By Claire McCaffertyRead moreShareThis recipe is one of those dishes that have been so well loved and so often overlooked.
I love wonder noodles in a variety of ways, but when I see a recipe for them that I want to make, it’s always in the form of a bowl of noodles, with a side of broth.
They are a simple, simple meal that you can enjoy on their own or over a cold glass of wine, and they are always a delicious accompaniment to a salad.
A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my sister-in-law’s parents, who were both keen to get their mum’s recipe book back and were thrilled to find out that it was available for purchase.
As a family, we’ve always wanted to make wonder noodles and we love the simplicity of the recipes, so we went and ordered one up.
I’m sure it will be a staple in our family’s kitchen for a long time to come, and it was the perfect dish to introduce my family to.
We thought it would also be a great excuse to get out a bowl or two of my mum’s amazing soup and add it to our repertoire of Asian dishes, like noodle soup or tamarind curry.
What you need to make a wonder noodle bowl:I’m going to assume you already have some broth in the pot, and there’s not much you need.
However, a good soup noodle is not only full of flavour and texture, but it also has the added bonus of being healthy and filling.
I’ve been told that if you have enough broth, you can even use half of the broth to make some noodle stock.
My mum always makes her soup noodles from scratch, so this is not the first time I’ve tried to make her soup, but I found that I really struggled with the process.
It took me about three days of painstakingly pouring and stirring the broth in my soup pot to get it to the consistency I wanted, and even then I had to do it all by hand.
After some trial and error and trial and failure, I ended up making one bowl of soup and half of broth, then putting it in a large bowl and whisking it until it was well blended.
I also decided to double the quantity of broth to ensure I had enough to fill the bowls.
To make this dish, you will need a large pot with lid, which is what we have here, but you can also make it in an Instant Pot, which will give it a great, quick cooking time.
Once you’ve got the bowl of broth in your pot, heat up the water in it and add the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.
Give the mixture a quick stir, then add the broth, whisking constantly.
As you whisk, the liquid in the broth will start to bubble and expand, making the bowl feel like it’s boiling, so make sure you let the bowl cook for about 30 seconds.
Once it’s done, remove the lid and pour the mixture into the bowl.
The next step is to add the onions, carrots, cauliflower, carrots and celery, along with the ginger, salt and pepper.
The sauce will begin to thicken and thicken, so be careful not to overdo it.
If it feels too thick, add a little more broth and stir the mixture again.
The mixture should be thick enough that it won’t stick to the bottom of your pot.
When it’s all combined, pour it into a bowl and stir it gently with your spoon.
It’s not the most delicious bowl of noodle I’ve ever had, but the noodles are so soft, it doesn’t take long for them to cook.
I love how they are tender and juicy, with plenty of flavour from the soup and broth, and then topped with a little of the sauce to help them cook.
Once the noodles have cooked, add the tomatoes and stir until everything is cooked through, then pour it over the noodles and top with more sauce.
Serve it up with rice and stir.
You can also add a few more noodles and stir and garnish with some mint leaves.
The noodles can be left in the bowl for up to two hours or you can reheat them in a pot of boiling water to finish cooking.
This is one dish that can easily be adapted to suit a number of occasions.
You could make it for a dinner party, or a potluck, or it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables from your week-long garden, or as a side dish to a soup.
You can get the recipe here