So many choices, so little time

Two Souma posts today, aren’t you lucky?!
Sorry for making the both of you wait, Remy and Ply! 😀

Picking the right bowl is proven to be difficult even for Megumi, whom is best known for her heart-warming culinary skills.

Down with another cold I go (bloody hell) and she is now tasked with another get-better meal for me! The sick bastard!

It is time for…

The Feel-Good Noodle Bowl

 

And it is actually quite packed… messy…

 

The Tools:

  • A pot and a wok or two pots; one for the soup and the other for wetting the noodle
  • A chopping board
  • A knife
  • Something to stir the pot
  • I still don’t know what we humans call this thing below
Crush crush crush...
This is practically the first step: crush the peanuts into rough dust (well, not literally dust)!

 

The Ingredients:

  • Up to five tablespoons of (preferably olive) oil
  • Peanuts
  • White (Rice) Noodle
  • Garlic, a few cloves
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fish Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Vinegar or Lemon/Lime Juice
  • Chicken Stock cubes or just buy a ready made one – you can also use any other types of stock
  • Onions, just two
  • Spring Onions
  • Water
  • Mung Soy Beans
  • Your choice of ‘protein’; meatballs or dumplings

You just know it’s going to be packed full of goodies when the list is bigger than all of my previous posts.


 

The first step is already given above.

Chop the onions into quarters, they are going into the pot to get soaked so better off having them in large pieces.

Chop spring onions into ‘half of your finger’ lengths and set them aside.

Chop garlic into small pieces, not finely.

The soup making process is literally the same as how I’ve made my porridge! Though it is really optional to cook the onion this time; you still do have to fry the garlic.

So, drop the tablespoons of cooking oil and fry the garlic!
Once the garlic become nice and crisp, set it aside in some mini bowl. The oil goes with it as well.

Fried Garlic in Oil
Fried garlic in oil!

 

Pour some water into the pot/wok to collect remains of the fried garlic. DO NOT discard any of it! You are completely safe with just fried garlic in water, haha.

Fried Garlic in Water
Now you have fried garlic in water.

 

Now add chicken (or any other) stock (cubes) into the mix and follow by those chopped onions and spring onions. You can save some spring onions for decoration, too!

Add salt to taste.
Now watch the onions absorb some of that soup and soften up…

Onions in chicken stock
Still waiting…

 

Complete the soup by adding in the proteins, I hope that you’ve made the choice as to what you want to use before reading up to this part!

While waiting for the soup to finish up, unpack the dry white rice noodle pack and soak it in another pot with just water. Use a sieve if you have to.

Another way to quickly do the noodle is just put it in a bowl with water then shove it into the microwave, heat on high power for a few minutes.

White Rice Noodle
I did the latter.

 


And it is done!

 

This meal is a two part bowl–not a one pot or one wok meal. Mix noodle and soup together then adjust the flavor with the remaining ingredients, which are:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Fish Sauce
  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Mung Soy Beans
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon/Lime Juice
  • Chili Powder
  • Spring Onion (if you decide to save some for decoration)

 

Depending on your personality, you may be the more soup type of person or that person who loves everything packed up tight on your plate. Naturally it means incoming mess when you actually begin to eat. 😛

 


 

And that’s another get-well meal over with! Ah please do not make me write up this kind of post at three in the morning again, my goodness.

Thank you again, Megumi!

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18 thoughts on “So many choices, so little time

  1. This looks absolutely delicious. I have made similar recipes with cauliflower as the “protein”… and a complicated mix instead of fish sauce (fish sauce is better!) The pics are great too. It’s not quite 10 am here but I’m now really looking forward to lunch

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  2. Oh man, first you get my stomache rumbling with that anime food earlier today, and now this. Seriously, running to the kitchen again lol 😂😂 I’m not much of a cook I have to admit, but I do like these posts 😊

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  3. Yummy! Gets me hyped for whatever trick our red-haired mc has under his sleeve.

    The thing you’re crushing the peanuts in is called a mortar. The tool you’re crushing it with is a pestle (in case ya need it future meals). Mortar & Pestle for short.

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