Fragrant Clear Soup with Glass Noodles and Tofu




Fragrant Clear Soup with Glass Noodles and Tofu


I was craving for something really soothing, simple this evening. I was out the whole day and generally past few days have been quite busy. So I didn’t really want to spend too much time in the kitchen and wanted to whip up something quick. On days like this I usually prefer soups with some sought of noodle, pasta or rice. The beauty of a one pot meal is that it’s easy to make and filling!

I looked in my pantry and found a pack of glass noodles which I had bought a couple of weeks ago. I have a weakness for all things Asian J I usually store many different noodles, sauces and dry spices which I believe can make a huge difference to my simple recipes. I also had some fresh herbs like lemon grass and lemon basil and a packet of tofu in my refrigerator. I immediately knew what I wanted to make. A big bowl full of clear soup with tofu and glass noodles!!

The soup is light and beautifully fragrant. It is completely oil free and has a perfect balance of signature Thai flavors, sweet, sour and spicy!



Fresh herbs and spices



Thai Glass Noodle






Herbs ready to infuse their aroma into water



Fresh Tofu cubes



Glass noodles in warm water



Fragrant Clear Soup with Glass Noodles and Tofu


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  • Lemon grass
  • Lemon basil
  • Coriander
  • Thai long red chili
  • Ginger
  • Tofu
  • Tomato
  • Glass noodles
  • Lemon juice
  • Light soy sauce
  • Sugar

Soak your glass noodles in warm water till it softens.

Add water to a sauce pan. Add lemon grass, lemon basil and coriander leaves and ginger to it. Turn on your heat to medium high, and bring to a boil. Simmer the herbs for 5 minutes, to release the flavors. The color of the water should be light green when it’s ready.

Discard all the herbs, reserving only the fragrant broth. Add the glass noodles, tofu, tomato, red chili and bring it to a boil again. Let it simmer till the tomato softens.

Turn off the heat and add sugar, soy sauce and fresh lemon juice. Taste to make sure the flavor is right… It should be sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time.

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  • don

    which store did you get these from?
    Lemon grass
    Lemon basil
    Thai long red chili
    Glass noodles
    Light soy sauce

    • Chinmayie

      I bought all the herbs from ‘Namdhari Fresh’. They don’t always have stock though… I had to go 4 times to get some fresh lemon grass! It would be easier to just grow your own which I am planning to do soon!
      For the Glass Noodles and Soy Sauce – There is a ‘More’ in Forum mall Koramangala (ground floor, opposite to KFC) which has a little Asian corner. They usually have many noodle varieties, jasmine rice, sticky rice, different sauces and some dried herbs and oyster mushrooms. I always go there.

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