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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Perfumed Soba Noodle Soup
Perfumed Soba Noodle Soup
A delicious, fragrant pork soup based on Asian traditions and flavours.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Pork cook time: 40 minutes
Broth cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
4 boneless pork chops, 3/4 –inch thick
½ cup Char Siu Sauce (Chinese BBQ sauce)
8 cups chicken
1 fresh ginger
finger, peeled and sliced into 6 quarter sized coins
3 star anise
cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon of soy
1/2 pound soba
1 pound baby spinach
2 cup fresh bean sprouts
4-5 scallions, sliced, white and green parts
4-5 white mushrooms, caps only, diced into ¼-dice
2-3 Thai red
chilies, seeded and thinly sliced, to taste
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1-2 fresh limes, cut into quarters
Sambal Oelek or Sriracha sauce
Preheat oven to 350°
cook the pork:
1. In a small glass baking dish brush the pork
with Char Siu and roast it in middle of the
oven preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center
of the chops registers 160° F.
2. Remove pork from the oven to a cutting board and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes. After
the pork has rested, slice the chops crosswise
into thin slices and the slices in half diagonally, keep the chops together for
a better presentation.
prepare the broth:
Place the chicken broth,
ginger coins, star anise, soy sauce and garlic cloves in a large saucepan bring
broth to a boil over high heat. Once the broth comes to a rolling boil, remove
the pan from the heat and allow the broth to seep, covered, for at least 30
minutes. Pour broth through a sieve into another large saucepan, discard the
prepare the noodles:
1. While broth is steeping take the opportunity
to prepare the soba noodles. in a large
pot bring 3 1/2 quarts salted water to a
boil and add noodles. When water returns
to boil add 1 cup cold water and bring to boil again. Repeat procedure one time
and, when the water comes to a boil the second time, reduce heat to simmer and
simmer the noodles for 5 minutes, or until they are just tender.
2. Drain noodles into a colander and rinse under cold water.
1. Place the bean
sprouts, the cilantro, sliced chilies, sliced scallions, diced mushrooms and
quartered limes into separate bowls for the guests to add to their broth along
with Sambal Oelek or Sriracha sauce and soy sauce as condiments .
2. Bring the broth back to the boil and add the baby spinach and
reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer the
broth for 2 to 5 minutes until spinach collapses.
3. Divide the noodles among 4 large soup bowls,
and divide the broth amongst the soup bowls.
Invite the guests to garnish their individual soup bowls with the
accompaniments of their choice, including a squeeze of lime and place their
sliced pork chop on top of the garnished soup and enjoy.