by Jen L.
(New York, USA)
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 above) 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.
You will need:
1 package of vermicelli (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
1 pound of shrimp
3 slices of ginger
2 ounces of dried shrimp (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 (such as basil, green onion, garlic)
Cut up your
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