Monday, January 11, 2016

Squid and Sun Dried Anchovy Ribbon Noodle Soup

     Healthy Soup!     
     It is funny how some people react to the word "anchovy."  Mediterranean anchovies are salted, dried and packed in oil.  Good Mediterranean anchovy products taste great.  The problem is that low quality Mediterranean style anchovy products have a strong fishy flavor that some folks never get over after one taste.
     Sun Dried Anchovies from Southeast Asia have a mellow umami flavor and they are not salty at all.  When cooked in a broth, sun dried anchovies add a rich umami fish flavor.  When reconstituted, sun dried anchovies look like tiny fresh fish.
     Squid and Sun Dried Anchovy Ribbon Noodle Soup: 
     This recipe yields 1 large bowl of soup.  (About 2 1/4 cups)
     Step 1:  Place 2 3/4 cups of water in a sauce pot over medium heat.
     Add 16 sun dried tiny anchovies that are about 1" long.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of coarse chopped rinsed salt packed dried wakame seaweed.  (Salt packed wakame is soft and it is not dried crisp.)
     Step 2:  Bring the liquid to a gentle boil.
     Gently boil till the anchovies and wakame become tender.  (About 10 minutes.)
     Step 3:  Add 1 teaspoon of minced ginger.
     Add 2 cloves of minced garlic.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of thin soy sauce.
     Add 1 pinch of Chinese 5 Spice Powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric.
     Add sea salt and white pepper to taste.
     Step 4:  Add 1/3 cup of coarse chopped bok choy.
     Gently boil till the bok choy starts to become tender.  (About 2 minutes)
     Step 5:  Add 1 small portion of fresh wide sliced ribbon egg noodles.  (Sliced wonton wrappers are fine for this soup.  Cut the wonton wrappers into 1/2" wide strips.)
     Gently boil till the noodles gain a firm texture.  (About 1 minute)
     Step 6:  Add 3 ounces of sliced squid.
     Gently boil for about 30 seconds.
     *After gently boiling for the length of this recipe, the finished soup should have a volume of about 2 1/4 cups.   Add a little water if there is not enough broth. 
     Step 7:  Remove the pot from the heat.
     Ladle the soup into a large soup bowl and serve.
     No garnish is necessary.
     Soups like today's recipe are made to order and they are served immediately after they finish.  This is a good tasting healthy noodle house style soup!

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