It’s FINALLY feeling like autumn here…rainy, windy and much cooler than it was last week! I love the rain and have always believed that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad choice of clothes. Wouldn’t you agree?
Seeing as the temperature has dropped more than 10 degrees C, I thought it was the perfect time for some noodle soup. Light, yet comforting.
• Fishballs (you can get this at any Asian supermarket)
• Dried Shiitake mushrooms
• Celery (chopped)
• 3 to 4 cloves of garlic (whole)
• Ginger (roughly sliced)
• 1 stalk of lemon grass (whole)
• Fish sauce
• Carrots (run your peeler down the carrot to make ribbons)
• Spring onions (chopped)
• Cracked black pepper
• Korean flat rice noodles
1. Depending on how much soup you want to make, place water in a pot and to that, add your garlic, ginger, lemon grass, celery, fish sauce & seasoning. Leave to simmer for 20 to 25 mins until you get a lovely aroma of the ingredients.
2. Soak the dried Shiitake mushrooms in water and leave to soften.
3. Once the garlic in the soup starts coming apart, add the fishballs, some of the spring onions & the Shiitake mushrooms and leave to simmer further. The fishballs will start to float once they are cooked, once this happens, take the pot off the heat.
4. Meanwhile, throw your Korean flat rice noodles in a pot of boiling water. Once cooked, rinse with cold water so they don’t stick together in a lump.
You are now ready to plate your dish. Place the noodles in a bowl, ladle a generous amount of the hot soup into it. Garnish with the raw carrot ribbons & spring onions.
If like me you like a bit of heat and a kick to the dish, I made a simple chilli sauce to go with it. All you need is 3 little fiery birds eye chilli, smash that in a pestle & mortar, add a little sugar, salt & a good dollop of vinegar. (But beware, this chilli sauce is NOT for those who cannot take spicy food🔥) Alternatively, use a normal chilli that’s not as spicy.
I didn’t use any oil or salt for this dish so feel free to adjust according to your own taste.
Happy cooking & enjoy the cooler weather!💙