The perfect steamy soup for rainy afternoons or cold wintry evenings…or just to clear your sinuses.
- Onions 2 cups diced
- Mushrooms 2-3 cups diced
- Garlic 4 cloves
- Ginger 1 teaspoon finely grated
- Vegetable Oil 2 tablespoons
- Bell Pepper ½ diced (assorted of you like)
- Celery stick ½ diced
- Carrot 1 diced
- Cauliflower ½ cup diced
- Broccoli ½ cup diced (Not optional. You need your veggies.)
- Cabbage 1/5 wedge diced
- Water 6 cups
- La Choy Soy Sauce 3 tablespoons
- Ketchup 1 teaspoon
- Red Chili Paste according to taste
- Cilantro chopped ¼ cup
- Green chili pepper according to taste (1/2 chili used in this recipe)
- Salt 3 teaspoons (depends on the sodium content of the soy sauce you use)
- Chow Mein Noodles 1 pack (I’m using the Wel Pac Noodle. Please do not use linguine or spaghetti and then blame me later)
- Crudely break the noodles into bite size (do not crush). Cook the noodles according to directions. Rinse through cold water to prevent sticking and let sit to drain in a colander.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a non stick saucepan on medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and stir on medium high until the moisture evaporates.
- Add the bell pepper and celery and stir a few times.
- Add 6 cups of water, the soy sauce, and ketchup bring to a boil. Taste to check for salt. Add salt if needed. Let this cook on medium heat for 7-8 minutes.
- In the mean time, place the cilantro, one big clove of garlic, and green chili pepper in a chopper and chop.
- Add the diced carrot to the pot of boiling soup and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chopped vegetables-cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and the chopped cilantro, garlic and green pepper mixture. Turn off heat. Cover and let stand for a minute or two.
- To serve: scoop about 4 0z of the noodles into a bowl. (I know doesn’t sound like its enough, but trust me. Don’t get greedy.)
- Ladle the vegetable soup over the noodles. Add a squirt of the garlic chili paste.
- Mix and slurp away.
- Don’t forget to thank me in the comment section.
If you plan on having the soup later, add the vegetables in step 6 just before serving.
Also do not add the noodles to the soup if you plan on having it later as it will soak up all the juices and taste nasty.