This Chinese Noodle Soup is perfect for busy weeknights AND end of week fridge clean outs because it’s so fast and easy and you can toss in any vegetables and proteins you have. The soup broth tastes like what you get from Chinese restaurants even though this is made using a store bought chicken broth as a base. And it’s just 332 calories for a big satisfying bowl!
This truly is dinner on the table in just 20 minutes. Made from scratch. And perfect for the cooler evenings we’re now experiencing here in Sydney!
If you’ve ever been disappointed by a recipe for an Asian soup broth before, it’s probably because it was missing basic but essential flavourings. It takes more than just chicken broth and soy sauce to make a Chinese soup broth. The key ingredient that makes a difference is Chinese cooking wine, which can be substituted with sherry or even mirin or sake in this case. I’ve provided lots of substitutions and additional flavourings in the notes for this recipe because it’s a great one to use as a base and adapt to your own taste!
The other essentials are garlic and ginger. Well actually, I consider ginger to be optional but garlic is not! Simmering the broth for just 5 minutes with crushed garlic (and preferably ginger) does wonders to transform chicken broth.
Oops. I just realised that I totally missed scooping up GARLIC in the ladle below, I just got ginger! 🙂
This Chinese Noodle Soup really is one of my classic “back pocket” recipes because it’s so versatile. Here’s a run down of how it goes – and the bare minimum required to make this really tasty:
- Broth – Simmer chicken broth + soy sauce + Chinese cooking wine (or any sub provided) + garlic & ginger for 5 minutes. Additional flavouring options including: sesame oil, sugar (just a touch), star anise, chilli paste, scallions or onions;
- Noodles – Prepare fresh OR dried noodles according to packet directions;
- Toppings – Rummage in fridge and locate vegetables & proteins of choice. Chop roughly and toss into the broth to cook; and
- Serve – Place noodles in bowls. Pour over soup and toppings.
I usually use fresh thin egg noodles for Chinese Noodle Soup which is the type Chinese restaurants usually use. But the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any noodles you want, dried or fresh. Egg noodles, rice noodles, fat noodles, thin noodles. Even ramen noodles. (I put my foot down at spaghetti….but hey, I won’t judge!).
This is the brand I usually get which is from a Chinese grocery store. But honestly, you can find very similar at all the major supermarkets in Australia and I’ve provided links in the recipe so you can see exactly which ones I am referring to.
But if you do want to get yours from a Chinese grocery store and just happen to not be able to read Chinese, look for the helpful pictures on the packet. 😉
This is one of those rare meals that really ticks all the boxes – it’s satisfying, yet healthy (just 332 calories – and you can beef it up with LOADS more veggies), it’s fast to make from scratch and noodles are always a crowd pleaser, aren’t they?
I’ve been meaning to share this for ages, I’m so glad I finally got around to it because this is such a regular in my midweek meal repertoire. No matter how bare my fridge is, or whatever weird random bits of leftovers I have, I always have something suitable to toss into this soup! – Nagi x
Chinese Noodle Soup
- 3 cups / 750 ml chicken broth (Note 1)
- 2 garlic cloves , smashed (Note 2)
- 1/3" / 1 cm piece of ginger , sliced (optional, but highly recommended)
- 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce (or normal all purpose soy sauce)
- 2 tsp sugar (any)
- 1½ tbsp chinese cooking wine (Note 3)
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp sesame oil
Toppings & Noodles
- 6 oz / 180g fresh egg noodles (Note 5 for options)
- 2 large bok choy plus/or other vegetables of choice
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (or other protein of choice)
- 1 scallion / shallot , green part only finely sliced (optional garnish)
- Place Broth ingredients in a saucepan over high heat. Place lid on, bring to simmer then reduce to medium high and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.
- Meanwhile, cook noodles according to packet directions.
- Cut vegetables to desired size. For bok choy, cut them into quarters (cut a cross into the base and tear it into neat quarters with your hands).
- Pick ginger and garlic out of soup broth. Add buk choi and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken then turn the stove off.
- Place noodles in bowls. Divide soup and toppings between bowls. Garnish with shallots if using. Great served with chilli paste or fresh chillis.
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