Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rice noodle soup

Ready to pick up your chopsticks and taste my rice noodle soup? Tell me, is there anyone around who don’t like Chinese food? Whether is Lo mein or chow mein, those noodle taste great with some stir-fried vegetables.

Ok, coming to the recipe. When DK announced the Chinese theme for her A.W.E.D event. I just want to give a try to some other variety than fried rice and noodle. I picked a book about chinese cuisine from library. Like everyone, I turn all those yummy pages for a while; stopping, drooling and tasting through my eyes and closed those colorful pictures pages. Well, 80 % of recipes were Non-vegetarian. As she doesn't want any smelly items around her :) Well, you are not alone DK, my husb thinks the same! After filtering out, I ended up with 2 noodle soups one with egg, another stir-fry rice and one dessert. I found this recipe didn’t call to any particular ingredients and quiet easy to prepare it too…But the recipe is cooked over the stovetop and made some modifications to make it Vegetarian.

But to please someone who wants their fellow bloggers to cook soup in microwave, I tried to test in microwave…but my microwave never let me down to give up her event. Valli, here, my soup is entering your event…
I am giving both version Microwave and stovetop. For those who are not happy and really want to cook in stovetop. I will give the book recipe; the microwave version could vary according the power level.

Note: only thing, which I didn’t reach in microwave, is browning the garlic. I got bored of checking every few seconds my little amount of garlic, fear of burning! Ended up not browning and dumped to my soup. So please you guys don't be lazy, please make it golden brown!

As far, the soup contains no fat I consider it is healthy! Made with vegetable stock, almost fat free and easy satisfying full meal to all ages… I am sending the soup to Mansi who is hosting healthy cooking contest!

Rice Noodle Soup

Preparation time in microwave:
Noodle soaking time: 25 min
Cooking time: 12 to 13 minutes

Rice sticks noodle (3 mm):
1/4 of the packet (cooked yield to approx 1 1/2 cups of noodle)
Water: 4 cups to cook in microwave
Vegetable stock: 2 cups
Soy sauce (light): 1 tsp
Green & red chilis: 2 each! (really reduce it if u want less heat)
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Peanut oil: few drops
Garlic: one pod: minced and fried until they turn crisp & golden brown (in a small bowl add few drops of peanut oil and add 1 min

Bean sprout:
A handful
Green onion: 1 bsp
Cilantro: 1 tbsp chopped

Cook the noodle first:
In a large microwave safe bowl , heat the water for about 4 minutes.
Add the rice stick noodle and let it soak for 25 minutes, if they re still not done after 25 min well it happened to me (I kept the noodle for another 2 min in microwave) - Came out perfect! Better not to soak as per recipe, just add in hot water and cook another 2 or more min!
Drain the noodle and keep aside.
Make the soup in microwave
In the same microwave bowl, add the stock and heat for 2 minutes.
Take it out and add the soy sauce, green & red chilis, lemon juice,salt and noodle keep for another 3 to 4 minutes, until they turn hot!
Take a serving bowl, add the noodle and soup, garnish with fried garlic, cilantro, green onion and bean sprout.

Preparing in stovetop
Boil the water and pour in rice stick noodle. Let it soak for 25 min.
Once it is soaked drain it. (don't worry if they re not fully done - u re going to cook with broth again)
Pour the Vegetable stock in a large pot, and heat up.
Add the soy sauce, chilis, lemon juice, salt and noodle.
Simmer the stove and cook for 10 min!
Heat a small pan with peanut oil, add the garlic and fry until they turn golden brown! Drain in paper towel!
Now serve the noodle in individual bowl, add the garnish ingredients and garlic! Enjoy your soup.
Enjoy this vegetarian noodle soup, It is a complete satisfying full meal for me!

Rcie Noodle soup

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Rachel said...

Yes I'm ready to slurp that soup now..

there's something for you on my blog....

Madhavi said...

Oh this is mouth-drooling entry Cham, soup looks divine, jus yummy yummy. Love d pic too :)))

Cham said...

Wow Rachel & Madhavi U guys re super fast! Just published my post , i am overwelmed by ur propmt comment.

Swati Raman Garg said...

yeah yeah me too... and superb presentation haan ... one tap on ur back for this pic...

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely soup....

Thanks so much for the hug sweet Cham..Its a lovely thing to receive just before going to bed...!!

Asha said...

Great post! I skip fish sauce etc in Chinese dishes too but it won't be rally Chinese if I didn't use that. Hey, who is taking me to prison for that crime? ;D
Soup looks excellent, great photo!:)

Asha said...

