As the month starts to cool down, we’re looking at comfort foods. Truth is I can slurp up a delicious asian noodle soup bowl anytime of the year. From Vietnamese Pho (say fa) to Japanese Ramen, Udon or Soba noodles it’s all good, hearty and easy to have in a rush. In asian cultures noodles are also considered a symbol of longevity. We eat them during celebrations and festivals throughout the year. And kids ask for noodle soups often and if you have the ingredients handy, it’s just as quick to make as macaroni and cheese!
So, where do you shop for asian food products? I often tell my friends and family that I don’t go much further than the closest T&T Supermarket, Real Canadian Superstore or even Loblaws! Yep! Surprised? Gone are the days where I had to make a trek to the asian market separate from my usual grocers!
Here is a perfectly delicious asian noodle soup recipe you can make at home…
Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms Soba Noodles in Cream Corn Soup
- 180 g Buckwheat soba noodles
- 1/2 box Fresh Tofu
- 1 can Cream corn
- 40 g Dried Shiitake mushrooms
- 35 g Enoki mushroom
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 egg
Preparation: Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
1. Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl, with warm water to cover.
2. Soak the Chinese dried mushrooms in the warm water for about 30-45 minutes, until softened. (The exact soaking time will depend on the thickness of the caps).
1. Prepare Buckwheat soba noodles according to package directions.
2. Cut Fresh Tofu into about 1 cm thick slices
3. In a saute pan, heat Vegetable Oil on medium heat.
4. Pan-fry sliced Fresh Tofu for about 2 minutes until both sides are golden brown, remove and set aside.
5. In the same pan, add 500 ml of water.
6. Add Cream Corn, cook until boiling.
7. Then, add mushrooms and cook until the soup is boiling again.
8. Beat the egg for about a minute until scrambled.
9. Slowly add into the boiling soup and turn off heat.
10. Stir lightly to create egg drop.
11. Add cooked buckwheat soba noodles in a serving bowl, and set aside.
12. Place mushrooms and cooked sliced tofu on top of noodles.
14. Pour over cream corn soup and serve hot.
Option: add a few slices of roasted chicken on the side or hit up a chinese bbq shop and grab some char siu (bbq pork). It’s also good with grilled salmon!