Below is my recipe for Pork, Bok Choy and Mushroom noodle soup, similar to the one I made after the Chinese New Year Dumpling Party. The broth turned out fine, though it would have been tastier had I been more patient making the stock, or perhaps spiked it with bouillon.
The sad part is that I made a huge pot of it, only to find that the noodles I bought were TERRIBLE. I had never gotten this particular brand before, but I should’ve known by how cheap they were ($2.99 for 5 pounds). They went from undercooked to overcooked, never stopping at al dente. This is what I call, “Noodle FAIL.” However, I still have faith in my recipe, so that’s why I’m sharing it.
3 Qt water
1/4 cup rice wine
2 inch ginger, sliced
1 lb pork chops, bone in
~10 shittake mushrooms*, sliced
1 head bok choy, sliced into 2-inch sections
1 lb noodle (I like the shandong/flour variety)
1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce (optional)
salt, to taste
1 tsp white pepper (optional)
1/4 cup soy sauce, or to taste
1. Combine pork chops, rice wine, ginger, and water in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to medium/low. As stock simmers, skim the fat/floaty stuff into a separate bowl (to dispose of later). Simmer for at least 30 minutes (though the longer you simmer, the better). Add salt and soy sauce.
2. After pork chops are cooked, remove them from broth. After the pork chops have cooled, slice the pork into 2 inch thin pieces. Put the pork (and bones, if desired) back into the stock pot. Add the shittake mushrooms and bok choy. Cook until mushrooms and bok choy are done (approximately 10-15 minutes).
3. In a separate large pot, cook the noodles according to the instructions. Drain and set aside.
4. Add desired seasoning to soup, such as chili garlic sauce or white pepper.
5. Combine noodles and soup right before serving in individual bowls, to avoid overcooking the noodles.
*Note about shittake mushrooms: I have a large bag of dried shittake mushrooms that I bought from 99 Ranch. They aren’t as good as fresh ones, but they are really handy and much cheaper. It’s easy to reconsitute them. All you have to do is submerge them in boiling hot water, and wait about 20-30 minutes. Cut off the stems and then they’re good to go!