Saturday, September 08, 2007

Asian Hot Pot

Tired, so speedy review.

Recipe from: Real Simple, February 2007
Difficulty: Easy and quick
Tasty?: Pretty good, nothing special. Wished it had sesame oil in it.
Make again?: Nah.

Asian Hot Pot

1 3.75-ounce package cellophane (bean thread) or thin rice noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces shiitake or other mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
6 cups vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chili sauce or hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
4 scallions (green and white parts), thinly sliced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

Prepare the noodles according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the broth, soy sauce, ginger, and chili sauce (if using) and combine. Bring to a boil. Add the scallions, carrots, and green beans. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Drain the noodles and cut into 3-inch lengths. Divide the noodles among individual bowls and ladle the soup over the top.

Tip: You can find cellophane and rice noodles in the Asian-food aisle of most supermarkets. If you prefer a more substantial soup, substitute 8 ounces of angel-hair pasta or whole-wheat spaghetti, breaking the strands into pieces before cooking.

Yield: 4 servings

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