People have been bothering me for semi-healthy free-from Chinese-style bits and pieces for a while, and I've been perfecting vegan, gluten free options. Here's what I've come up with. You can, of course, add extras and leave out anything you don't like. This takes approx 30 mins max to make, is dead easy, very satisfying tasty and possibly vaguely good for you. I've got a vegan/non-vegan alternative for you on the balls, but the broth is much the same either way. Let me know what you think?
I've deliberately sourced a lot of it from supermarket ready packed veg (as it's easy that way...), but you can add any sort of veg you like. Beansprouts would be particularly good I think (I didn't have any...).
50g rice (uncooked weight), cooked.
150g cooked chicken or tofu.
Add both ingredients to a food processor and pulse to blend. Shape into small balls and shallow fry these for approx 5 mins, to cook and firm up.
(I added a spoon of gram flour to the tofu ones to keep them together, but I'm not convinced it's needed.)
Set aside, and start on the broth....
1 pack of 'asian mushrooms' (Tesco do good ones).
1 pack pak choi, rounghly chopped.
1 pack mange tout and sweetcorn, roughly chopped.
1 tsp chinese five spice
1 portion of rice noodles
3 cloves garlic, chopped.
1 bunch coriander.
Chinese rice wine
Fish sauce (for the non-vegan version, obviously!)
Stir fry the veg quickly, then add approx 2 pints of veg stock, the garlic and five spice. You can add a sachet of miso soup here if you have any (awful stuff, in my opinion!). Add the chilli and sauces to taste, then bring to the boil. Add the balls and noodles and simmer for 5-10 mins until everything is cooked and heated through.
Serve in large bowls with coriander and extra chilli sprinkled over the top. There is likely to be slurping and spattering as the noodles flick around the place, so perhaps not a first date meal.....
Mr Strongman Fitness gave me a 9.5/10 for this. He meant 10/10 of course, but likes to keep me grounded ;)