This one-pot recipe for Quick & Easy Chinese Noodle Soup makes a super simple, aromatic broth that’s packed with noodles and Asian flavor.
Guess how long it takes to make this soup. Come on, guess. Ok, I’ll tell you – 10 Minutes – Yep, 10! Homemade, delicious soup in no time at all – You are welcome! 🙂
The soup tastes authentic even though it calls for use of store-bought ingredients. And at only 236 calories for a generous bowl, it’s a lot healthier than you get in restaurants.
This Chinese Noodle Soup is perfect for busy weeknights because it’s so quick and simple and you can toss in any meat or vegetables you want.
Why This Recipe Works
- The use of fresh ingredients makes it so much healthier than instant noodle soups that are loaded with unnatural ingredients.
- The Asian flavors of the soy sauce and oyster sauce give it a rich authentic taste.
- It cooks all in one pot, making it not only simple, but it flavors the noodles as they cook.
Once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to the packaged soups again! Chinese cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to make.
I know how easy it is to rip open a package of Ramon noodles to have a quick meal, but I’m telling you there really isn’t a need.
What Noodles To Use
The beauty of this recipe is you can use anything from Ramon (throw away the seasoning packet) to egg noodles.
Just read the package instructions and adjust the recipe accordingly – It’s that easy!
This wholesome noodle soup is low fat, healthy and packed full of tasty ingredients. So, don’t let a lack of time ruin a meal, this speedy recipe is easy to whip up at the last minute.
I’ve created these recipes because I have cookbook after cookbook filled with pages of lovely looking Chinese noodle soups that quite often come with complicated directions.
My versions are not only quick and easy, but they are delicious too! The best part is that they are made from fresh, simple ingredients and there’s no packet of powder to be found.
If you make this soup (or any of my others), you’ll never make the instant kind again!
Step By Step Instructions
In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Add the green onions.
Add the Bok Choy or Chinese greens.
Add light & Dark soy sauce.
Add the oyster sauce.
Add the noodles right into the soup.
Follow the instructions on your noodle’s package for the cooking time.
Once cooked, serve and enjoy!
Cooking the noodles Separately
- If you are concerned that your noodles might suck up too much of the soup, just cook them separately (according to the package instructions), add them to the bowl and cover with the soup.
On Making your own stock
This recipe tastes best with homemade stock. I highly recommend making your own and storing it in the freezer.
- Combine the beef or poultry bones, 1 large onion (with skin), 1 carrot, 2 celery stalks, a couple of bay leaves, salt, and pepper in a large stockpot. Cover by about 2 inches of cold water.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 to 4 hours, skimming off and discarding foam occasionally.
- Strain stock through a fine sieve into a large bowl and discard solids. Cool stock to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Skim solidified fat from surface, discard the fat and freeze in portions in an airtight container for up to 3 months
- Meaty variation: Add leftover, cooked meats at the end to make it more of a complete meal.
- Seafood variation: Add some raw shrimp during the last minute or so of the cooking process. Once they turn pink, they’re ready to serve.
- Vegetarian Variation: Use vegetable stock and the vegetables of your choice. Cooking the vegetables separately is recommended so you control the firmness of the vegetables instead of overcooking them in the soup.
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Let’s Make Quick and Easy Chinese Noodle Soup
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3 green onions finely sliced into rounds
- 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
- 1 tablespoon low sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon low sodium dark Soy Sauce (this can be held until the end and added if needed by taste).
- 4 oz Dried Chinese noodles of your choice
- 4 leaves Bok Choy/pak choi sliced
- In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Add the green onions, Bok Choy or Chinese greens, soy sauces, oyster sauce & the noodles.
- Reduce the heat and cook according to noodle package instructions (just until tender). Serve hot
Tips + Notes
- Cooking the noodles separate: If you are concerned that your noodles might suck up too much of the soup, just cook them separately (according to the package instructions), add them to the bowl and cover with the soup.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in April of 2014, but was republished with an updated recipe, new photos, step by step instructions, tips, and a video in August of 2018.