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Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

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Silky Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup using Leftover Lettuce

Leftover lettuce can be used in recipes such as this delicious noodle soup. It’s crunchy and delicious when grilled and added to ramens and phos offering a gorgeous texture against the noodles and soup. If you’ve made my gyoza noodle soup this is really similar, however to make it extra smooth I’ve put the soup through a sieve to separate the stock.

What’s in the vegan noodle soup?

Stock- I’ve made the stock by using onion, garlic and ginger, boiled water and a stock cube. To make it extra smooth, run this through a sieve before adding the noodles to get rid of the chunks of onion and garlic

Leftover Lettuce- Using lettuce in recipes other than salad shows how versatile it can be! If you marinade it in the sauce and add it to a grill or at  piping hot pan it’ll charr it and give a gorgeous crunch.

Noodles- I use soft wheat noodles bought from Sainsburys, Waitrose or Tesco. They usually have their own brand options but Amoy and Yutaka is also a good brand to go for. Udon or medium size noodles will work, or if you’re gluten free swap for ribbon sized rice noodles!

Sauce- I’ve used a mixture of sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. It makes a delicious marinade and if you fancy doubling this up, feel free. It works to coat the lettuce and to add to the stock.


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Silky Smooth Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

Silky smooth chilli noodle soup with grilled leftover lettuce. Perfect recipe to use leftover limp lettuce lying around your fridge. Perfect for using up old veggies. Vegan friendly recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock:

  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 large shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 stock cubes + 700ml water
  • 1/2 Lime

Serve with:

  • lettuce grilled
  • Carrot thinly sliced
  • 200 g wheat noodles can use udon or rice noodles

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chilli sauce such as sriracha
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Make the sauce by simply mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Finely chop the garlic, shallot, ginger and fry in a little sesame oil for 5 minutes
  • Quarter the lettuce, drizzle over some of the sauce and grill for 5 minutes (or you can sear in a non stick pan on a high heat)
  • Thinly slice the carrots then add to the pan along with the stock cube, water, and the rest of the sauce and bring so a simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • To get a silky smooth stock, run through a sieve before serving, otherwise pour into a bowl, serve with the crunchy grilled lettuce, a squeeze of lime and sesame seeds.

Notes

Silky Smooth Option- To get the silkiest soup, make the stock by frying off the onion, garlic and ginger, add the stock cube and water then run through a fine sieve to remove the chunks of onion & garlic. Then follow the other instructions by adding the noodles & carrots & toppings.

If you like this recipe try my Leftover Lettuce Recipe I created with Panasonic and Love Food Hate Waste (one of my favourites)

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Dinner Recipe

Lemongrass & Coconut Gyoza Noodle Soup

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Lemongrass & Coconut Noodle Soup Topped with Gyozas

This is a recipe I’ve shared before, with just a few changes – this time adding vegan gyozas to bring together the most delicious noodle soup. It’s flavoured with lemongrass, ginger and garlic and chilli to make a delicious soup base then topped with fluffy wheat noodles and stuffed gyozas. You can skip our the very first step and just add the gyozas to the soup 5 minutes at the end, however they won’t have a crispy base.

What’s in the recipe?

Gyozas – I use pre-made gyozas in this recipe to save on cooking time. The brands I love are Yutaka and Itsu, hopefully both available in your local supermarkets.

Lemongrass- A key ingredient in this recipe to inject lots of flavour. Half the fresh stalk and don’t forget to take it out at the end before serving. You can use dried lemongrass too, I’d double up the portion to two stalks.

Noodles- I use Amoy Medium noodles for this dish as they’re a little thinner than udon but still fluffy.

Coconut Milk- I used a full fat tinned coconut milk but feel free to use a lighter one if preferred.

Chilli, Ginger and Garlic- These ingredients are key to make this dish have a delicious flavour. If you don’t like heat, taste test the chilli before adding that way you can be sure it won’t be too hot to handle.

