Friday, January 14, 2011

Spicy Noodle Bowl

Earlier this week when I woke up with a burning sore throat all I could think of was "can't swallow" and "want my mom".  Pathetic?  Yes - but also true.  When I was a kid and started to get those dreaded achy bones my mom always kept me home from school, bundled me up in a sleeping bag blanket (blankets folded in half so you feel like it's a sleeping bag - oh childhood) on the couch, and brought all kinds of warm things to drink while I snoozed the day away.  Now that I'm an adult pretty much the only thing that's remained consistent in the under-the-weather scenario is me snoozing the day away - deliriously hoping a cup of tea appears by my bedside

Thankfully the Chef came to the rescue this time and showed up in my doorway with a cup of tea.  Before I knew it there was rattling in the kitchen and, shortly thereafter, a wonderful smell wafted down the hallway and into my room.  Somewhere in my delusion I had croaked the words "noodle soup" when he asked if there was anything I wanted.  Something tells me I likely whined out "my mom", too.  Normally I would have expected chicken noodle, but in this case a spicy Asian-style soup appeared.  It did the trick, too - probably the combo of the spices and the new noodle bowls my mom got me for Christmas. 

Cool, huh?  I'm totally turning into a kitchen nerd.

And so I share the recipe with you - it's a total fave because it's gluten-free, super healthy, low-cal and easy to make.  You don't have to add the peppers if you prefer a milder version. 

Spicy Noodle Bowl
*Broth Ingredients

1/2 onion sliced
1   carrot sliced
1   stalk celery sliced
1   stalk lemongrass sliced
2oz. ginger sliced
6   clove garlic crushed
1   bunch cilantro stems only
3T Soy or Tamari (I use Tamari because it is gluten-free)
2t  Siracha (or more if you want spicy)
Water - to cover

 ~sliced broth ingredients~

Place all items in pot and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 min.  Strain and hold warm.

 
~simmering for broth~

*Garnish Ingredients
1/2C bay shrimp defrosted
1/4C ea sliced fine: carrot, celery, scallion, radish
1ea  Serrano or 3 Thai bird chili sliced
1/4  bunch cilantro leaves
1/4C broccoli florets
1/2 C rice noodles (pre-cook to package directions)

 ~Let the assembling begin~

To Finish
 
 Place desired amount of each item in bowl -
beginning with noodles at the very bottom.
 Bring broth back up to boil, and pour over top.
 The heat of the broth will warm everything.
 ~Finished Product~

Variations:
*Sub tofu, beef, or chicken for shrimp.
*Add basil, mint, napa cabbage, mushrooms, daikon, Bok-choy, soba noodles, or any other similar item you like.


All I have to say is yum-my!  I'm feeling much better and we ate this for lunch again today - you know, for safe measure - ha!  Let us know if you try it - it's always great to get your thoughts. And now everyone, the weekend is upon us (yahoo!!) - before I go I just want to remind you that:
Oh - and have a great weekend, too!!  Any plans? I'm hoping to take in The King's Speech - has anyone seen it?

74 comments:

Katie said...

The bowls are making me want to try that even more!

I wish I could have actually found the MbMJ sleeve with the girl on it! The Apple store had a limited selection (and was crazy and stressing both Jared and I out) so I got a pinky/magenta one. It is cute though!

Josie said...

These bowls -- SOOOOOOO cute! Definitely incentive to make some tasty noodles, no? Wishing you a fabulous and very relaxing weekend, gorgeous!
xo Josie
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lisa said...

that looks really nommy! i hope you feel better soon.. and those bowls are soooooo cute i love how they can hold chopstix. tres chic!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yum - healthy, delicious looking soup in fancy bowls!

Krystal said...

I seriously need to discuss a career change for mark - i think he needs to be a chef.
also, google song 'chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side" makes me laugh!

jemina said...

It looks so delicious and YUM YUM YUMMIE!!!!!
thanks dearie for sharing :)

Kisses
Jemina
xoxo

Marcela said...

Aww, I´m hungry!

Collette Osuna said...

That is such a cute bowl...the recipe looks fab too...Ill have to give it a try:)

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Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Mmmmmm that sounds SOOO good right now. It's so cold and hot spicy soup would definitely do the trick!

Debby said...

Once again I am kicking my younger self in the butt for not being wise enough to look for a chef to marry... trust me Maddog should not be anywhere near the kitchen! Glad you are feeling better. I am going to try this, looks easy and healthy! xo

Cool Gal said...

I will be making this recipe for sure this weekend. I love spicy noodles! Sounds perfect for a cold winter night. YUM!

Thanks for sharing.

Closet Fashionista said...

