April 03, 2012

rainy day soup


This soup is perfect for a cold, rainy day.  It instantly perked me up and made my belly very happy.  I think the heat (as in spice) had something to do with both.  I don't know what to call it exactly but it kind of reminds me of Pho soup.  I love Pho.





I saw this recipe on Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals and search as I may for the recipe online, I couldn't find it, so I had to kind of recreate it from memory and sort of strayed from the original.

Here's the recipe!

Pho-style Soup
adapted from Jamie Oliver

Ingredients
2 crushed garlic gloves
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger, thinly sliced
1 large red or green chilli
1 tbsp Chinese five spice (I substituted with a combination of turmeric, cinnamon, fresh ground black pepper and coriander seed)
1 package of snap peas, washed
1/2 package of bean sprouts, washed and drained
900 mL chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup rice noodles
1/2 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime, to taste

Directions
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pot on medium heat.  Add the garlic gloves, ginger and chilli.  Sautee for 2 minutes, then add the spices.  Sautee for another minute.  Add vegetable stock and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and add snap peas.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add the rice noodles.  Cook for another 3-4 minutes and remove from heat.  Add the bean sprouts right away, and serve.  Sprinkle with fresh coriander and lime juice as desired.

Enjoy!