Chicken-Ginger Noodle Soup

Chinese people, especially more traditional ones, are very particular with soup. My dad used to be one of those people, but he’s mellowed out a lot. Before, he used to demand that my mom boil him soup daily. Sometimes, if my mom made a big enough pot, we’d have leftover soup from the night before, but when we did, my dad would grumble. He’s less crotchety now, even though he’s older. You’d think he’d become more particular while growing older, but instead he’s definitely more relaxed.

I guess it could be all those Chinese soups he drank in his youth. Chinese soups are supposed to have healing, restorative qualities. I’m not too sure about the health benefits, but I do know that they taste good. I’ve never actually made Chinese soup; if want some, it’s just much easier to go back to my parent’s place. Chinese soups are long-boiling, mysterious creatures.

What I do make, instead of those long-boiling pots of soup, is a simple chicken and ginger broth. I love the subtle spiciness of the ginger in this soup. It’s great as the broth for a bowl full of noodles. Add some shredded chicken, shiitake mushrooms, a green vegetable, and some green onions and you have a meal. Not as time-consuming or traditional as true Chinese soups, but tasty nonetheless!

Chicken-Ginger Noodle Soup

1.5 lbs of chicken bones
2 quarts of water
1 3-4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 bunch of green onions (I only had 2 sad green onions left in the fridge, so I made do)
cilantro
salt to taste

noodles of your choice
shredded chicken
spinach or other leafy vegetable
6 shiitake mushrooms, re-hydrated and thinly sliced

Put your chicken bones in a pot and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and keep it at high heat for 5 minutes to boil out the impurities and scum. Rise off the bones and give the pot a good wash. Fill the pot with 2 quarts of cold water, add the rinsed off bones and the ginger, green onions and cilantro. Bring to a boil and reduce to a bubbly simmer. Let the stock simmer for up to 2 hours.

When it’s time to eat, strain out the solids and season the broth to taste. Cook the noodles according to the package. Briefly blanch the spinach in boiling water. Put your noodles in a deep bowl and top with shredded chicken, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy!

11 Comments add yours

  1. It’s funny how universal chicken soup is. I think only Eskimos and vegetarians don’t have some variation.

    Good to see you’re taking care of yourself while you are sick.

    I’m sure vegetarians find vegetarian noodle soup just as healing!

    steph on May 6th, 2010 at 9:58 am
  2. Couldn’t agree with you more. Chinese people are big fans of soup. My father and father-in-law demand to have soup everyday. They just don’t feel they have eaten any meals without soup. They think soups are healthier than other foods.
    Your chicken noodle soup looks very healthy and delicious. Yumm…

    It’s funny, but you’re right, they don’t feel like it’s a complete meal without soup!

    steph on May 6th, 2010 at 10:01 am
  3. Haha, so true. Though my mom says the daily soup thing is more Cantonese than pan-Chinese.

    Yes, the Cantonese seem pretty obsessed with it!

    steph on May 6th, 2010 at 10:06 am
  4. No Eskimos

    rather Inuu

    fyi

  5. I’m sick at home and just made myself almost the same soup! I was checking out how other people do it. I didn’t have any cilantro or shiitakes, but I used a bunch of white pepper and standard supermarket mushrooms.

  6. Um yep, this looks delicious. I would always eat soup with ginger while I was living in Korea, and it would fend of sickness. Something about it :)

  7. I always like things with ginger in it as it is winter here is australia it is very good to aid in recovery from sick ness as well as avoiding it, the ginger has an effect similar to paracetamol, i study herbal medicine in my own time and ginger is very useful it helps to:
    treat the effects of morning sickness
    reduce the feeling of motion sickness
    treats heart burn
    aids in prevention and treatment for cold n’ flu
    migrain relief
    and is all round good for the digestive track

    and they are just a few that have scientifically been proven.
    But at least i know what to make for dinner tonight!.

  8. delicious..! Its 2 good

    urwa tul wusqa on December 14, 2012 at 12:06 am
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