How to make vegetarian hot noodle soup in 20minutes

1 Oct
Vegetarian Noodles

20 minute vegetarian hot noodle soup

Super speedy (20 minute) hot vegetarian noodle soup

I seldom have time off. I am constantly tired and submerged. But I am not complaining because the rewards are infinite and I am my happiest when I am with my boy. I do get the occasional moments of liberation into the friday night world when I see the girls and I only got my wings four or five months ago, so the excitement is a bit like the thrills I felt as a fresh and novice teenager venturing out into the bright lights.

So our last, enjoyable and tasty dinner out was at wagamama and behold, it was my first time. I was a wagamama virgin. When I’ve mentioned this to my friends they’ve all raised their eyebrows and given me an understated and polite chuckle. I cant say I haven’t considered going in recent years but I make a lot of noodle soup at home; it’s so easy and fresh as well as thoroughly tantalising.

It regularly surprises me when people tell me that they don’t make noodle soup, even when they like it. It isn’t much of a leap from a simple stir fry, all you need is a good stock. My recipe may stir a little bit of argument for the following reasons;

1. Curry powder- insult or enhancement?

I know a lot of foodies detest curry powder. I quite enjoyed watching faces aghast at the mention of it when I watched Rick Stein in India. It’s isn’t balanced creatively, it has one taste and isn’t fresh. I agree. I would never, ever use it in curries as they deserve proper layering of goods spices and each curry should be cooked in consideration of the vegetables in that curry. This noodle soup is a quick recipe and curry powder works. Simple.

2. I’ve called it a super quick 20 minute recipe, naturally this will be contested.

3. It’s hot.

4. Tomato purée – in a noodle soup? Yes. It is true. It adds colour and sweetness which I feel is important given that some of the other flavours are pungent.

Today I got my cosy socks on, thought about hot water bottles and made noodle soup. It’s my comfort food that doesn’t make me fat.

Here are my pointers for making noodle soups work

1. Be careful with chilli bean sauce and soya pastes. They add wonderful background depth and aroma, but if you over do it, you will taste bitterness and that’s not nice.

2. Don’t go crazy with noodles, they tend to swell in the soup.

3. Use exotic mushrooms rather than woods ones, they are soft and absorb juices well and the noodle soup is cooked for just a few minutes so work well with the delicate nature of exotic mushrooms like oysters.

4. Use salt sparingly, vegetable stock is salty. I didn’t add any to this recipe.

5. Use sesame oil or groundnut oil. Nutty oils are delicious in noodle soup. They are the vehicle for enhancing the other flavours.

I’m not an overly tidy Eater, I had splutters of the hot and spicy stock on my phone today. Luckily it has a cover on it, but this soup is drinkably, suckably, flaming good.


100g baby corn chopped into bite sized pieces
100g green beans cut into bite sized pieces
2l vegetable stock
2 pak choi, roughly chopped
One bay leaf
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp tomato purée
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1tbsp chilli bean paste
4 spring onion chopped into bite sized chunks
75g exotic mushrooms (I’ve used largely grey oysters) torn
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp pounded schiuan peppercorns
75g Amoy vermicelli
2tbsp sesame oil for cooking


1. Heat the oil for a few seconds before adding the garlic, ginger and spring onion. Sauté for a minute before adding the curry powder. Stir through until the colour deepens (it should take a minute or so).
2. Add the vegetables and coat well.
3. Stir in the vegetable stock, bay leaf, peppercorns, rice wine vinegar, chilli bean paste and tomato purée.
4. Bring the soup to a simmer and then add the noodles.
5. Cook for 3-4 minutes before serving.


24 Responses to “How to make vegetarian hot noodle soup in 20minutes”

  1. Catherine Taylor October 1, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Looks delicious!!

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      It is! And surprisingly filling. Hope you’ll try it x

  2. kellie@foodtoglow October 1, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Anything with Sichuan peppercorns gets my attention. Looks a perfect “I think I’m getting a cold” soup – delish!

