This “feel-good” soup is aromatic and chock full of protein and fragrant Asian flavours. It’s the perfect antidote for a miserable cold—or just miserably cold weather!
You can control the sodium content of your soups by using homemade chicken or vegetable stocks. In addition, when purchasing ready-made stocks, read labels carefully. One popular brand’s regular organic chicken stock contains 740 mg of sodium per cup versus 115 mg in its low-sodium variety!
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken thighs and brown on one side for about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn thighs, add garlic, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove garlic and chicken from pan and set aside on clean plate.
Add chicken stock, lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, and syrup to pan, scraping pan bottom with fork as you do to release the u201cbrowningu201d into pan. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, add chicken and garlic, and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, put noodles in large saucepan of boiling water, turn off heat, and leave to stand for about 4 to 5 minutes till tender, or according to package instructions. Drain well and divide among 4 deep soup bowls.
Strain soup through sieve to remove ginger chunks, lemongrass, garlic, and chicken. Remove chicken from sieve and flake into small bite-sized pieces. Return strained stock and chicken to pan. Add shredded bok choy and cook over medium heat till greens are tenderu2014about 3 minutes. Ladle soup immediately over noodles and garnish each bowl with cilantro or parsley (optional).
Inspired by the flavours of Vietnamese-style summer rolls, this satisfying dinner is built around a marinated flank steak that will stretch to feed a crowd. Marinating flank steak over several hours tenderizes a cut that starts out tougher than some others but can’t be beat for flavour. The marinade flavours of lemon grass, lime, mint, cilantro, and red chilies shine through and are topped off with a spicy mango dressing. Those enjoying this board can choose to eat salad-style or make lettuce wraps filled with slices of beef and a host of crunchy vegetables. Party perfect If you don’t have a board big enough to accommodate everything, split items between two smaller boards. If you’re serving over a few hours, you can also keep some of the ingredients back from the board, in the refrigerator. This will help you keep the board replenished and looking good as stocks are depleted. Leftover sauce makes a great marinade for coleslaw.
Give veggies and dip a punch of protein with this savoury white bean dip. Roasted garlic gives this dip a mellow but rich flavour. The vegetables can be changed up according to the season, but don’t skip the beautiful Belgian endives. Their slightly bitter flavour makes an excellent contrast to the slightly sweet dip, and they work as a built-in scoop. Make-ahead dip This is a great dip for making in advance. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, before serving, allow it to come up to room temperature. This will accentuate the rich flavour.
Arranging salads on a board is a great way to let people choose what they like and build their own bowls according to their tastes. Family and friends can arrange a super hearty grain bowl salad using the protein-packed, iron- and vitamin D-rich ingredients on this board. This salad board takes its cues from a classic Niçoise salad but leans on Asian ingredients and flavour inspirations. Jammy eggs For perfect “jammy” eggs, bring a pot of water to boil. Using slotted spoon, gently submerge eggs, cover, and set timer for 6 1/2 minutes. While eggs are boiling, fill medium-sized bowl with cold water and ice. The minute the time has elapsed, using slotted spoon, remove eggs and place in ice bath. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before serving.
This sweet and savoury brunch board has something for everyone and is tied together by go-anywhere, do-anything buckwheat pancakes flavoured with caraway seeds. These hearty little beauties make a great base for smoked salmon and a creamy caper and chive sauce. Those who fall firmly on the sweet side of things will be equally delighted when their pancakes are piled high with berries or bananas. Serving up Provide plenty of utensils for serving and plates and cutlery for eating to encourage guests to make up their own plates—forks or small tongs for pancakes or smoked salmon, spoons for serving up berries, and small dishes or ramekins (with spoons) for sauce and smaller items such as hempseeds.