Noodle soup

by Kiran on March 7, 2011 · 19 comments

in Chinese, Malaysia, Noodles, Street food, Vegetarian

Some of us grew up with wonderful memories of food adventures. Me on the other hand, can’t seem to get over the aroma of sumptuous street foods. A foodie’s galore, something I truly miss experiencing here in the States. Often struggling to recreate recipes to satisfy the inner foodie in me, I’ve discovered it’s not as difficult as what we’ve portrayed it to be. Trust me, if a street vendor can do it – you can too 🙂

This recipe is almost vegetarian! Substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth and voila!

Use any vegetables you have on hand – bell peppers, romaine, spinach, watercress etc.

I’ve used seafood and chicken in this recipe and it tastes so good. Of course, I now appreciate street foods more than ever. We tend to take things for granted when it is readily accessible.

What street foods do you often miss? Have you ever tried recreating the same magic in your kitchen?


  • 1.5 cup of flat rice noodles – or any noodles of your choice
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 stalk leeks, chopped and thoroughly cleaned
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 cup broccoli florets
  • 1.5 cup bok choy, sliced
  • 1.5 cup savoy or napa cabbage
  • 2.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Boil noodles as per packaging instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a wok on medium-high, heat cooking oil.
  3. Add leeks and fry till translucent and soft.
  4. Throw in ginger and garlic to cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add in mushrooms and carrots. Fry till fragrant, about 4 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle in soy sauce with broccoli, bok choy & cabbage. Cook for a minute.
  7. Add chicken broth, cook and cover on low for 5 minutes.
  8. If needed, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.

Serve up this noodle soup with a side of pickled chilies or red chilies in hot oil as condiment. Oh So Yum!

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1 carolinaheartstrings March 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM

This recipe looks wonderful. Great job!

2 Kiran March 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Thanks a lot 🙂

3 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 9, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Fantastic recipe! I love the colors and bold flavor profile.
I sampled way to much wonderful street food in Indonesia and Thailand when I backpacked there in my early 20’s. I still get cravings for it ten years later!

4 Kiran March 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Thanks for dropping in my humble food blog. You are my guru in everything foodie related 🙂 I am yet to backpack, but had the luxury almost all my life eating delicious street foods. I miss it now more than ever.

5 Aggie March 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM

What a beautiful soup! I love a good soup like this. I try to make “detox” soups on Sundays to enjoy for a few weeks (soups full of good clean ingredients like this!)…I have got to try this!

6 Kiran March 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Thanks for dropping in Recipebox. I am so glad you love simple, clean and fresh soups like this. Let me know how it tastes 🙂

7 Miri Leigh March 12, 2011 at 9:28 PM

This recipe looks great- thanks for sharing!
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8 Kiran March 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Thanks and you are welcome honey 🙂

9 Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) March 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I love how you can use ‘any vegetables’ in this recipe. Looks great!
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10 Kiran March 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for your comment. This recipe is so versatile and flavorful. If you love soups and vegetables, you would love this recipe 🙂

11 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food March 16, 2011 at 8:30 AM

This is simple, healthy, delicious, and a great way to use up veggies already in the fridge or vegetable garden. Ideal for a quick week day dinner!
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12 Kiran March 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Love anything and everything fast, easy and delicious 🙂

13 JulieD March 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Kiran, this looks very good!
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14 Kiran March 23, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Thanks Julie, and welcome to Recipebox 🙂

15 ciki March 22, 2011 at 9:46 PM

LOVE noodles soup! my my.. you’re such a good cook.. hope to sample your cooking some time;)
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16 Kiran March 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Thank you so much! Would cook for you whenever I am back in KL. OK? 😀

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