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      A lady after my own heart! Funnily enough my boy has generously shared his germs with me…this soup is the tastiest nose clearer! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely feedback xxx

  3. Catherine Taylor October 1, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Can’t wait to, a proper winter warmer, thx for sharing x

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      You are very welcome indeed, keep visiting Catherine xx

  4. Lorraine October 1, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Just what I needed! A quick and easy recipe that is mouth watering and perfect for this time of year when it’s getting chilly. It really is delicious so thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with us all.

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Lorraine! Lovely of you to share such generous feedback! Thank you! It has definitely helped clear me of the germs my boy has kindly shared with, in a very tasty way. I hope that you will try this one out x

  5. Lisa Ditchburn October 1, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    This looks really tasty Deena and healthy too! Look forward to trying it.

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Hello Lisa, it is great to hear from you. Yes it is pretty nutritious and surprisingly filling! I had lots of cake afterwards to create a balance 😉 I hope you’ll try this out xx

  6. tokyohamster October 1, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    yumm this looks delicious! i’m a huge fan of noodle soup, but we don’t make it at home as much as we’d like (for my husband, that’d be everyday!). i’ve never made a tomato-based noodle soup before, but this sounds great!

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 11:24 am #

      Oh thank you that’s really kind! This one is a pretty loud soup and addictive! Noodle soups are so super easy so my husband is easily pleased as he loves healthy and tasty food. I hope you we try it and keep visiting xx

  7. Vina October 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Hey Deena, thankyou for sharing this. Looks simple, yummy and healthy. What more could one ask for 🙂 X

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi Vina, thanks for our positive comment! It is indeed all of those three things..and speedy! Let me know how you like it when you try it x

  8. veggiereviews October 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    It is national vegetarian day and with all the vegetarian cooking you have been doin together with all vegetarian recipes we are proud to be sharing some of your work on our Facebook and twitter pages. We are always looking for veggie top blogs like yours. Indian food in something that is loved in the UK. Thanks again for sharing your vegetarian recipes.

    • Deena Kakaya October 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Thank you so much, I am delighted you hear that you enjoy my recipes! I look forward to more feedback from you

  9. Deb October 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    We are so very busy and in need of comforting yet simple to prepare recipes for dinner. The Vegetarian Hot Noodle Soup is a perfect example of a great weeknight dinner recipe.

    • Deena Kakaya October 2, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Deb, thank you so much for leaving a lovely and positive comment! Perfectly said, I cook dinner with a toddler at my ankles wanting to play, so a quick, tasty and healthy is what we and so many of us need! I hope you’ll try it out and let me know what you think. Visit soon xx

  10. EA-The Spicy RD October 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Yummy soup and I have almost all the ingredients at home! We have warm weather here in California right now, but, still I’ve been craving soups lately. I had broccoli soup twice last week and made tomato soup last night. I will definitely be adding this to my soup line up 🙂 So glad you stopped by my blog to say hi-love all your recipes and looking forward to more!!

    • Deena Kakaya October 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      Hi! So lovely to see such kind words from you-thank you! This soup is one of my comfort foods that doesn’t leave me feeling guilty as its pretty healthy. In so pleased that you like it, I will look forward to hearing how you liked it once you’ve tried it. I love your recipes too, let’s stay connected xx

  11. Pooja Madhvani October 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    This sounds delish and quick!!

    • Deena Kakaya October 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

      It’s both of those things Pooja and nutritious! Give it a whirl xx

  12. Sonia October 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I couldn’t stop eating this soup. I had 3 bowlfulls! I could have carried on! It was so delicious and quick and great for clearing the sinuses!

    • Deena Kakaya October 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      Hi Sonia! Your comment made me ole-thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 3 bowls? Good job it’s a healthy recipe 🙂 ha ha, yes it is hot! X

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