 


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Lemongrass & Coconut Gyoza Noodle Soup

Lemongrass, ginger and coconut noodle soup topped with delicious veggie gyozas. The ultimate comfort food dish
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

For the stock

  • 1 banana shallot quartered
  • 1 stalk lemongrass halved
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • thumb size piece of fresh ginger 1/2 grated and 1/2 finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli finely diced
  • 1 400 ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar optional
  • 300 ml veg stock made using stock cube and water
  • 1/2 lime squeezed

Garnish With

  • 300 g wheat noodles or two dried nests of rice noodles
  • 5-6 Tenderstem
  • 6 gyozas I use Yutaka or Itsu vegan gyozas
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 lime squeezed to garnish each dish at the end
  • handful fresh thai basil sub for normal basil

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the gyozas by frying for 3 minutes in a non-stick pan then add a splash of water, cover with a lid and allow to steam for a further 3-4 minutes to set aside
  • Quarter the shallot then add to a deep pan with coconut oil and the diced ginger and chilli, and halved lemongrass stalk and fry for 4 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic, frying for a further 2 minutes before adding the tamari, veg stock, squeeze of lime and spices
  • Stir in the coconut milk and grated ginger and allow to simmer for a few minutes before adding in the noodles and tenderstem cooking for around 5 minutes until softened, remove the stalks of lemongrass
  • Add the cooked gyozas to heat for the final minute then serve along with a slice of lime, sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onions and chopped Thai basil.

Notes

Don't forget to remove the lemongrass stalk as this won't be a tasty mouthful!
You can use Udon noodles for this dish also.

If you like this recipe why not try my Curried Cauliflower Noodle Soup

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Dinner Recipe

Curried Cauliflower Noodle Soup

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Cauliflower Curried Noodle Soup

This has to be one of my go to dinners if and when I’m cooking for friends (but not in 2020 clearly). It’s thick, comforting and packed with flavour taking the humble cauliflower and transforming it into a key ingredient for this curried soup.

For a thinner texture, or for more stock feel free to add a little more water to this dish.

Noodle Soup Breakdown

Which noodes? I used Amoy medium noodles as they’re delicious and thick, perfect for this recipe. You can swap for thicker udon noodles.

What coconut milk? I use full fat however you can use the ‘lighter’ tinned milk but the consistency might be a little thicker.

How much stock? I like to add around 700ml of stock (made with boiling water and a stock cube) however If you like a thinner soup add around 1l, or if you are looking for a thicker texture, keep to around 500ml of stock (you want enough for the noodles to soak up).

What Broccoli?I’ve used tenderstem as the stalks work perfectly for crunch in this dish. You can use normal florets but I definitely recommend tenderstem instead. A good swap would be fine green beans for texture.

What if I like spice?Go on! Get generous with the chilli flakes when serving up, or go one step further and drizzle on that sriracha for extra FLAMES!

Is the ginger essential?  Yes! The ginger, garlic, chilli and onion are what give this dish the flavour! The spices give depth too but the first ingredients are essential to making a delicious stock.


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Cauliflower Curried Noodle Soup

This has to be one of my favourite dishes yet. Creamy, thick, comforting and full of flavour. I've taken the humble cauliflower and given it a transformation into an absolute key ingredient in this curried noodle soup. Pass the fork and spoon and let's dive in!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large white onion finely diced
  • 1 red chilli
  • Thumb sized piece ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 400 ml tinned coconut milk full fat works best
  • 700 ml veg stock made with boiling water and stock cube
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tamari optional

For the filling:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 300 g noodles I used amoy medium noodle, swap for udon
  • 100 g Tenderstem around 6-7 stems

Spices:

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes to garnish
  • 1/2 lime juice squeezed

Instructions
 

  • Method:
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a deep frying pan and add the finely chopped onion, ginger and chilli and fry for 4 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and fry for a further minute
  • Toss in the chopped cauliflower florets, squeeze in the lime juice then add the spices and stir through for 3-4 minutes (add the tamari if using)
  • Pour in the stock and coconut milk and leave to simmer for around 10 minutes
  • Add the medium noodles (or udon depending on what you're using) and tenderstem, leave for heat for a further 4 minutes before serving up
  • Season generously, give a taste test adding any more spices if necessary (you might need a little more paprika for colour)
  • Sprinkle with chilli flakes and enjoy!

Notes

Which noodes? I used Amoy medium noodles as they're delicious and thick, perfect for this recipe. You can swap for thicker udon noodles.
What coconut milk? I use full fat however you can use the 'lighter' tinned milk but the consistency might be a little thicker
How much stock? Again I like to add around 700ml however you can add a little more to the dish if the noodles soak it all up, just remember to leave a few more minutes for the stock to absorb the flavours of the soup before serving
What Broccoli? I've used tenderstem as the stalks work perfectly for crunch in this dish. You can use normal florets but I definitely recommend tenderstem instead. A good swap would be fine green beans for texture.
What if I like spice? Go on! Get generous with the chilli flakes for serving, or go one step further and drizzle on that sriracha for FLAMES!

If you like this recipe why not try my Masoor Chickpea Dal

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Dinner

Easy Tofu Ramen

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Easiest and Quickest Ramen Recipe

This is a classic comfort food dish, packed with flavour from the chilli, garlic and ginger and topped with tofu and veg for crunch. It can be made in bulk and frozen for those days where you need something instant and delicious.

