“I would kill!!!! for a noodle bowl but the broth would probably kill me with salt”, my sister Lydia texted me about a week ago. Looks like a text of an overly dramatic girl except that Lydia’s health condition is so serious that every single word in that text is pretty darn close to truth. Due to Type I diabetes her kidneys failed a year before she turned 30 leaving her first, fighting for her life, then being put on a waiting list for a transplant, then waiting. Waiting is a tough business but what makes it even worse is her incredibly restrictive diet, sodium being her mortal nemesis. Asian food, of course, comes to mind immediately when you think of ‘high sodium” offenders, especially if cooked in a restaurant.
As soon as Lydia mentioned her craving, I had a recipe in mind and I was determined to make it delicious and guilt-free! Thai Noodle Bowl is basically a Chicken Noodle Soup with a Thai twist. It takes 20 minutes to prepare and it gets all the flavour from spices and not MSG. If you are an Asian food lover chances are you have all the ingredients in your fridge already. I certainly did but I am also told by my friends my condiment section is out of control.
- Oil- 1 tbsp.
- Sesame Oil- 1 tbsp.
- Onion, diced- 1 medium
- Celery, diced- 2 ribs
- Garlic, minced- 4 cloves
- Lemon grass (I used a pre-made paste from a tube)- 1 tbsp.
- Chilli powder- 1 tbsp.
- Dried Chilli flakes- 1/8-1/4 tsp. (to taste)
- Low-sodium Chicken Broth, pre-made or your own- 6 cups/1.5 litre
- Canned Crushed Tomatoes- 1 cup
- Chicken Breast, diced into bite size pieces- 2
- Fish Sauce (Nam Pla or Nuoc Mam)- 3 tbsp.
- Cilantro/Coriander leaves- 1 cup
- Chow Mein Noodles or any other Asian noodles or even spaghettini- 125 gr.
- Spinach- 150 gr
- Lime juice- from 1 lime
- In a large pot heat both oils, then add diced onions, celery, minced garlic, lemon grass paste, chilli powder and red chilli flakes and cook until soft over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the broth, tomatoes, chicken, fish sauce, cilantro leaves and bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the noodles to the pot and cook according to package directions, mine took 5 minutes.
- Once the noodles are done, stir in spinach leaves and lime juice and take off the heat.
If you think chicken noodle soup is boring and reserved for sick days you will change your mind after trying my recipe. Thai Noodle Bowl is a vibrant with a hint of spice dish that tastes even better than your favourite restaurant can deliver while you know all the ingredients that went into it.