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Asian Turkey Noodle Soup with Bok Choy

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 119

Borrowed from Chinese immigrants, this simple dish is a classic comfort food in Hawaii, where it’s known as “long rice.” Despite the name, there’s no rice here; the slippery, transparent noodles are made from mung beans, though you can swap in rice vermicelli. This recipe is a great use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

  • 4 oz. thin uncooked glass noodles
  • 4 cups lower-salt chicken or turkey broth
  • 3 large cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 2-inch-long piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, slices mashed
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. soy sauce; more for serving
  • 1 medium head bok choy (about 8 oz.), sliced 1/4-inch thick crosswise (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups coarsely shredded cooked turkey or chicken
  • 2 scallions, both white and green parts, thinly sliced

Put the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water; let soak while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a 3-quart saucepan, bring the broth, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and continue to simmer for 10 minutes; remove and discard the garlic and ginger.

Add the glass noodles to the broth and cook until nearly transparent (you should see only a tiny thread of white in the center of each noodle), about 4 minutes. Using tongs, distribute the noodles among 4 bowls.

Add the bok choy to the broth and cook, uncovered, just until the white parts start to become tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a hand-held strainer or slotted spoon, remove the bok choy and distribute among the bowls.

Add the turkey to the broth and simmer just until heated through, about 30 seconds. Distribute the turkey and broth among the bowls. Top with the scallions and serve with more soy sauce on the side.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 270; Fat (g): fat g 5; Fat Calories (kcal): 45; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1.5; Protein (g): protein g 27; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 30; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 650; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 55; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great Asian soup! I added sliced jalapeño for a kick. And garnished it with bean sprouts, cilantro! Yum! Great flavor! I will make this again, so much for going out to buy Pho!

5-star for flavor. Recipe is a bit fussy. First, noodles should be softened in very hot water for about 5 minutes. Using a wok at high heat, a lot of effort can be trimmed down. Stir fry ginger & garlic. I added julienned carrots for color. Then the ribs of the bok choy, then the greens, and 3 splashes of soy sauce (I use grain-free lower sodium tamari), giving each ingredient a 1-minute stir fry before addition of the next. Add turkey meat - stir fry for 1 min. Add the drained softened noodles, and the broth. Bring to a boil - done. After the mise en place, total cook time was about 8 minutes.

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