Recipe Breakdown:

Ginger, Garlic & Chilli- They key ingredients for a delicious base, adding a little spice, heat and depth. You can grate the ginger or finely chop. For this recipe I finely grated the ginger and minced the garlic.

Tofu- Firm tofu works best if you want to fry before adding to the broth, however if you’re making it all in one pot, a silken tofu will also work. Top tip, save some of the crispy fried tofu to add back into the bowl just as serving as this keeps it nice and crispy.

Broth- This is just a simple stock cube and boiling water, then once mixed with the ginger, garlic and chilli, it’ll add loads of delicious flavour. If you want to make this a little bit more traditional, add finely chopped up nori sheets or a tbsp of brown miso paste.

Ramen (Noodles) – Traditionally they are the skinny wheat noodles to be classed as ramen however we’re not fussy so please use which ever noodles you can get your hands on. It’ll still be delicious whether they’re ramen, udon or even rice!

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Easy Tofu Ramen Soup

Easy vegan tofu ramen soup, full of flavour and cheap to make. It's quick taking less than 30 minutes from the kitchen to the table.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the broth

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger grate 1/2 for the tofu, finely chop 1/2 for the broth
  • 1 block firm tofu diced into cubes
  • 800 ml vegetable stock simply boiled water with stock cube

For the tofu marinade

  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour (optional, only if wanting to fry)
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 ginger *the grated 1/2*

To Top

  • 2 spring onions
  • 120 g ramen noodles
  • 5 tenderstem
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • handful pea shoots replace for bean sprouts

Instructions
 

For the broth

  • Start by adding the sesame oil to a pan, place on a high heat then fry the ginger and chilli for 4 minutes before adding in the garlic cloves
  • After a minute of frying off the garlic add the vegetable stock and stir, leave to simmer

For the tofu

  • Simply mix all of the marinade ingredients together and allow to marinade for around 30 minutes (overnight is best)
  • If you want to have crispy tofu, fry in a separate pan to add to the broth upon serving
  • Add the noodles and the tenderstem to the broth for the final 5 minutes of cooking then serve up with the fried tofu, then garnish with chopped spring onions, chilli, sesame seeds and bean sprouts / pea shoots

Video

If you like this recipe, why not try my Charred Corn Pho.

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Dinner Recipe

Chilli Corn Pho (Tips for Crispy Tofu)

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Crispy Tofu Every Time in this Chilli Corn Pho

I use this base of sesame, chilli, garlic and ginger for so many dishes. This variation is a simple tofu noodle dish using charred corn and tenderstem. I’m sharing tips on how to get crispy tofu every time (which is just down below in the recipe tips section).

 


Breakdown of the Recipe:

What is pho?- Pho is a Vietnamese dish that consists of a broth with rice noodles (usually including vegetables and meat, but this time we’re making it vegan). Now the ingredients I’m including are typically found in British supermarkets, whereas if you were keeping this more traditional you could include ingredients such as Thai Basil, sriracha, bean sprouts and a vegan fish sauce. However today I’m sharing a much simpler cheat style version which will still create a delicious meal but slightly less authentic. If you do want an authentic Pho I’d recommend searching for those recipes online – they are delicious.

Tofu- I used to hate cooking with tofu from getting a bad outcome every time. But I’ve shared some tips on how to get a delicious crispy flavour packed tofu every time (just below).

Garlic & Ginger- The epic combo of garlic and ginger, this time I’ve grated them however you can finely chop them if that’s easier. They add a really delicious flavour to the dish and are essential.

Rice Noodles- You can use whichever noodles you have available however rice noodles are usually used within pho recipes. Depending on which region of Vietnam, the thickness of the noodles may change. I’ve opted for flat rice noodles in this recipe.

Tamari & Sesame Oil- I use these ingredients whenever making a marinade or a stock as they work really well together. The tamari gives a lovely umami flavour with the nutty undertones coming from the sesame oil.


