THAI PEANUT RAMEN
4 cups (1 L) no-salt-added chicken stock
1 x 14 oz (398 ml) can coconut milk
¼ cup (60 ml) low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) fish sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) honey
ƒ cup (75 ml) creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp (45 ml) Thai red curry paste
8 oz (250 g) cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
12 oz (340 g) ramen or egg noodles
3 cups (750 ml) baby spinach
2 tbsp (30 ml) roughly chopped Thai basil leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml) roughly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
3 small radishes, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
ƒ cup (75 ml) chopped peanuts
2 red Thai chilies, finely sliced (optional)
toasted sesame oil, to serve
lime wedges, to serve
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 strips bacon, chicken stock, coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, peanut butter and curry paste. Bring to a simmer. Add mushrooms, peppers, ginger and garlic. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until mushrooms and peppers have softened.
- Remove bacon and pat dry. In a lightly oiled large frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon in batches (including bacon removed from soup) until well browned, about 5 minutes. Cut each strip in half widthwise and set aside until ready to serve.
- Cook noodles according to package instructions. Divide between serving bowls.
- Stir spinach, basil and cilantro into soup before ladling over noodles. Garnish each bowl with radish, green onion, peanuts, chilies (if using) and reserved bacon. Serve with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and lime wedges.