Thursday, June 19, 2014

Japanese Noodle Soup - gluten free dairy free vegetarian option

 These kids love soup! It's summer, and the house is full so this seemed a perfect time to push along some veggies in a fun vehicle. My kids love Ponyo and we referred to this as our Ponyo supper (minus the ham that she gets so excited over in the movie).
  • 5 green onions, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sheets Nori or Lavar, sliced
  • 4oz spinach, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 pack organic firm tofu, chopped into small cubes
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, cooled and sliced in half
  • 2 packages rice stick noodles (3 wedges of dried noodles per pack)
  • 8 cups veggie broth (I used Edward and Sons gluten free veggie broth cubes)
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (omit for vegetarian option)
  • 2 tsp tamari gluten free soy sauce
  • additional tamari or salt to taste
Eggs: Have your eggs cooked first. Consider cooking more for egg salad the next day. You can bring to boil  for 1 minute, rolling boil, then turn off heat. Leave eggs covered for 15 minutes. Cool in ice bath and peel.

Soup: With all veggies chopped and ready, the rest goes quickly. 
In a large pot, bring water to near boil and turn off heat. Add rice stick noodles and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. You can use any other noodle of choice, and follow package cooking instruction.
While noodles sit, heat veggie stock in separate large pot and add all veggies and tofu as well as tamari and fish sauce. Heat stock and veggies for the 10 minutes, covered, over medium heat.

Dish one serving of noodles into each bowl, then top with veggie and broth.  Add egg and enjoy!
The kids all enjoyed eating this dish, and some tried using chopsticks for the noodles. A fun soup that would be a great addition to a lunch thermos.


  1. Anonymous10:55 PM

    I have just recently been put on an extremely strict diet. I am not allowed tofu (soy) and I was wondering if I could add chicken instead.

  2. Of course you can use any alternate protein you prefer. Chicken would taste very good in this soup. My preference would be to cook the chicken in broth, first, then add the other ingredients (rather than just adding pieces of pre cooked chicken, which may not be as flavorful as chicken cooked in the broth). Enjoy!