Do you ever feel too exhausted to cook in the evenings but want a fresh, healthy, comforting dish that you can prepare in lightening speed with very little effort? I think all of us do from time to time, I certainly did this evening. So I put together this wonderfully flavoursome broth in less than 10 minutes. I feel it cleanses the body and heightens ones senses. It’s definitely my kind of dish.
King Prawn Noodle Broth – Serves 2
190g Jumbo king prawns (or any prawns will do)
1 bag/ 200g of udon noodles (double the amount if you are feeling hungry)
1 tamarind broth cube (Knorr make them)
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
6 thin slices of fresh ginger
half a red chilli, finely sliced
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1/2 tsp of lemongrass paste
2 tsp of light soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp of coriander, chopped
1. Thinly slice the garlic, ginger, red chilli and spring onion. Heat the sesame oil in a pan, and when it is hot, add the chopped ingredients and the lemongrass paste, and cook gently for a couple of minutes.
2. Meanwhile put 600ml of boiling water in a pan on a low heat and break up the tamarind broth cube into the water. Then add the prawns and watch them reduce in size slightly – this will only take a couple of minutes – be careful not to over cook them!
3. Place the contents of the pan with the garlic, ginger, chilli, lemongrass and spring onion into the broth along with the udon noodles. Whilst I use udon noodles any type of noodles will work equally well. Experiment and see which you prefer. Cook the noodles for 3 minutes and during this time add the soy sauce and the juice from half a lime.
4. Serve piping hot with chopped coriander on the top with a lime quarter on the side.
If you are feeling under the weather or want a general ‘pick me up’ this warming broth is sure to reinvigorate you. Instead of prawns you could use chicken or for a vegetarian option: broccoli, sugar snap peas, mange tout or pak choi.