Noodles are my bae. I mean, they aren’t, but I wanted to know what it was like to use the word bae in a sentence and it feels as ridiculous as I judge others who use it to be. YOLO. J/K. What even is a bae?
This recipe for triple lime coconut noodles was born out of a more serious than usual bid to use up bits and pieces scattered across limitless tupperware containers in my kitchen. My determination was fueled by a fire to move fewer items to our new flat, except the flat didn’t happen because people’s brains are made out of worms and idiocy. I’m currently working on replacing the clutter while deciding whether or not moving is worth the effort.
Noodles are my go to snack and my favourite breakfast when I am capable of making and eating breakfast. I generally have a homemade stock or three hanging out in my freezer for such occasions, but with this hodgepodge of a recipe you can make a hugely flavoursome soup quickly (ish) and without the arsing about of making a froofy vegetable stock beforehand.
Triple Lime Coconut Noodles
Inspired by Ohn-no Kauk Swe, a favourite Burmese comfort soup, this variation includes Persian dried limes and Thai kaffir lime leaves in a Japanese dashi stock base. The beauty of noodle soups, and this is no exception, is the toppings can stem from what you have knocking about in your kitchen.
- 3 tablespoons chickpea flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cups finely minced onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon dried turmeric
- 600 millilitres water
- 3 dried shiitake mushrooms, stems snapped off
- 1 piece kombu
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4-5 slices fresh ginger
- 3 Persian dried limes, pricked with a knife
- 3-4 kaffir lime leaves, torn
- 3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 120 millilitres (½ cup) thick coconut milk or cream
- Handful or two of your favourite noodles, cooked
- Handful of blanched greens
- A wedge of lime
- Salt and pepper
- Heat a large-ish saucepan to medium high heat and add the chickpea flour, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes until it turns a uniform toasted brown. Shake it into a separate bowl, rinse the pot, and put back on the heat to make the stock.
- Add the oil to the saucepan, along with the onion. Fry until crispy and brown, stirring often. Add the garlic and turmeric and fry for another minute. Tip in the water and the dried shiitakes, kombu, soy sauce, salt, ginger, Persian limes, and kaffir lime leaves. Knock the heat down to medium low, and leave to simmer for 30-35 minutes. Drop in your halved cherry tomatoes.
- Remove kombu and bin it. Remove mushrooms and set aside to cool.
- Whisk the toasted chickpea flour into the coconut milk until there are no lumps and then pour the slurry into the simmering stock. Stir constantly until the soup thickens and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes. Have a slurp of the liquid and add more salt and/or pepper to taste.
- Grab and bowl and lump your precooked noodles of choice in the bottom. Pick out the lime leaves, dried lime, and ginger slices from the broth and pour the remaining liquid over the noodles. Slice up those shiitake mushrooms and add them to your bowl, along with the blanched greens. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the lot and top with any combination of the optional condiments listed.
- Author: Kip Dorrell
- Serves 1-2
- Cuisine: Persian Thai Japanese Fusion