Awww the chef is so wonderful!!! :D :D Its always good having someone take care of you, isn't it? :)
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Bethany Dirksen said...

Looks scrumptious. This post was very nicely put together, by the way. Great work :)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I think spicy soup cures much better than chicken noodle soup. It wakes your body up. This one looks yummy.

Courtney Erin said...

This looks and sounds delicious - I'll have to give it a try. I haven't seen the King's Speech yet (hopefully next week because usually I'm all over and British history movie but I've been ridiculously slow on the uptake these past few weeks) but it's supposed to be amazing.

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MerciBlahBlah said...

I am SO making that this weekend. Whenever I get sick with sinusy stuff, I take a package of ramen noodles, add ginger and red pepper flakes and eat it as spicy as I can stand. Opens up the sinuses like nobody's bidness. It's the poor-man's version of chef's!

I DID get your e-mail about my friend - sorry I'm a schmuck and haven't replied yet. Durrrr...

I soooo want to see The King's Speech (Colin Firth, homina homina), but don't think it'll be this weekend. After all, we DID see Black Swan two weeks ago. We have to allow our alloted month to go by before we can get our a$$es to the movies again. Sigh.

Hugs!!
Shannan

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh yumm that sounds amazing! And those bowls are the cutest too. And glad to hear you're feeling better.

Off to buy some more from Melinda Maria. I already got 2 pairs of earrings and a ring :)

Happy weekend, honey! xoxo

Taylor said...

YUM-O DOLL!!! I am in need of something new - heavy winter foods are really getting drab and the fruit you buy right now tastes so BLAH! I think i will make a bath of this, this weekend!

Love you always, and send me those jeans pics! HA!

Lisa Griffin said...

i feel like i've been battling a cold for the last 3 weeks! i think i need to try this!
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Nikki said...

What a lover! When I'm sick all I want is Pho...I add a ton of siracha and burn my throat and it feels so good! Once I did ask for my Mom and my Husband called her. Then I gave her the flu a few days before she flew to Europe. Oops!

Peetzi Jen said...

I have the worst sinus nonsense and this is the ticket!! Thanks again for saving the day with another yummy recipe!

Bowls...where did Momma get those beautiful bowls?

xoxo!!

Isabel said...

this looks delicious! i might have to make this.

Dancing Branflake said...

Love the bowls! The soup looks and sounds so fresh and healthy. I love that!

Anna Jane said...

um, i LOVE pho and spicy noodle soup--definitely one of my faves. what a gem you have in the Chef!

feel better, C.

Jessica said...

I just love the bowl! The chef did good, didn't he?! Your soup sounds and looks delicious. I hope you continue to feel better and enjoy your weekend!

Anna Katrina said...

YUMMM !! enjoy it it looks amazing



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la petite coquine said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well, but the chef certainly pulled through! That soup sounds amazing, and the spice to cure your cold was inspired!

Also, the shoes below are to die for. Hope you excavate the tree this weekend!

xo, Lena

TheChambrayCountess said...

Aww, hope you feel better soon! But that soup looks like it could help a lot ;) I need noodle bowls!

Moosette said...

YUM! That sounds delish! Lucky gal to have a boy make you soup while you are sick - the extent of my boys cooking skills is opening a can of soup! Oh and I totally still want my mom when I am sick... lucky for me she is 5min away!

ps... LOVE those bowls!

Ashley said...

Oh, NOM! That looks delicious! I might have to try it out when I have time this weekend. I'm a sucker for spicy noodles and things like that. Yeah!

I'm glad you're feeling better now! And I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who had a mom who treated them super good when ill. I stayed home for days...she took off of work to stay with me, brought me anything I ever wanted, watched lame TV with me, and everything else. I don't ever WANT to be sick...but I have to say, I kinda miss those days. =| Am I crazy or what?

Thanks for your comment! I totally enjoyed reading it and it cheered me up. I like your idea of doing the exact OPPOSITE of what I did while I was in school. I was mostly a goody-good in college because I value my grades (obviously, haha), so this girl might be bustin' loose sometime in the near future!

Abby said...

That looks like an absolutely DELICIOUS soup! And those bowls are really cute. Hope your recovery is fast and complete!

Claudia Cifuentes said...

This sounds delicious! I'm pretty much on board with any recipe including Siracha sauce, my fave. I put it on everything. :) Hope you are feeling better! xo

Marissa said...

Anything with lemongrass is fine by me. Sounds delicious. Hope you're feeling all better and can enjoy the weekend!

Daisy said...

Carrie!! this soup looks amazing. fun bowl too. I am sure it had you back on your feet in no time.

Valerie said...

