Dinner and a movie part two!! After licking our fingers clean from those awesome chicken wings from part one, now is one of my favorite simple meals, Easy Japanese Miso Noodle Soup. My kids love this noodle soup, its one of those quick meals I make when I don’t feel like cooking and I have made so many variations on it that the sky really is the limit with this meal. This noodle soup recipe is part of my 3 recipe series for Cost Plus World Market Movie Lover’s Sweepstakes and inspired by the movie, Big Hero 6.
I have a confession. I really wanted to do this post because of these bowls and chopsticks. I have had my eye on them at World Market like FOREVER now, and now I own them. They are HUGE and heavy and perfect for giant bowls of noodle soup. My husband thinks they’re perfect ice cream bowls.
Seriously how gorgeous are is this bowl? And those chopsticks too! They are ceramic – which makes grabbing up noodles a little tricky, but I am up for the challenge. These bowls are perfect for big servings of Japanese miso noodle soup, Pho, ramen or even a salad. OR ice cream. I LOVE bowls and have quite the growing collection. I am a fan of eating foods out of bowls. Even if the recipe isn’t really meant for a bowl.
In the movie, Big Hero 6, one of the main characters is Baymax. He is essentially a robot that looks like a giant puffy marshmallow man. He was created by the older brother in the movie, Tadashi, to be a personal home health companion. The scenes where he is assessing the health of certain characters is hilarious. He becomes so much more than a personal health companion. The relationship between he and the main character, Hiro, is so awesome; sweet, funny, you just fall in love with Baymax. And want one for your own.
Any time one of my kids or myself isn’t feeling the best, and we haven’t made a giant batch of homemade chicken broth, our go to for a nice simple comforting soup is this Japanese miso noodle soup. I first started making this soup when I was pregnant with my first daughter and not much else sounded good to eat. The salty miso with the starchy noodles always hit the spot. I loved it so much and a few years later when I made it for my kiddo she instantly loved it too. Now she requests it often. My younger kid not so much, she likes to just eat the noodles. But my older kiddo LOVES soup. So in a way this soup is our personal home health companion, just like Baymax. After a bowl we are satisfied with its care.
I know I COULD make miso soup from scratch but the ingredients aren’t always easy to find and I can’t always make it to the Asian grocery stores across town. I love this mix since its mostly organic ingredients and no added msg. I always use two packets for extra flavor, and the fact that I use a giant bowl for my soup only one packet and a little bit of water would look quite sad in the bowl.
Once in a while I will make this with half water and half chicken stock for extra added health benefits.
My kids love the thicker udon noodles and I like the thinner ramen. These are also sold at World Market and I love that they are organic as well. This time I made a combo of both.
Seaweed has a ton of health benefits and so do chili peppers and garlic. So I add in extra strips of roasted seaweed and a huge teaspoon or so of garlic chili sauce. The chili garlic adds an extra depth of flavor and spice, which I love. The spice will cure what ails you. Or something like that.
- In a large pan bring salted water to a boil and place noodles in pan. Boil for 4 minutes then turn off heat. Let sit another 2 minutes then drain.
- Divide the packets of soup between two bowls. Top with 1 cup boiling water each and stir. Let sit two minutes. Divide the noodles between the bowls and add a little more water if desired. Stir and then top with seaweed strips and garlic chili sauce. Add a little soy sauce if a more salty bowl of noodle soup is desired.