Fresh Asian wheat noodles come in lots of styles, shapes, and packages. Most will work fine for this recipe, but if you use noodles that are heavily dusted in flour, you might want to give them a quick dunk in hot water before adding them to the pot so the flour doesn't thicken the broth.
1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
About 1 tbsp. Thai or other Asian sweet chili sauce
1 pkg. (14 oz.) extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
12 ounces fresh ramen noodles or fresh Chinese wheat noodles*
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups spinach leaves
How to Make It
Combine broth, 2 cups water, the ginger, garlic, and 3 tbsp. soy sauce in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook 10 minutes.
Mix the remaining 1 tbsp. soy sauce and 1 tbsp. chili sauce in a small bowl; set mixture aside.
Cut tofu crosswise into 8 slabs, each 1/2 in. thick. Heat oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Cook tofu, turning once, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; pour soy-chili mixture over tofu and turn gently to coat.
Add noodles and carrots to broth and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook just until wilted. Ladle noodles, broth, and vegetables into bowls and top each with 2 slabs of tofu. Drizzle tofu with more chili sauce if you like.
*Available refrigerated at well-stocked grocery stores and Asian markets.
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Great -- easy to veganize (why on earth would a veg dish call for chicken broth in the first place?) and augment. We prefer silken tofu cubes and adding more veg to the soup (carrot and spinach just aren't enough). Surprisingly rich tasting considering how simple and quick it is to prepare.
Amazingly enough, I had all of the ingredients for this soup in my house and it came together in under 30 minutes. The flavor was good and had more depth than I would have expected from so few ingredients. I added extra sweet chili sauce to mine as well as a scoop of the chili glaze - yum! For my non-tofu loving husband I cooked a chicken breast, topped it with the glaze and put the slices on top of the bowl. He had thirds. Next time I think I'll add some green onions and whatever vegetables I have hanging out in the refrigerator. This was an excellent and versatile soup.