. I like to use egg noodles, flat noodles, udon, soba, etc.
- Adjust spices and sauces according to your taste.
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