|Black rice noodles with veggies in a miso broth|
This was awesome. It hits the spot when having a later meal on a chilly (Arizona winter) evening.
The noodles color comes from black rice. They are sold at Asian markets, and cook pretty quickly. It is usually suggested that once you put the noodles in boiling water and bring back to a boil, to add a little cool water while cooking. You can actually put a lid on it once it boils and let it finish cooking covered with the heat off.
Drain and rinse in a colander in cool water. This will prevent sticking. When ready to serve, you can drain the water into a bowl and keep it covered to retain the heat. Drop the noodles in briefly prior to serving to reheat through. Or just pour hot water from a tea kettle over the noodles in the strainer.
In a small pot, add some water (or veggie stock) and a few dried shiitake mushrooms. These flavor the stock, and are really beneficial for our health. You can also toss in some pieces of kelp, wakame, or Dulce seaweed as well. Once the mushrooms have had a chance to cook and get soft, take them out with tongs and slice them carefully, then return to the pot.
Add any other veggies you have on hand that you feel like including, fresh or frozen. Start with heartier veggies like carrots and onion first, adding more as you go. We cooked a little onion, carrot and turnip. I have made a similar soup with a little frozen corn, spinach, frozen Asian veggie medley, or other thinly sliced greens like lacinto kale.
Once the veggies are all soft, it's ready. Place a tsp. of miso (barley or red for stronger taste, or a blend of red and a mellow miso like white, or chickpea is good) in your serving bowl. Ladle a little broth in the bowl, and mash in the miso paste. Top off the bowl with noodles that you quickly reheat and soften if needed by dunking in the cooking water, or pouring boiling water over the noodles while in the colander. Add more broth to fill the bowl. Garnish with scallions, and a little Thai chili paste or few drops of toasted sesame oil if desired. If you want more substance, add cubes of x-firm tofu, or any of the vegan mock chicken tenders. This can be a side dish or a main meal. Slurp and enjoy.