I LOVE noodle bowls. They are a quick, healthy and delicious meal. It’s easy to add some probiotic power with a kimchi noodle bowl. The best part about noodle bowls is that they are put together individually, allowing the most adventurous eaters to share a meal with a more timid eater.
- 5 cups low-sodium broth
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cm piece of ginger
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp dulse or wakame flakes
- ½ lbs of flat rice noodles
- pork tenderloin
- 4 eggs boiled for 7 minutes so not completely hard
- 3 cups of kimchi
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ¼ cup green onions
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Combine all the broth ingredients in a pot and allow to simmer for 25 minutes. You don't need to chop the garlic or ginger, just peel the ginger before adding it to the broth.
- While the broth simmers, cook your noodles. Grill the pork and slice it into strips. And boil the eggs for about 7 minutes (so they are not completely hard).
- Have all the toppings warm and ready. Divide the broth into 4 bowls, removing the ginger, garlic and spices. Then let everyone fill their noodle bowl with their choice of toppings.
-I recommend using all the suggested toppings and layering as I have done in the photograph. However, let everyone choose their own toppings so they enjoy their meal.
-You can find kimchi in most Korean grocery stores. However, it’s really easy to make your own batch of kimchi. Here’s a recipe for a simple vegetarian kimchi. I usually also make a batch of kid-friendly kimchi for my little people.
Mix it up!
The best thing about a noodle bowl is that you can change up the toppings to suit your taste and your pantry. Here are a few simple ways to change up your kimchi noodle bowl.
- Make it vegan! Replace the pork with fried tofu for a delicious vegetarian noodle bowl.
- Switch out the pork. Chicken, fish or any cooked meat will work in this noodle bowl.
- Add more vegetables. More is always better when it comes to vegetables. Throw in some fresh sprouts, steamed broccoli and/or carrots.
- A No-noodle bowl. Switch the noodles for rice, or skip it altogether for a paleo/keto version of this Asian soup.