Mongolian Noodle Soup

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Mongolian Noodle Soup

 

Ingredients (serves 2)

 

  • 100g dry egg noodles
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 small potatoes, cubed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pints of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/s tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 3 tsp veg stock powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Apparently there's no cure for the common cold, but I know that's wrong because this is it; hearty, warming and with just enough chilli to properly un-bung you.

Now let’s be honest, Mongolian food is not pretty and it won’t be winning any haute cuisine awards any time soon. You won’t find a drizzle of this or a jus of that anywhere near it, but quite frankly if you try to posh it up you’ll miss all the good stuff about it. This is utterly unpretentious comfort food and working food. Food cooked over a fire by nomadic herdsmen who think that weekly showering is metrosexual. It’s intended to warm your bones in the bitter cold and keep you going through long days of hard manual labour. If you’re feeling rubbish, make a pan of this, sit on the sofa wrapped in a duvet and eat the lot (never mind the ‘serves 2’ bit), straight out of the pan if necessary. Chicken soup ain’t got nothing on it.

  • Fry your onion and garlic in half the oil until browned. Don’t be tempted to reduce the oil amount, it’ll give extra flavour to your soup later.

 

  • Boil your carrot and potato in a saucepan for approximately 10 minutes until al dente, then add the noodles. They should only take a few more minutes to cook and soften.

 

  • Drain the water out and return the noodles and veg to the empty saucepan, stirring in the oily garlic and onion.

 

  • Stir the stock powder into the pint and a half of boiling water and pour it over your noodles. Add the second tbsp of the oil.

 

  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir before ladling into bowls. Sprinkle with extra chili flakes if you like it extra spicy!