Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shiitake Kombu Noodle Soup


Cold weather means warming foods.  One of my favorite ways to warm up in the evening is with a big broth-y bowl of noodle soup.  This one is a regular at our house.

I start early in the day with 4 cups of water, 5 inches of kombu cut into small pieces, and about 7-9 dried shiitake mushrooms.  Let this soak at room temperature for at least a few hours.  If you don't plan ahead you can skip this step by simmering these ingredients for about 20 minutes.

Then scoop out the shiitakes and slice 'em up.

Return the sliced shiitakes to the pot along with the following ingredients:

4 cups vegetable or mushroom broth
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons mirin
1/4 cup wheat free tamari
3 sliced carrots
3 sliced green onion
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
sea salt to taste

Simmer until the carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.   Add 12 ounces of cooked and rinsed rice noodles.  

I like to scoop out the noodles and veggies first, then ladle the broth over the top.

This is so delicious and warming and is a little different each time I make it.  Here are some ideas for tasty additions:

  • fresh ginger slices
  • broccoli
  • kabocha squash
  • tofu cubes
Enjoy and stay warm! Hope your 2013 is off to a great start.


  1. Ahh, I love brothy soups. I've never used dried shiitakes before, but I'm pretty sure I've eaten them - they're quite chewy, right? And happy 2013! :)

    1. Yes, the shiitake is chewy with a strong flavor. I love them in soup and stir-fried with veggies.

  2. Oh man this soup looks amazing!! It looks so comforting and warming and like a perfect meal for a cold winter day. Bookmarked for sure!! Great start to the new year!

    1. Thank you! It's been unusually cold for Portland lately so hot soups have been on the menu regularly.

  3. mmm, looks yummy! happy new year, nikki! xoxo

  4. Yummy! Looks like the perfect alternative to "chicken noodle". I must try! Happy new year!

    1. It is! Sometimes I use the "no-chicken" broth.

  5. I love shiitake mushrooms! The soup looks great and perfect for cold January days.

    1. Shiitakes are so delicious. One of my favorite shrooms!

  6. That looks like a really cozy bowl of soup, perfect for winter!

    1. Yep, lots of soup around here lately :)

  7. mmmm, nothing like a big bowl of soup! i need to get off my butt and get myself some kombu - i've still never used it in my kitchen!

    1. Hi Jess! I picked up my first kombu about a year ago and it's so great for making soup broth. Hope you get some soon :)

  8. Yum, this is definitely a perfect end of the night soup - warming and not super filling. Kabocha squash must be great in it.

    1. Yeah, the kabocha squash is a really nice addition.

  9. Yeah, the kabocha squash is a really nice addition.

  10. I want a bowl of that now! Looks so comforting.

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