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Shiitake Bok Choy Soup With Noodles

Posted: Friday, October 8th, 2010
Serves 4 – Total time 45 minutes or less

1/2 pound bok choy
8 grams katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes; about 2/3 cup)
1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
6 scallions
6 ounces thin Asian wheat or buckwheat noodles

Preparation: Cut bok choy crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Discard stems from mushrooms and cut caps into thin slices. Cut scallions diagonally into thin slices.

In a 5- to 6-quart kettle bring 6 cups water to a boil with katsuobushi and boil 1 minute. Pour stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl and discard katsuobushi. Return stock to kettle and add bok choy, mushrooms, and noodles. Simmer soup, uncovered, until noodles are tender, 2 to 5 minutes, depending on type of noodle. Season soup with salt and pepper and stir in scallions. Adapted from Gourmet, February 1999.