Himalayan Ginger-Garlic Noodle Soup

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Introduction: Himalayan Ginger-Garlic Noodle Soup

About: Thanks for stopping by! I'm Nir, and I'm a currently getting my PhD in physics. On my free time I enjoy building stuff :) Some of my upcoming projects - mold making for baking (3D printed), a rainbow night lig…

This soup is more than just soup. It's an entire meal packed into one hot bowl. This soup is 100% natural, it has lot of proteins, fresh vegetables and rice noodles. Everything you need in one delicious sip.

To be honest, I'm not sure it's traditional Nepalese food, but while trekking some of the Everest Base Camp trek they served this type of soup everywhere. Locals even said that the garlic helps your body adjust to the high altitudes and reliefs altitude sickness. Nepalese people are mostly poor, so while I put plenty of meat in this soup, they use bits of beef / chicken and mostly vegetables.

This is by far my favorite meal and I really hope you try it too!

If you like my instructable, you're more than welcome to see my other instructables too :)

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:

1) Chili Peppers - one should do.

2) Ginger root (a large piece!).

3) Fresh garlic (~6 cloves).

4) Cherry tomatoes (6-8 units).

5) An onion (1-2).

6) Potatoes (1-2 large ones).

7) Green onions.

8) Beef (200-500grams of your favorite kind - I used minute steaks).

9) Rice noodles.

10) Salt & cooking oil.

Step 2: T - 90minutes : Initiate Cooking

In a large pot (~5 liters or so), fry beef (sliced into edible chunks) in oil. Add a rep hot chilly pepper (one should make the soup pretty spicy). Peel off the ginger root, and add plenty. There is no such thing as too much ginger! I use about 100grams or so.

Tip - slice the ginger root in a distinctive way. Most people don't like to bite them, and they look a lot like potatoes once cooked. Another option would be to take the ginger out of the pot once the soup is ready.

Step 3: T - 85minutes : Prepare for Boiling

Add the onion (not the green onion!), potatoes and salt. Add boiling water (about 3 liters or so).

Wait only everything is boiling nicely and cover the pot.

Let the pot boil for about 80 minutes.

Tip - potatoes are especially important in soups since they make them thicker and enhance the soups' flavors.

Step 4: T - 7minutes : Add Fresh Garlic

You want the garlic to stay fresh when your soup is ready. This is why we waited so long before adding it. Press the garlic or chop into small bits, and add to the soup. About 6 garlic cloves should be enough.

Step 5: T - 5minutes : Add Fresh Cherry-Tomatoes

Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves. Add to the soup. You don't want to cook them, just to make them hot. In 2 minutes or so your soup is ready.

Step 6: T - 3minutes : Pour the Soup!

Rice noodles require about 2-3 minutes in boiling water to cook. You can cook them in the pot, but I prefer to cook them in the serving bowl. Just place the rice noodles in a bowl and pour soup over them.

Step 7: Time to Eat!

That's it! Add some green onion and serve while it's hot!

Enjoy!

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    22 Comments

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    dantiel
    dantiel

    1 year ago on Step 7

    very good soup! i didn't have rice noodles and spring onion so i combined it with kimchi instant ramen in the end.

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    That sounds great! :) Thanks for taking the time to comment! So glad you enjoyed the soup:)

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    CamilaB8
    CamilaB8

    1 year ago

    Was delicious! I just had to remove the chilly, cuz I can't have it. Thank you for sharing! I will be repeating it for sure!

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for the comment! It's not trivial to me that people spend the time to comment and share their experience. It makes sharing on the site so much better!
    So glad you liked it!! :) And it's great to know that I can make a non-spicy version too. Thanks!

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    dkistner
    dkistner

    Question 1 year ago on Step 3

    How many people would this recipe serve? I need number of servings to add to My Fitness Pal.

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    NirL
    NirL

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi! Thanks for the question.
    I think it should be enough for 4-5 bowls. It would serve a different number of people depending on the amount of meat and rice noodles you decide to serve. I serve about 50 grams of meat and 50gram of rice noodles. That's enough for most people, but some are more hungry than others :)
    Maybe calculate the calories in each of the ingredients? that might help!

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    jrial
    jrial

    Reply 1 year ago

    Only 4-5 bowls would be for that recipe with half the ingredients. A regular bowl is about 0.3l, about 1 cup. You already have 3l of water, which is a bit over 10.5 cups. And at least a cup's worth of ingredients, as in net (water-displaced) volume.

    When I made this, I had to use a little less water because my pot wasn't big enough. With 2.8l of water, and filling my bowls to the brim, I counted 10 bowls. Filling them to a more reasonable level and going with the full 3l of water, this would easily make 11-12 bowls of soup. So assuming it's a hit, and everyone takes seconds, this recipe would easily feed 5-6 people.

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks a lot for the update!:) I boil mine for a while so the water level slowly drops over time, but like any recipe - the number of servings is something a bit fluid I guess:)
    Glad you made the soup and I really hope you enjoyed it!!

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    jrial
    jrial

    Reply 1 year ago

    Certainly did. This recipe is a keeper. :)

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    dkistner
    dkistner

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for answering! Very helpful.

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    maslo
    maslo

    1 year ago

    Thumbs up for the timing of the individual steps! :-)

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! Timing absolutely crucial for this soup :) hope you try it!

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    gen81465
    gen81465

    1 year ago

    As a diabetic, I had to make a couple changes. Turnips (or rutabagas) make a good substitute for potatoes and have 1/3 to 1/4 of the carbs. Also, I substitute shirataki noodles for the rice noodles as a low-carb alternative. The soup is great though, and is very filling, even with little meat in it.

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    jrial
    jrial

    Reply 1 year ago

    As a fellow diabetic: thanks, good to know. :)

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    So glad you made it! :) And thanks a ton for the tips! I think I'll try those myself!

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    NirL
    NirL

    Answer 1 year ago

    Sorry for not listing it in the ingredients! I added salt in step 3.
    I will add salt and oil to the list of ingredients :)

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    laughingcat13
    laughingcat13

    Reply 1 year ago

    Great!! Thank you!

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    rozzieozzie
    rozzieozzie

    1 year ago

    There's nothing like a bowl of hot soup in the winter, and this recipe looks easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    NirL
    NirL

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! :)