Spicy Noodle Soup
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Meat: Scraps of chicken, pork or beef can be dropped straight in, or crisped in a frying pan first – in which case seasoning them with a little chopped garlic and chilli, and a pinch of salt, will add to their impact.
Fish: Add flakes of cooked fish, or small slices of raw fish that will cook through in just a minute or two. You can use fish stock (as above) if you’re going to add fish, but it’s not vital.
Eggs: Make a simple thin two-egg omelette, seasoned with pepper or a pinch of dried chilli flakes and a dash of soy sauce. Cook until firm, leave to cool then cut into 1–2cm strips.
Tofu: Cut 100g tofu into small cubes and fry until golden and crisp. Finish with toasted sesame seeds and a trickle of toasted sesame oil.
Spicy coconut noodle soup: Just replace 400ml of the stock with a 400ml tin of coconut milk. Add any of the above extras and finish with extra lemon or lime juice to cut the richness.
River Cottage Good Comfort by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Published by Bloomsbury on 15 September 2022 (£27.00 RRP, Hardback)
Photography © Simon Wheeler
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