Seaweed, Tomato and Loofah(Luffa) Noodle Soup

The only good aspect I can remember of seaweed is its high iodine content. Apparently, not just that. This sea vegetable has superb wealth of mineral elements from the sea - these mineral macro- and micro- nutrients include sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride and manganese.. What a mouthful! But a mouthful of goodness. Seaweed also contains Vitamins B1、B2、B12 and C. Hey, I am having more of this, definitely.

Seaweed (or Nori) is 紫菜 (ZiCai in Mandarin, literally meaning Purple Vegetable) and how appropriate this is since it is classified a red algae. Another seaweed we are familiar with is kelp (or wakame) and classified as a form of brown algae. Wakame is good in soups and so is nori seaweed like this.

A combination of Luffa (Loofah) which also contains group B Vitamins, and Vitamin C; Tomato - another of my favorite ingredient which contains fat-soluble lycopene, a power antioxidant and Seaweed...

makes my entry for Presto Pasta Nights this week for Ruth at Once Upon a Feast. This event welcomes any noodle dish and recipe, so join us.

Noodle Soup with Seaweed, Loofah and Tomato
Ingredients: Marrow Squash (or Luffa, Loofah), peeled and sliced across the length; 1 tomato, cut into bite size; dried seaweed; salt and white pepper to taste; drizzle of sesame oil; cooked somen noodles

Directions: In a pot, add a little sesame oil and fry at low heat to soften the tomatoes. Add in marrow squash and mix well. Add water (soup amount) and allow mixture to simmer till marrow squash just cooks through. Add in seaweed and stir gently. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Before serving, drizzle some sesame oil. Ladle soup over cooked somen noodles and enjoy when warm.

If you enjoy simple comfort, here you are. This dish is suitable for pure vegetarians who cannot eat eggs. Feel like a little more luxury today? Gently stir in a whisked egg to the soup, just before serving. An egg can be a luxury sometimes.

Slurp up the noodles and the soup. It is all goodness.

Noodle Soup With Seaweed, Loofah and Tomato

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