Other Main Dishes
Family Tested & Approved
seeded cucumber or english cucumber, cut to matchstick size
salt, enough to toss with cucumber sticks
ground pork, can use ground chicken as well
garlic, grated or finely chopped
ginger, about 1", peeled and grated
ground black pepper
sriracha or other hot sauce. i like the sweetness of the srirach
canola, coconut, peanut. not olive, has too much flavor
fish sauce, do not omit, does not taste "fishy" is an amalgamator
swiss chard, escarole or any hearty green, clean and roughly torn, no need to chop
scallions, thinly sliced
udon or other thai noodle, comes prepackage and ready to microwave, buy with no flavoring
five spice, you can find this in any chinese section in grocery store
Cut cucumber into matchstick size and sprinkle and toss with salt, just enough to cover. You will serve this as topping for finished product. Adds so much freshness!
Add oil to deep skillet or soup pot and heat. The vessel you use will contain the 4 servings of soup.
Lightly and quickly saute pork, garlic,ginger, pepper, sriracha and five spice. Break up with spoon and brown and pork is cooked through. About 8 minutes
Add chicken stock, soy sauce, fish sauce and 1 cup of water and bring to low simmer.
At simmer, add the chard and scallions and stir until the chard(or any hearty green) is just wilted. Usually takes about 2 minutes once you get it all in. Don't worry, it wilts down very small.
Microwave noodles in pack per instruction. Or if making your own, cook your udon or rice noodles now.
Add drained noodles or microwave noodles to 4 bowls and ladle soup mixture over noodles. Top with crunchy cucumbers and a squeeze of lime wedge.
This makes a mildly spicy soup bowl. Keep sriracha or hot sauce handy as others may find it too mild.