Asian Rice Noodle Soup with Bok Choy and Thai Nam Prik

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Asian Rice Noodle Soup with Bok Choy and Thai Nam Prik is an intensely flavored, savory comfort food. With a cooking time around 10 minutes, it’s also a perfect candidate for weeknight dinners or on-the-run weekend meals.

And to me… the dish is beautiful!

To achieve that delicious Asian broth requires only a few simple ingredients added to store-bought chicken stock. It couldn’t be easier or more delicious.

For me, this is an ultimate comfort food. My German grandmother would make something very similar to this. To her signature chicken broth, she would add noodles, and sliced boiled eggs, and garnish with scallions. Anytime we needed a little comfort, a little extra goodness, something simple yet incredibly warm and comforting, this soup would immerge. Over the years, I’ve followed that tradition.

While I make many variations of her soup, this is one of the easiest, quickest, and most flavorful!

Be sure to make the traditional Nam Prik, a popular Thai condiment that’s easy to make at home. In fact, it keeps for two weeks and is great alongside rice, soups, grilled meats and satays and even steamed greens. In fact, the flavors intensify as it sits, so it only gets better and better. The Nam Prik is responsible for a lot of the flavor in this soup. Depending on your heat tolerance, substitute the chili peppers accordingly.

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Asian Rice Noodle Soup with Bok Choy and Thai Nam Prik

Asian Rice Noodle Soup with Bok Choy and Thai Nam Prik | 31Daily.com

Asian Rice Noodle Soup with Bok Choy and Thai Nam Prik is an intensely flavored, savory comfort food. With a cooking time around 10 minutes, it’s also a perfect candidate for weeknight dinners or on-the-run weekend meals.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
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Ingredients

Stock

  • 4 cupchicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 11/2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Soup

  • 1 package wide rice noodles (like A Taste of Thai, affiliate link)
  • 4 baby bok choy, sliced in half with some leaves removed and chopped
  • 2 boiled eggs (increase to 4 if you want a whole egg per serving)

Thai Nam Prik (Traditional Thai Condiment)

  • 2/3 cup Thai Chili peppers (or Bird’s Eye chilis, which are very hot), thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Instructions

Add all of the stock ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the stock simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package instructions, boil the eggs, and prepare the Nam Prik Nam. Also prep the baby bok choy by slicing in half or in quarters depending on the size. Chop of the leaves and set aside.

Add the baby bok choy and leaves to the soup and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until it is wilted.

Divide cooked noodles into the bowls, pour the fragrant broth into each bowl, making sure each has bok choy and leaves, then garnish with sliced or halved boiled eggs.

Garnish with Thai Nam Prik, and freshly ground black pepper.

Thai Nam Prik (Traditional Thai Condiment)

Combine thoroughly the ingredients and mix until well blended. Store in airtight container up to two weeks. I always refrigerate mine. Serve this condiment with fried rice, grilled meats, soups (like this one) or even with plain rice.

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