Asian style Coriander Soup

Asian style Coriander Soup

Asian style Coriander & Pork Meatball Noodle Soup

1 hourIt will take

Recipe byCatherine Fulvio

This is a great energizing wholesome meal in one packed with great flavour. With the star of the show being the delicious aromatic coriander.
Asian style Coriander Soup


  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 300g lean minced pork
  • 60g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1½ tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the soup:
  • 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 50g fine rice noodles
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, sliced into julienne
  • 3 spring onions, sliced diagonally
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1.2 litres vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. nam pla (fish sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Rapeseed oil

Print this recipePreparation

  • To make the meatballs, combine the pork mince, spring onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, mustard, oyster sauce, coriander, beaten egg, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.

  • Test the seasoning by frying a very small piece of the mixture and check the seasoning then adjust the main mixture if required. Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 20 mini meatballs.

  • Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add some oil and sauté the meatballs for about 6 to 7 minutes, until cooked through and set aside on a clean plate.

  • Add the spring onions, carrots and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, add the soy sauce and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Add the noodles and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the coriander leaves and season with the nam pla (adding more as required to season). You may need to add a little more. Add the meatballs to the soup and ensure that they are heated through.

  • Divide the noodles between 4 soup bowls and ladle in the soup and meatballs on top. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Tip: Stir in a good handful of baby spinach leaves for added vitamins and taste.

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