Then lo & behold, I found love again in the strangest place, this time on the back of a Frewville Foodland Shoppa Docket. A recipe for Asian Noodle Soup grabbed my heart & I just had to cook it on the weekend. It filled all the criteria for the No Fat Ever Again diet & I combined it with a favourite recipe for Steamed Pork Dumplings from our bible - The Biggest Loser Best Ever Recipes. So I assembled all the ingredients above & here's what you'll need:
4 cups good home-made low fat chicken stock
1/4 Chinese cabbage, finely shredded
2 small red chillies, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1 bunch (3 heads) bok choy, chopped
1 small knob fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons soy sace
1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
1 packet organic soba noodles
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced
1 fresh lime
Punnet of enoki mushrooms (a special optional treat - but gosh they were good!)
400gm. pork mince
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced finely
1/4 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 medium knobs fresh ginger, grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
Then open 1 packet of fresh gow gee wrappers, place a teaspoon of the pork mixture in the centre of each wrapper, fold in half & seal the edges well. I've got a cute little dumpling mould, that makes it a little easier & crimps the edges tightly so the filling doesn't ooze out everywhere during the steaming process. It's time consuming, but throw the iPod into the docking station & have a sing along while you work!
Phew - one tray down, three to go!
Steam all the dumplings in a metal or bamboo steamer in batches for about 10-15 minutes, or until the wrappers turn translucent. Keep singing! I ran out of wrappers, so rolled the left over mixture into little balls & baked them on an oven slide for about 15 mins. @ 180C. While all this is happening, combine the chicken stock & Chinese cabbage in a large saucepan & bring to the boil. Simmer gently for about 3 minutes. Add all the other soup ingredients except the bean sprouts & spring onions to the stock mixture. Quickly blanch the soba noodles separately in boiling water.
Divide the soba noodles between deep bowls, add the spring onions & little pork mince balls.
Then add as many dumplings as required & ladle a generous amount of the hot soup mixture over them. Garnish with spring onions & coriander & if you fancy, lay the enoki mushrooms over the top & squeeze lots of lime juice over the whole lot. Mix well in the bowl & enjoy - loud slurping is mandatory!
Image: I Am Love movie