The weather cooled down a lot today in the evening. It actually got cold enough for us to get out our comforter and cuddle up on the couch while watching TV! The mood was set for something that would warm you up, not just from the outside, but especially from the inside. That's when I had this sudden craving for soup.
But not any soup! The only one that would satisfy and comfort me would me my mom's special "Mee-hoon Soup" - a Malay spicy noodle soup!I remember having this soup on my trips to Malaysia. My grandma would always make it for us when it used to rain (which was every other day!), to keep us warm and avoid us catching a cold.I still crave for this soup on cold nights, and with the winters being horrid here, this easy to make soup is always a welcome guest!
Malaysian Spicy Noodle Soup
For the Soup:
2 cups Chicken Stock/Broth
1-inch piece of ginger
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 red chilies
Fresh basil leaves
1 stalk of lemon grass
For Serving and Garnish:
Thin rice noodles or vermicelli
½ cup sliced onions
½ cup fried pieces of chicken or tofu
Freshly chopped coriander leaves
½ cup bean sprouts
1 tbsp chopped peanuts
Soak noodles in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes and set aside.
Add ginger, garlic, red chilies, basil and lemon grass to chicken stock and bring to a boil. Strain the soup and add to noodles.
Garnish with sliced onions, bean sprouts, chicken or tofu, and coriander leaves.