Recently, like the rest of the planet, I have become obsessed with making my own noodle bowls. I love them because although they are healthy and light, you can jam pack them full of vegetables to satisfy even the hungriest guests.
I build my bowls with meat or vegetable based broth and of course noodles (I love soba or udon the best). I then choose a selection of vegetables, meat, eggs, garnishes etc to fill up the rest of the bowl.
Note: You can make this meal vegan by using vegetable stock, tamari and stick to vegetables, mushrooms etc.
For the broth all you really need is chicken, beef or vegetable stock. You can of course build upon that basic stock.
I slowly bring 3 cups of stock up to a gentle boil. Then I add some garlic cloves, a small chunk of ginger (or galangal), several dried mushrooms and splashes of mirin seasoning and soy sauce. I find this makes enough broth for 2 bowls.
I add boiling water to a large bowl and add 2 serves of soba noodles. I let them soften over 8 minutes and then give them a good rinse.
Now this is the best bit, building the bowls. 🙂
Add noodles to each person’s serving bowl. Then pour enough broth to cover the noodles and then stack the bowls to the brim with everything else.
Now you just need to sit down with your guests and and provide lots of garnishes and condiments. I love a few dried onions and a healthy squirt of sriracha hot sauce.
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