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Dinner Tonight: Dumpling Noodle Soup

Some days, convenience is paramount when it comes to dinner. On the way home I picked up a package of Chinese frozen pork dumplings and, for perhaps the first time since college, a package of ramen noodles. On a cloudy November day I had visions of a rich broth with spicy scallions, ginger, tender dumplings, and handfuls of noodles. I got my wish.

The recipe for the broth could have gone a number of ways. For this soup I began with chicken stock, then added soy sauce, scallions, plus minced ginger and garlic. Another version could have begun with miso paste and dashi, or perhaps a tablespoon of fish sauce then the soy. Either way, it all comes to a boil with the vegetables (no sautéing needed), then the dumplings and the noodles are added and simmered until cooked through. After only ten minutes, your dumpling noodle soup is ready.

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