Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold (Vegan)

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

I guess I forgot to knock on wood last week when I said that I had a cold, but wasn’t going to stay home from work.

On Friday morning, I woke up coughing and sneezing all over everything. Gross.

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

I thought I was done with colds this winter, after fighting one off just before the holidays, but it turns out that was wroooong. And based on my recollection of getting sick right around the Bachelor premier 2 years ago, apparently I get sick at this time every year.

It doesn’t help that it’s been absolutely freezing in Salt Lake for the past week – highs in the teens. Who wouldn’t get sick?

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

So on Friday morning, instead of going into work, I cuddled up on the couch with my laptop, a box of tissues and a cup of tea.

Tea is good… but soup is better.

Luckily, I also had the ingredients to make this soup.

Soup fixes everything. So I made it and proceeded to eat it for lunch and dinner all weekend.

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

What is it about soup that makes me feel so much better – nature or nurture? It must be both… warm fragrant broth to warm you up from the inside out and clear the sinuses, plus the recollection of exactly the same sensation every time you’ve been sick since childhood.

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

Mmmmm… yep, nothing better to cheer you up when you’re sick than hot, noodley soup.

So can I recommend that you make this immediately? If it’s cold where you live, if you’re coming down the the sniffles, if your boyfriend or roommate or co-worker just sneezed… take action and cook up a big pot of (vegan!) soup. And don’t forget the sriracha… or tissues!

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold | Coffee & Quinoa

Asian Noodle Soup To Cure a Cold (Vegan)
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This fragrant vegan soup will warm you to your toes. Recommended for times when you're sick and feeling sorry for yourself.
Yields: 3-4 bowls of soup
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 heaping Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (preferably one without tomatoes, such as Whole Foods 365 Organic)
  • 3 green onions plus extra for serving, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 3 baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into very thin coins
  • 7 oz extra-firm tofu, cubed
  • 5 oz soba noodles
  • chopped cilantro, for serving
  • sriracha sauce, for serving
  1. In a large pot, heat sesame oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add jalapeno, vegetable broth, and green onions. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  2. While broth is simmering, cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. (These are cooked separately to keep your nice broth from getting murky!)
  3. Strain broth into a large bowl. (This step is optional, but I prefer to remove the solids.) Once strained, pour broth back into pot. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, vegetables, and tofu, and simmer until veggies are heated through, 1-2 minutes. Add soba noodles and heat for 1 more minute, until both noodles and broth are hot.
  4. Remove soup from heat and ladle into bowls. Serve alongside sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and sriracha.
  5. Note: This soup is best eaten immediately, as it won't reheat well once the vegetables and noodles have been added. If you're planning to have leftovers, I recommend saving half the broth just after straining and before adding anything else. For leftovers, you can assemble the bowl of soup just before reheating, which will prevent mushy veggies and noodles.


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  • Abby January 9, 2013, 1:20 pm

    gorgeous soup! I’ve been craving miso but I’ll have to make this instead :)

    • Erica January 9, 2013, 1:53 pm

      Thanks Abby! Miso is on my to-make list, too :)

      • David October 5, 2013, 2:32 pm

        Made this for my girfriend last saturday. Needless to say I’m in the kitchen again. She absolutely loved it. Thanks!

  • Peter @Feed Your Soul January 9, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Looks very soothing.

  • Noble Pig - Cathy January 9, 2013, 4:04 pm

    This sounds and looks amazing and healing!

  • Juegodesabores January 10, 2013, 1:40 am

    I think it´s an original recipe! I like this soup!
    Best regards!!

  • Carole January 10, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Hi there. Food on Friday: Ginger is open for entries. This looks like a good one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Happy New Year!

    • Erica January 10, 2013, 12:56 pm

      Thanks Carole! I just posted a link to the recipe on your Food on Friday post :)

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 10, 2013, 2:04 pm

    This sounds so good, and the pictures are lovely! I like the kleenex box in the picture, haha :)

    • Erica January 10, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Thanks Katie! Real life right there :)

  • Carole January 10, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Erica, thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting a great collection of dishes using ginger together. I hope you have stopped by some of the other links to check them out!

    Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog on Google Reader. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

  • Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily January 10, 2013, 7:49 pm

    What if said cold catapulted into a full blown, knock down, drag out flu?
    This soup looks so perfect right about now ;)

    • Erica January 10, 2013, 8:59 pm

      Feel better, Gwen! Soup helps :)

    • Erica January 11, 2013, 10:58 am

      Feel better Gwen! We just got a huge snowstorm here, so flu or not, I have a feeling I’ll be making more soup this weekend.

  • Teresa January 10, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Hello! This looks delicious. Noodle soups are my total comfort food. Do you know if Soba Noodles are high in carbs or gluten?

    • Erica January 11, 2013, 10:57 am

      Hi Teresa! Soba noodles are lower in carbs and calories than pasta, but most of their calories still come from carbs. Most soba noodles that I’ve seen are made from whole wheat flour as well as buckwheat, but I believe you can find gluten-free all-buckwheat ones – just check the label.

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 21, 2013, 1:22 pm

    This is one of my favorite kinds of soups; not heavy, but totally satisfying!

    • Erica January 21, 2013, 1:52 pm

      Me too, especially during these cold winter months!

  • Julia May 1, 2013, 10:03 am

    This was lovely. I doubled the wine vinegar and added some honey to give it a bit of “hot n’ sour” soup feel to it!

    • Erica May 1, 2013, 10:23 am

      Sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed it, Julia :)

  • Muriella Alexander September 20, 2013, 12:03 am

    Greetings from India! I was surfing the net looking for some veg recipes to prepare for my hubby who just came down last night with a bad cold :( and came across this recipe- it looks simple and I will try it today itself! Thank you Erica!

    • Erica September 20, 2013, 7:36 am

      Thanks for your comment, Muriella! Hope your hubby feels better!

      • Muriella Alexander September 26, 2013, 5:38 am

        He is much better! And the soup was real tasty!!! Thanks for sharing, Erica!


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