Herb broth with rice noodles, tofu and vegetables

Whenever I make noodle soup, the default flavours I go for are Chinese or Vietnamese. And while both are delicious, the herbs I have growing at the moment don’t quite lend themselves to those flavour profiles, I have a lot of sage…
So, it was time to experiment!
I’ve used a standard vegetable stock as the base, flavoured with a little caraway, and sage, basil and mint for the herbs.
For the vegetables I’ve used tomato, radish, courgette and chilli, which was a great combination, and very pretty too!
Little cubes of silken tofu add protein as well as texture, and a squeeze of lemon completes the dish.
It was really good, ever so satisfying and a new combination of flavours for my noodle soups. A sort of euro pho if you will!


Herb broth with rice noodles, tofu and vegetables

makes 1 large bowlful

500 ml light vegetable stock (I used marigold made to half strength)
a pinch of ground caraway seed, (you really don’t need a lot)
2 tbsp fresh basil, small leaves left whole and the rest roughly chopped 1 tbsp fresh mint, as above
3 fresh large sage leaves, shredded
2 small tomatoes, quartered. I used yellow ones
4 radishes, sliced
1/2 a courgette, diced
green or red chilli to taste, thinly sliced. I used 1 red chilli
a squeeze of lemon juice, about a tsp
a pinch of black pepper
175 g silken tofu, diced
45 g rice noodles

Bring the stock to the boil and add the caraway and courgette. Simmer for 3 minutes until the courgette is starting to soften.
Add the noodles, chilli and sage and simmer for a further 2 minutes. Next, the radishes, tomatoes and tofu. Cook for a further minute, you just want to warm them through.
Carefully stir in the herbs (so as not to break the tofu up), and season with lemon juice and black pepper.

By E.


mushroom noodle broth

I eat (slurp) this broth at least once a week, usually for breakfast at the weekend. The umami flavour from the seaweed and vegetarian oyster sauce, combined with savoury mushrooms and sweet peas is, for me the perfect start to the day! It’s immensely versatile of course, as this sort of dish is, but I always make it with the basic recipe below adding the extras depending on my mood.

The seaweed makes a huge difference to the depth of the broth. I’m using nori meant for wrapping sushi at the moment (it was 19p a pack at the discount shop!) but I’ve used kombu before with good results. My vegetarian oyster sauce and Chinese mushroom ketchup are from Wing Yip.

Current favourite extras are spinach and sliced sausage! But I’m fickle, and I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll be on to something else…

In the photograph, it’s the basic recipe with a sliced spring onion added.

Delicious savoury mushroom noodle broth

Delicious savoury mushroom noodle broth (slurp….)

makes one big bowlful

the basic recipe

500 ml hot light vegetable stock, or water with 1 tbsp vegan broth powder

4 mushrooms, sliced thinly

40 g frozen peas

3 x 3 cm piece of nori seaweed, torn into little bits

1 1/2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce (or substitute 1/2 tbsp with Chinese mushroom ketchup)

1 tsp light soy sauce

white pepper

35 g noodles (I use half a standard block of ramen noodles)


20 g frozen spinach

1 -2 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1 sliced spring onion

chilli to taste

sliced cooked vegan sausage

cubed tofu, silken or firm

Put the stock, mushrooms, vegetarian oyster sauce, nori, and soy sauce in a pan on a medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Add the peas and noodles, and cook for a further 3 minutes. Season with white pepper.

By E.