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Sunday, August 9, 2015

[Japanese Recipes] Coconut Lemongrass Somen Noodle Soup

So after my brief vacation into “Foodie Hell”, I’m celebrating my return to life. I haven’t quite made it back to normal, as some things still taste a bit off, but compared to where I was, life is pretty good! As my tastebuds started to “reappear” I got a craving for one of my favorite soups, tom kha gai, a spicy Thai coconut chicken soup. So I decided to come up with a soup that would have similar flavors, but would be easy for me to eat. I made a coconut lemongrass somen noodle soup.

Coconut Lemongrass Somen Noodle Soup | Japanese Recipes


I started with a base of chicken broth and coconut milk (Chaokoh is my preferred brand) and added chopped lemongrass, fresh ginger, fish sauce, thinly sliced red bell pepper, and oyster mushrooms, and somen noodles (very thin Japanese wheat noodles). If you can’t find somen noodles, you can substitute angel hair pasta or vermicelli.


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When the soup was finished, I added a bunch of thinly sliced fresh basil.

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The finished soup was creamy and flavorful. The lemongrass added a citrusy brightness without being too harsh. The red bell pepper added color and a bit of texture. The oyster mushrooms were perfect, with their slightly sweet taste that adds a subtle flavoring and pairs so well with creamy sauces and broths. The somen noodles were nice and light. One of the best things about this soup is it only takes 15 minutes to make. The perfect addition to a busy fall day!

Coconut Lemongrass Somen Noodle Soup

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

4 ounces somen noodles*
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
2 cups fresh oyster mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/4 cup finely minced lemongrass
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

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Direction

1. Cook the somen noodles: Cook the noodles according to the package directions, then immediately drain them in a fine mesh sieve and rinse gently in cold water. Set aside.

2. Make the soup: Combine the chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, oyster mushrooms, lemongrass, red bell pepper, and ginger in a large saucepan. Bring the soup to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavors together.

3. Add the cooked somen noodles and briefly heat through. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil. Serve.

* If you can’t find somen noodles, you can substitute angel hair pasta or vermicelli.

This recipe and image sources are referred in website: Lafujimama.com. Thanks so much!

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