One of my friends on Facebook suggested this soup as something very traditional to Hawaii… And, coincidentally, it was one of the hits of the Hawaiian Vegetarian Festival at the Yoga Center.
It has quite a few ingredients, but it’s not a complicated recipe at all. It’s all about making a very flavorful broth to enjoy with some veggies and noodles. The cellophane noodles are great because they’re made from mung beans and are naturally gluten-free. This might not be traditional, but I suggest you break up the noodles a bit before adding them to the soup… I find that if you leave them whole, they’re a hassle to serve and eat. Don’t kill the messenger, but I also like shorter noodles of pasta… (ducks head in protection of potential tomatoes thrown her way).
I guess you could use only vegetable stock and avoid the hassle of boiling vegetables for the stock… but I like the idea and flavor the fresh veggies give to the stock. And the ginger needs some time to infuse its flavor into it too. Don’t be afraid at the amount of stock this needs… this recipe will serve about 10-12 people. You’ll need more stock than you’ll think you’ll need because the noodles soak up some and people will go back for seconds. Mark my words…
VEGAN LONGRICE SOUP
4 cups water
1 quart vegetable stock
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 large onion, quartered
6 cremini mushrooms, halved
2 bell peppers, seeded and halved or quartered
4 garlic cloves, smashed
Half of a bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley
A 6-inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 large carrots, grated coarsely
1 bunch of watercress leaves
2 packages of cellophane noodles
A bunch of scallions, sliced thinly
Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted Sesame Oil, optional
Toasted Sesame Seeds, optional
- In a large stock pot, add the water, vegetable stock, bouillon cubes, onion, mushrooms, peppers, garlic cloves, parsley and ginger. Cover pot and bring stock to a boil and lower heat to medium to simmer for about 30-45 minutes for the veggies to release their flavors. After the stock is done, turn off the heat.
- Remove the cooked pieces of onion, parsley, pepper, ginger and any loose garlic cloves you can find. The mushrooms will be so small that you can leave them in.
- Add the shredded carrot and the cellophane noodles. Move the noodles around so they hydrate and loosen up.
- Add the watercress leaves and sliced scallions. It will stay warm for about 1-2 hours. Garnish with extra scallions, toasted sesame seeds and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, optional.