Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spicy Asian Miso Soup

¼ green pepper, sliced
¼ red pepper, sliced
¼ red onion, sliced
15 sugar snap peas, sliced
1 med carrot, julienned
1 small leek, sliced (white and light green parts only)
3 baby bok choy, cut lengthwise into quarters
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tbs white miso paste
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
¼ block extra firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1 tbs sambal oelek
2 tbs vegetable oil
½ pkg rice noodles, soaked in hot water until al dente

Heat vegetable broth together with miso paste. Bring to a simmer, add vegetables and continue simmering for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss tofu in sambal oelek. In a medium fry pan over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil and pan-fry tofu until slightly crispy and heated through.

Just before serving, add rice wine vinegar and sesame oil to broth and vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add rice noodles to broth to heat. Serve, garnishing with spicy tofu to individual taste.

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