One more recipe before I unleash the first of the Regency ball pictures–and it’s a good one. Drawing from my usual resource, this recipe is a fantastic little find. Inspired by Vietnamese Pho, this brothy soup is chock full of tasty tidbits, and the little bit of sriracha stirred in at the end is absolutely essential in taking it from a basic broth flavor to something satisfyingly complex and interesting. Picking out the pieces of steak, bok choy and mushrooms with a pair of chopsticks is (dare I say) really fun, and I will definitely be coming back to this soup. Thanks Mary Helen for creating such a great recipe!
It makes 4 generous servings, but could be stretched to 5, especially with extra noodles.
Let’s get down with our inner Asian side.
14 oz thin rice noodles
6 cups beef stock
3 TBS dark soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
3 TBS peanut oil
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 large white onion, minced
3 baby bok choy, chopped
1 lb NY strip steak, sliced thinly
1 bunch scallions
1 TBS sesame oil
1/3 cup shredded basil
2-4 tsp sriracha, to taste
1 tsp chicken bouillon, to taste
1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
Any thin noodle would work, but I used these. They had been hanging out in my fridge for a few months and it was time to put them to good use.
Cook the noodles according to the package directions. My fresh noodles just needed a couple minutes in hot water.
Drain them and set them aside.
Here are the rest of ingredients that will be appearing on scene today:
Give the ginger a rough grate–a microplane zester works wonders in a situation like this.
In a large pot, combine the beef stock, ginger, and soy sauce . . .
. . . and bring it to a simmer.
In the meantime, give the onion a nice mince.
Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet and brown half of the onion, the garlic, and the mushrooms. Give the mushrooms a nice go-’round with some salt and pepper.
Within a few minutes, they will become brown and beautiful.
Add them to the soup–but only after sneaking a taste!
While the mushrooms were sizzlin’, I gave the bok choy a rough chop.
Bok choy is such a beautiful vegetable–the slices look like flowers, don’t you think?
Brown the rest of the onion and the bok choy with a little more oil if necessary . . .
. . . and then add them to the soup as well.
Slice the steak thinly and on the diagonal.
I was a little concerned with the amount of fat in the steak, but it turned the pieces into melt-in-your-mouth morsels of glory.
Add the strips to the soup.
Thank you, New York Strip. Thank you, cow. Thank you, marbling.
The meat should cook within a couple minutes; stir in the sriracha to taste.
Don’t fear the sriracha! It will add a lovely depth, so please don’t skip it–you can adjust to your spiciness level, but the flavor it adds is not to be missed.
Plus, if you skip the sriracha I might start hyperventilating, and no one wants that.
Now this is very important: taste!!
Add the chicken bouillon if you need a little more flavor (I did), and sriracha if you want a little more oomph.
Give the scallions a quick chop.
And do a quick mince on the basil.
Stir in the scallions and sesame oil . . .
. . . add the basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Lovely! Give it another taste just to double check the seasoning. If you underseason the soup it will be very ‘meh.’ If it’s tasting thin, that can easily be changed with more sriracha and/or chicken or beef bouillon. Yes, I know I’m beating a dead horse–but seasoning things correctly (correctly = to your taste) is a powerful thing. It has transformational magic.
Divide the noodles into bowls and pour the hot soup over them.
Serve with both chopsticks and a soup spoon.
It may splatter some as you scoop the noodles out of the liquid, so diners beware!
Am I allowed to just fish for the pieces of New York strip and eat them? All? One by one?
No? Next time I might add 8 lbs of steak instead of just 1 lb. Everybody to the limit.
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