Introduction: Asian-Style Tomato Soup With Rice Noodles

This recipe is so delicious and classic to our family, I just had to share. The base of the soup is mainly tomatoes but the addition of the rice noodles/vermicelli, meatballs, and tender vegetables just makes everything click together.

This recipe is great because it is so versatile. We make all different versions: vegetarian, meat-loving, and everywhere in between. I made a version with tofu, shrimp, and mushrooms (picture below) but the recipe that the recipe uses has more veggies and adds some yummy homemade meatballs. The dish is very healthy with a combination of vegetables, meat, grains (the noodles) but be creative and see what combination you'll put together.

Asian-Style Tomato Soup with Rice Noodles is a delicious, versatile recipe for the family or for a quick dinner.

Step 1: Ingredients

Here's what you need to make your next dinner ;)

  • 1 package of vermicelli- this can be found in most of the Asian section of your local grocery store or you can also go to an Asian supermarket
  • 2 pounds of tomatoes- about 2 to 3 tomatoes but you can add/subtract the amount accordingly to your taste
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of tomato paste- for a richer taste, add more
  • 1 pound of ground meat- to your taste
  • 1 pound of shrimp- again add how much you want
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • 2 ounces of dried shrimp- this can be found in an Asian supermarket
  • salt, sugar, oyster sauce, olive oil (these are the seasonings for the dish so add how much you like)

The ingredients below are to add more substance to the dish so you can mix and match however you want. These are some of my favorites:

  • any vegetables- such as mushrooms, celery, carrots, mint leaves
  • fish- salmon goes very well this dish and tilapia is great too
  • tofu- to add a more vegetarian taste
  • herbs- basil, green onion, garlic

Step 2: Preparing the Ingredients

Cut up your tomatoes and any other vegetables you have. Prepare the shrimp (defrost and peel if needed) and any fish or tofu you're going to add. Slice up the ginger and any other herbs as well.

This is also the time to season the ground meat. Sprinkle a bit of salt and sugar (I'd say about 1/2 teaspoon each) and add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and oyster sauce (each).

Step 3: Starting the Soup

In a large pot, add just enough olive oil to cover half of the bottom. Then add the 3 slices of ginger and dried shrimp. Then add your sliced tomatoes and stir.

Step 4: Making the Soup

Then add the 2 teaspoons of tomato paste to the tomatoes along with the six cups of water. Boil for about 5 to 7 minutes and then add the other vegetables (like celery, mushrooms, etc.). Cover and let simmer.

Step 5: Preparing the Vermicelli

Meanwhile in a large pot, add the vermicelli or rice noodles. Pour enough water to cover the noodles and boil until the noodles start to separate from each other. Drain in a colander and set aside.

Step 6: Meatballs and Flavoring

Now back to the tomato soup. Add the shrimp and any fish you decide to use. Then start rolling your meatballs (scoop the meat mixture with a tablespoon and roll in your palm to form a ball). Once you’re done with the meatballs add those the the soup. Season the soup with some more oyster sauce, salt, and sugar but you can be creative and add other flavors as well. Simmer for about 3 more minutes.

Step 7: Finish!

Then add the drained rice noodles/vermicelli to the tomato soup and keep warm until serving. Asian-Style Tomato Soup with Rice Noodles is a great family meal that is easy to make and customizable as well. The dish is delicious enough to impress but simple to enjoy as comfort food. Enjoy!

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ericaevs made it!(author)2011-03-18

That looks extremely delicious!

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-03-18

It definitely was! Highly recommended :)

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honeywithsole made it!(author)2011-01-24

Looks delicious. There's a popular Vietnamese dish called Bun Rieu that is very similar. They sell it at many Vietnamese restaurants! It's one of my favorites!

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CrescentMoon made it!(author)2011-01-26

I love Bun Rieu!! I will definitely have to try this recipe. :)

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-25

Oh yes! I have had that many times at pho restaurants but I definitely like this version better. I hope you try out the recipe and tell me how it compares!

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realanthillkit made it!(author)2011-01-24

Am off to the grocery store right now to get the ingredients...Thanks!
I'm gonna call this my "Pho-mato Soup" recipe. haha

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-25

Great! Let me know how it goes. And a much more creative name than mine :) Thanks for the comment (and vote ;)

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PhilosopheFop made it!(author)2011-01-24

Thanks for a great idea! I love Asian food and tomatoes, but I've never seen them together at a restaurant. I started adding cherry tomatoes to my fried rice, and I'm excited to try your way of combining the flavours :)

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-25

No problem! I love Asian food and tomatoes too! :) I never added tomatoes in my rice...might have to try that. I hope you try out the recipe, you won't be disappointed.

Can I count on your vote in the Homemade Soup Contest? ;) Thanks for such the nice comment!

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EyTommy made it!(author)2011-01-24

I made the soup without the meat, added some green onion, soy sauce, Five-spice powder and Tabasco :) There is no need for defrosting the shrimps. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-25

That looks great! And I definitely like how you mixed up the flavors and made it a bit spicy too. Awesome! And I didn't mention it my post but whenever someone posts a picture of their version, I'll give them a patch so congratulations! :) Haha. Your welcome and thank you for trying my recipe!

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ARJOON made it!(author)2011-01-23

9works3 w9ell w9ith chicken

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-23

Have you tried it? I would love to know how it went.

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ARJOON made it!(author)2011-01-23

the chicken lost it's tas3t but how9ever the s3auce 9wa3s delicious3

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WoundedEgo made it!(author)2011-01-23

The only thing that I would object to in this recipe is the tomato paste. I would recommend just adding either more tomatoes or less water. The paste is just tomatoes with some of the water cooked off.

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-23

You can definitely do that but since tomato paste is more concentrated it adds that extra flavor to the soup and colors it nicely as well.

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musors made it!(author)2011-01-22

I have tried to prepare, it was pleasant to me!!!
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caarntedd made it!(author)2011-01-20

I'm making this.

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jen7714 made it!(author)2011-01-21

Great! I'm glad to hear it :)

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