Umami Mushroom Noodle Soup
Have you heard of Umami? You’re probably familiar with the other 4 taste senses (sweet, bitter, sour, and salty) but did you know about the 5th one Umami? Umami is a savoury taste, that gives food “depth of flavour”.
Interestingly our taste buds (& the way our brain interprets the chemical messaging from them) change throughout our lives! Ever wonder why kids generally love sugar, & usually have an aversion to bitterness? From a biological standpoint (disregarding psychology & marketing factors) kids are drawn to & crave sugar because it’s the easiest energy source for growth, & rapidly used by their brain & central nervous system. While bitter can be an indication of toxic, “off” foods & specific poisonous plants that should be avoided, and as we age, these chemical systems change!
This Umami based noodle soup is delicious for the whole family- we hope you try it
- 4 sprigs of spring onions, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 cups mixed mushrooms, sliced
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated
- 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy) sauce
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 6 cups of hot water
- 4 heaped teaspoons Urban Forager Umami Broth Concentrate
- 1/2 packet of rice noodles
- 1/2 bunch of bok choy, sliced into long stripes
- 1/2 bunch of broccolini, sliced into long stripes
- Chilli Sauce, & coriander to serve
- Saute the white ends of the spring onions & crushed garlic with the olive oil in a medium sauce pan for one minute.
- Add 3/4s of the mushrooms, cook for a few more minutes to unlock the flavour.
- Meanwhile mix the ginger, tamari, & maple in a seperate bowl.
- Add this, followed by the water and broth concentrate to the pan. Bring to the boil.
- Add bok choy, and broccolini & cook for a few minutes. In a seperate pot cook your noodles in accordance to their packet directions.
- Once cooked add to the soup. Transfer to serving bowls and stir through remainder of the mushrooms, sliced green ends of the spring onions, top with coriander & chilli if desired. Enjoy!
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