I rarely have time to spare in the kitchen – with a busy family it’s usually much more functional than that. It means that when I cook, I look for simple recipes with pack a punch. And they don’t come much simpler than this delicious ‘ramen’ soup. More often than not I make this with leftover chicken as using raw chicken is a faff I can do without.
This ‘ramen’ is from my third book and looks great as well as tasting delicious. It’s a real winner with my girls too (although they will pick out the spring onions!).
It’s proof that you don’t need noodles in stir-frys and broths. Whilst it can be tough to ditch pasta, rice and noodles. Once you know the alternatives and feel the benefit of not being weighed down by stodgy carbs, you’ll love the difference. (Please do not take this as me being ‘anti-pasta’. I’m really not. Supermarket pasta cooked in bulk on a Tuesday evening isn’t worth for me. Take me to a good Italian restaurant though and I’m the first to order pasta or risotto – that’s worth it).
Here’s the recipe (serves 4):
- Put 1.5L of chicken stock into a large saucepan with 2 tablespoons of ginger puree (or fresh ginger), chilli (to taste), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and a handful of coriander stems and heat until boiling. Bubble for a few minutes to help intensify the flavour.
- Add 125g of mushrooms, 200g pak choi stalks and 4 large carrots, spiralized into ‘noodles’ to the simmering stock. Cook for a couple of minutes until just tender.
- Finally, stir in 125g chicken and the pak choi leaves to heat through and check for seasoning, adjusting with a little more soy sauce if you like.
- Ladle into bowls and top with some coriander leaves, 4 boiled eggs – halved, some spring onions and sesame seeds to serve.
Enjoy! And let me know what you think! If you love this recipe, you’ll love the others in my books, available on Amazon and in all good bookshops!
Louise Parker: The 6 Week Programme by Louise Parker is published by Mitchell Beazley, £20 (www.octopusbooks.co.uk). Photography by Louise Hagger and Chris Terry.