Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy Chinese new year - ginger noodle soup

I wish I could say that I have a large Chinese food repertoire. In fact, the opposite it true. I doubt I know how to cook even one authentic Chinese dish. But I like Chinese flavours, and I enjoyed when Jeff, Mum and Dad's Chinese boarder, cooked for us over Christmas.

But I can offer this noodle soup for this weekend's festivities. It's one of my favourite soups--I've been making it for ten years since I ripped it out of one of Mum's magazines. It's not authentic Chinese, but it is tasty, easy, and warming for a winter celebration.

Ginger Noodle Soup
serves 4

500 g ground pork or ground beef
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/3 c (75 mL) hoisin sauce
2 T chopped ginger root
2 T soy sauce
4 c (1 L) stock or water
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
150 g noodles
1/2 c (125 mL) bean sprouts

In a large pot, brown meat for 5 to 7 minutes and then add onion, garlic, hoisin sauce, ginger, and soy sauce. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add the stock or water and bring to a boil. Add the carrot and mushrooms. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the noodles and cook for 4 more minutes (or longer if directed on the packet). Garnish with bean sprouts.


Kevin, Sonya, Claire & Max said...

How did you link this to your buzz!?

Kevin, Sonya, Claire & Max said...

have you seen the movie Julie and Julia??

Charlene said...

If you want to start cooking some more Chinese food, I heartily recommend Chinese Cooking Made Easy - the book from the BBC series. The Chicken Chow Mein in there in particular is a pretty simple recipe and absolutely delicious!

Your noodle soup looks delicious too - I can't get enough of noodles!

Hilary said...

I second the Chinese Cooking Made Easy cookbook - really good.

Asian noodle soups are probably my very favourite thing to eat. I will definitely be making this! Thanks for sharing it.

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