“Asian” Noodle Bowl!


Dinner tonight!

Let's just say I sometimes know how to get the kids to eat their veggies. By calling the soup “Asian” I had their full attention and palates. I do sometimes wonder though if they think the country of “Asian” includes that entire side of the Pacific rim, minus Japan, the holy grail of sushi! And I realize that by offering a mash-up of countries and cuisines in one bowl I am perpetuating the problem. I don't care-I still got them to eat broccoli, mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

My friend Nancie McDermott who has written some crazy good cookbooks including a couple featuring Thai and Vietnamese sparked today's kitchen foray when she came on my SiriusXM radio show (10-12 am east, channel 110-couldn't help myself :). So I enhanced some stock with rotisserie chicken bones, ginger, garlic and the liquor from rehydrated wild dried mushrooms. Then I laid out the buffet:

Cooked rice noodles

Chopped scallions

Steamed broccoli

Raw slivered sugar snaps

Wild mushrooms (Italian, but what the heck)

Shredded chicken


Other choices-sesame seeds, bean sprouts, snow peas, water chestnuts egg etc…

I also laid on the spice with a favorite fermented hot sauce and enough extra soy to numb their tongues and bloat their ankles till Friday.


Btw – tomorrow's ribs are in the oven as we speak. I caught a Bon Appetite recipe on my way home and couldn't help myself. Rub, Braise, Cut, Reheat.


Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

One thought on ““Asian” Noodle Bowl!

  1. That is a beautiful bowl of soup. I will need to try this. I don’t have kids to feed but my husband is happy to have something out of the ordinary. We do get into a rut over the winter.

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