Oh, enjoy all your awards!:)
My fingers are hurting because I keep typing those words repeatedly these days in every blog!:D

Cham said...

Asha I Love the addiction of fish sauce but my sweet heart feels sick (nausea)whenever i open the bottle. So i sadly stopped it :( Yes this awards re really spinning the worst is tag , i ve one in pending :(
Swati & Swaty Garg: Thank you gals, big hug....

Medhaa said...

Congratulations and
Some more awards for you waiting at my blog

Mansi Desai said...

that's a beautiful-l00king soup Cham! I'm posting asparagus oup today:)

thanks for the delicious entry to my event! I love rice noodles, except when they get really sticky!:)D

Suma Rajesh said...

delicious and tasty...somthing for u on my blog...check out

Sujatha said...

Soup looks delicious, dear Cham! And I love your presentation, especially those beautiful chopsticks :) Cooking soup in microwave is something I'm hearing for the first time! Way to go, Cham!

BTW, congrats on your awards and enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sireesha said...

WOW...Mouthwatering soup....Superb presentation.......Congrats on all ur awards......

Divya Vikram said...

Cham the soup looks too too pretty..And u always make it a point to send in something for all events..You rock gal..

Uma said...

delicious soup cham! Check out my blog...something is waiting here!

Cham said...

Medhaa,Suma U re always so sweet to share ur awards with me Dears
Mansi: Glad u like it.When they are cooked in hot they turn lumpy, try to soak like i mentionned, it will turn out so well :)
Sujatha: Thank u, chopstick got from Japanese store... This one is dam easy to do in microwave!
Sireesha Thanks or probably Merci!
Div I cannot blog everyday, that is why i try to fit my post with those events...
Uma Thank you Uma!

Laavanya said...

Beautiful picture Cham - looks sooo Good!!! Wish I had a bowl to slurp up. Bookmarked to try.

kamala said...

Beautiful looking soup Cham..So quick for Valli's event..I am still thinking what to make..Cham u deserve all these awards.

meeso said...

I love rice noodles, the soup looks yummy! Also, congratulations on your awards!

Sunshinemom said...

The picture gives the Chinese essence Cham! Very beautiful! That seems perfectly right for my mood right now...if only I could take it off the screen and onto my table!

bhags said...

Loved those chopsticks.....warm and nice noodle soup...congrats for your awards

Aparna said...

Looks delicious. Have to confess, though I use my MW for a lot of things, I have never tried soup in it.

vandana rajesh said...

Delicious soup...great picture looks absolutely tempting cham.

mirage said...

Thats something special,simple but Great posts.Keep it up!:))


Sireesha said...

There is something for U in my blog, come and get it..

Mandira said...

I love rice noodle soup and make it for lunch :) love the presentation cham!

Sunshinemom said...

Something I would like you to have, Cham! Please come over:)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

What a great looking soup & fantastic picture too. You deserve the shower of awards dear girl. Love the new look for the 4th!! Cheers

Jaya said...

Look so cool and mouth-watering
hugs and smiles

Hetal said...

nice soup...looks delicious.I have a treat for you in my blog,check it out..

easycrafts said...

Nice soup...Congrats on all ur awards

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi cham
the soup looks enticing..especially as it is winter in this part of the earth !

Andhra Flavors said...

great presentation. I love soups:)

Priti said...

Yummy soup, gud recipe..

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

awesome picture Cham, I loved it!! the soup sounds delicious, not to mention healthy..great entries! Way to go, Cham!!

Oh, I almost forgot, there's something for you on my blog!!

ranji said...

WOOOOOOOOOOW..thats what came out of my mouth when i saw the pic :)....too good ,very tempting ....wish u were in boston now...:)..
i have something for u in my blog..collect it soon :)

D said...

Girl! U will make anyone and everyone simply drool uncontrollably with your presentation. The pic and the noodle soup simply Rock! Thanks for sending me this beautiful entry


Srivalli said...

Cham, that soup looks great!!!...excellent that you have come out with some enticing soup!!!..and congrats on the awards!

Sia said...

I am drooling girl and congrats on all the awards :)

Anisheetu said...

Nice blog first time here... so many new recipes for me :)

Pooja said...

noodle soup looks so tempting cham :) . I like your new avatar too :D.
enjoy the awards girl :)

Archy said...

Wow, Rice noodles looks so tempting.. ready to have :)!!
Lovely pic Cham !!

Kalai said...

You definitely deserve each and every one of those awards, dear! Congratulations!!! :)