Faced with a bag full of strange greens, including Tatsoi, from the CSA this week I went online and found this recipe for a Faux Pho. I choose this recipe because it was vegan and because I thought I might successfully substitute the Tatsoi for Bok Choy. Oi!
We liked this light and flavorful soup alot and will definitely try it again.
As is often the case, I did not have the exact ingredients on hand to make the dish, so I made a few changes. Here is my slightly tweaked version of a very nice recipe.
- 6 oz. Soba noodles
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil (mild flavored, such as peanut, vegetable, soy, or canola)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon crushed or ground szechuan peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- +-1/4 cup cooking oil (mild flavored, such as peanut, vegetable, soy, or canola)
- 2 baby bok choy, sliced----I used a head of Tatsoi
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 onion, sliced lengthwise
- 1 T sesame oil, divided
- 8 oz button mushrooms
- 1 quart vegetable broth
- 1 tsp vegetable bouillon
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
- 1 handful fresh basil, shredded or sliced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cook the noodles according to package directions, then immediately drain, and rinse in cold water. Toss with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to keep from sticking.
- Add the ginger, szechuan peppercorns, crushed red pepper, and 2-3T of cooking oil to a small stock pot. Mix together, then increase the heat to medium. Allow the ingredients to sweat for 10 - 15 minutes. They should become fragrant, but do not let them burn.
- Add the carrots, onions, mushrooms and red bell pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes, just long enough for the vegetables to begin to soften. Add minced garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add the broth and bouillon and greens.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil, then quickly reduce to a simmer.
- Add the soy sauce and the noodles.
- Taste, then add salt and pepper as needed. You may also want to add a little crushed red pepper or siracha sauce to add a little heat.
- Divide the soup, noodles, and vegetables into bowls, then garnish with the fresh basil.