This post is making my stomach growl. What a great soup for a sick day. I'm glad you're feeling better, Carrie! It's supposed to be 80 degrees this weekend! I'm so excited and hoping to have a frothy margarita with one of those little umbrellas in my near future.

xo
Valerie

Half Dressed said...

Love your food posts! This looks so yummy, def have to give it a try

L x

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Looks amazing but WOW so many ingredients. I think I would rather go to Pho.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

PS feel better soon.

Rachel from Love a la Mode said...

My soup making skills are limited to defrosting Tabatchnik from the frozen food section. But this looks delicious! And I haven't seen The King's Speech but I heard it's fantastic!
Bisous,
Rachel
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Kimbirdy said...

oh i'm sorry you've been sick! the mister's been sick and i've been working hard to avoid it. it's good to have someone to care for you though. LOVE those noodle bowls!

Alleen said...

Looks divine and with the addition of tofu-YUM! Have a wonderful weekend! xo

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Holy moly that looks amazing! I thinks it's fair to say that we could all use a man named Chef in our lives...what a gem! Hope you have a good weekend lady! xo

Couture Carrie said...

So yummy, darling Carrie!

Happy Weekend to you, too!

xoxox,
CC

Annie said...

Carrie, you know how I love my soups (and all things spicy) -- this sounds so DELISH! and I could totally see it helping when you feel under the weather. Yummm! I was just saying to Dylan how I wanted to try to recreate the noodle bowl I get at one of our fav restaurants (Raku).. this recipe will definitely be helpful! Glad you're feeling better :) Have a great weekend! xo

Alicia said...

yum, that soup looks delcious and much better than the pretzels I just ate... boo! ps loving those bowls and so glad you approved of the leopard on leopard look! happy weekend lady ;)

Fashion Meets Food said...

Can I come over and have dinner with you? This looks absolutely fabulous. Hope you have a great weekend!

xo

Giovanna ♥ said...

So yummy!! Thanks for sharing darling! xoxo
Giovanna
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Chas said...

Yum! That looks amazing - definitely will have to give that recipe a try!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Yum! Are you feeling better? ( I totally want my mom too when I'm sick..shhh ;) x

Lori said...

Sounds like a perfect recipe when you are under the weather. Enjoy the movie ~ I hear it is fabulous and feel better. xo

Mimi said...

that bowl is so cute! and yay for having the chef there to make you that yummy soup. :D

p.s. i really want to see the king's speech too!

<3, Mimi
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Rose said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, and hope you are feeling better.

ruthy ann said...

i'm writing down this recipe right now....this looks amazing and so healthy!! hope you're feeling better!

The Owl's Closet said...

Not pathetic at all:) I am the same way when I'm feeling under the weather. I hope you're feeling much better this weekend! You're so lucky to have an awesome chef in your life!!:D Must try this recipe sometime! Have a great weekend, Carrie! -AB

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LyddieGal said...

glad the soup helped you feel better, it sounds delish.

and i think everyone wants their mom when they are sick.

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Poppies and Sunshine said...

I want some of this right now! It sounds so amazing. I love spicy soups. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, Carrie!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

What a delightful husband you have! The soup looks warm, colourful and nurturing. Hope you are feeling better, my lovely. Wishing you nice thoughts this weekend. xx

..R May A.. said...

looks yummy!! x

The Zhush said...

This sounds insanely yummy...hope you are feeling all better!xx

Lesley said...

I'm starving now!!! I want to make this!

Alexandra said...

i love soups, yours looks great

Cafe Fashionista said...

All I can say is that you eat SO weel - this looks incredible, Carrie! I may need to try my hand at this sometime soon - though there is no telling what the results would be like on my end! :P

Taylor said...

This looks amazing, Carrie!

MarchMusings said...

Oh yum! A hot and spicy soup always does the trick.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

OMG! I need a bowl of this. I am staying in this weekend, I am feeling awful.

Allison said...

Regardless of whether it's good, the pictures look great!

Stacey said...

Loving the bowls-they have great depth too! Yeah, i cry for my mommy when i'm sick too:-). BUT, you have the next BEST thing(well person) aka THE CHEF! Lucky you! XX

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This is excellent. There is a lemongrass coconut milk spicy soup that I am in love with at the local Thai place. This recipe makes me think maybe I could make it for myself!!!

Brooke said...

Thanks for the comment your blog is awesome....wish I could cook...yea don't worry darlin we're all in this together haha

She Wore It Well said...

king's speech i shall be seeing soon. let me know if you like it xo

Kristin said...

That looks absolutely beyond delicious!

claire said...

It is very cold today in Dallas, but this soup would cure my winter blues! looks great!

Grave said...

I love soups, yours looks great and thanks for your recipe now I know to cook the spicy noodles.

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Rachel said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net) may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious sore throat.

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