Winter essential - Asian inspired soup!
Take the bite out of the frosty weather with a comforting bowl of soup to warm the body and soul.
Soups are a popular part of Asian cuisine whether it be for breakfast, as a buddy for the main dish, or as the star of the meal. The possibilities for and varieties of soups are endless, satisfying meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. Whether you go for spicy or mild, simple or complex, soups are a particularly soothing meal option for the winter months.
Why opt for a bowl of Asian inspired soup this winter?
The cold, dark nights are what makes us crave comfort food. But comfort food need not be packed with calories.
Soups are a great way to stay healthy and with Camseng’s Asian inspired soups it is easy to load soups with fibre and vitamin-rich vegetables without compromising on taste.
Miso soup is a great example of a soup brimming with health benefits. Many in Japanese culture believe it to be a one-way ticket to great health.
Fuller for longer
Not only can soups be packed with healthy nutrients and low in calories, but they can also keep you fuller for longer due to the way the body digests food and water.
One of the most popular and filling soups is undoubtedly the Japanese noodle soup, ramen. Make it at home for a healthier dish with lots of noodles, flavourful broth, veggies and soft-set eggs. If you’ve met your ramen quota, try Vietnam’s national dish Pho – a beloved noodle soup with a unique flavour.
Boost your immune system
Our body needs a little helping hand in the colder months when illnesses and colds are common. Asian soups are often filled with ingredients that boost the immune system and protect against viruses. Chinese chicken soup is a go-to for colds and respiratory illnesses, as it can clear nasal passages and help control inflammation.
The real magic soup for health has to be Asian bone broth. Containing lots of minerals and collagen it is the ‘oil’ that keeps your body functioning and is believed to heal many gut-related problems. Liquid gold for a healthy you this winter!
There is a reason why soups are a winter favourite – they’re easy, provide extra hydration due to high water content, and they help keep you warm. Spices such as ginger and chilli actually help heat the body!
For a spicy kick to your internal radiator, fix yourself some Chinese hot and sour soup.
Asian Inspired Soups with Camseng Ingredients
Try these traditional (and super simple!) soup recipes for a quick, winter-warming dish.
15 Minute Wonton Soup
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp sesame oil
4 cups chicken stock
10-14 wontons (chicken, shrimp or vegetarian) (to make your own click here)
1 ½ tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 ½ tbsp Chinese cooking wine
A couple of handfuls of chopped greens (e.g. Bok Choy, baby spinach)
Garnish options: sesame seeds, chilli flakes, sriracha.
1. Sautee the smashed garlic and ginger in oil in a pot over medium heat. Add soy sauce, sugar and cooking wine.
2. Add the broth, cover and bring to boil.
3. Add the wontons and simmer according to package directions. They normally float when cooked through.
4. Drop in the greens, cooking until wilted.
5. Garnish and serve!
10 Minute Chinese Noodle Soup
960ml chicken stock
3 green onions (finely sliced)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
4 leaves Bok Choy (sliced)
1. In a large saucepan, heat the stock and bring to boil.
2. Add the green onions, Bok Choy (or Chinese greens), soy sauces, oyster sauce and the noodles.
3. Reduce the heat and cook according to noodle package instructions. Serve hot and enjoy!
Do you want your winter to get a whole lot better? Click here for Camseng’s must-have soup ingredients!