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Chilli Corn and Tofu Noodles

Crispy chilli corn and tofu noodle bowl. Really simple to make and a delicious stock recipe that you can use in multiple recipes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Marinating time 30 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock:

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • ⁣3 cloves garlic
  • ⁣Thumb sized piece of ginger
  • ⁣2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • ⁣1 tsp chilli flakes
  • ⁣1 stock cube
  • ⁣700ml boiled water
  • ⁣1 tsp sugar optional

The main ingredients

  • 300 g drained tofu
  • 100 g corn
  • 120 g rice noodles any noodles will work for this dish
  • 3 spring onions
  • 6-8 tendetstem

Instructions
 

  • Simply grate the ginger, mince the garlic and add to a large bowl with the soy sauce, chilli flakes, sugar and sesame oil
  • Whisk together then add the sliced tofu (either cubes or cut into triangles) and leave to marinade for minimum 30 minutes
  • ⁣Place the boiling water into a pot with the stock cube and give a good stir
  • ⁣Place the marinated tofu into a non-stick pan and fry on a high heat for around 5 minutes on each side, adding the corn to the pan when you're cooking the final side of the tofu
  • ⁣Place the rice noodles and tenderstem into the pot with the stock and bring to a low simmer for just a few minutes until cooked
  • ⁣Combine the stock to the marinade and enjoy!
  • *tip, leave a few pieces of tofu aside to add on top so they stay nice and crispy
  • Bring the stock together with the corn, tenderstem and tofu, garnish with chopped spring onions, and sprinkle a few chilli flakes on top

Notes

Cooking tips for crispy tofu.
  1. drain the tofu by wrapping in a clean tea towel or kitchen roll and press to absorb any excess moisture
  2. Leave to soak up excess liquid for a few minutes
  3. Slice into smaller pieces, either cubed or thin triangle pieces
  4. Marinating the tofu for a minimum of 30 minutes will help give a delicious coating to fry
  5. Fry on a high heat on a good quality non-stick pan

If you like this recipe, why not try my Gyoza Chilli Noodle Soup.

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Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Gyoza Chilli Noodle Soup

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This Gyoza Chilli Noodle Soup has to be one of my favourite recipes so far – mostly because it takes only 15 minutes to create with minimal fuss. Using Yukata vegan friendly gyozas, this is perfect if you’re cooking for friends too.


Breakdown of Ingredients

Sesame Oil- You can use toasted or regular sesame oil for this dish. It really helps create a beautiful nutty undertone in this recipe

Vegetable Stock – This can be made from boiling water and a good quality stock cube, keeping costs down to a minimal

Tamari – You may have noticed that most of my recipes include tamari, mostly because it’s one of my favourite ingredients. Tamari is a gluten free version of soy sauce so this dish can be easily made GF. Swap out the noodles for rice noodles instead to make this gluten free.

Gyozas – These are from the brand yukata. The quality is great and so far have become a staple in the freezer.


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Kitchen Equipment:

Non Stick Pan- A good quality non stick pan such as Circulon really helps when frying the vetetables. You will need a pan that has a lid for this dish to help steam the gyozas.

Chopsticks – Have friends coming over for dinner? Chopsticks will add a little more authenticity to this noodle dish, just don’t forget a spoon / ladle to drink that delicious soup with it.

Small Sharp Knife- Having a small sharp knife to finely chop the ginger, chilli and garlic is always a handy tool to have in your kitchen.


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Gyoza Chilli Noodle Soup

Crispy gyozas in a 15 minute homemade chilli noodle soup. Vegan and really easy to create.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 spring onions finely chopped (leave a few to top at the end)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 800 ml vegetable stock made with boiling water and stock cube
  • 3 cloves garlic minced / finely chopped
  • 1 thumb sized piece fresh ginger grated / minced
  • 1 large red chilli substitute for 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 100 g noodles rice, ribbon or even udon will work
  • 5 tenderstem
  • 6 gyozas I used yukata vegan gyozas
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds to top, optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, grated ginger, tamari, sesame oil, brown sugar (and chilli flakes if you're using instead of fresh) and mix whisk together
  • Heat a deep pan then add the finely chopped spring onions along with the dressing and fry for around 3 minutes before adding the vegetable stock
  • In a separate pan, add a drizzle of sesame oil and fry the gyozas on a high heat for around 3-4 minutes until crispy, then pop a lid over the top and steam for around 3-4 minutes
  • For the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the rice noodles and tenderstem to the pan with the stock, pop a lid over and leave for gently steam for around 4-5 minutes
  • Serve by adding the soup and noodles to a bowl, top with the gyozas and tenderstem and garnish with any additional spring onions, chilli flakes and a splash of tamari (optional)

Notes

If you're frying the gyozas, simply heat another pan with a drizzle of sesame oil, fry on a high heat until the base has browned, then place a lid over the top to steam for a further 2-3 minutes until done. Then add to the soup just before serving.
Keyword 15 minute meal, chinese soup, gyoza soup, gyoza,, noodle soup, szechuan sauce

If you like this recipe, why not try my delicious home made vegan chilli peanut ramen linked just here.