Onion-Tomato Honey Dates Udon Soup with Supergreens 乌东面蜜枣汤

Without leftover as broth, this vegetarian noodle broth can be easily and quickly made from scratch. Vegetarian broths are easy to concoct from celery, onions, carrots, fennels. But what if there are no celery and carrots? Ahhhh.....tomatoes and onions can do the trick. Mushrooms too, if only I had some, so leave that to next time. How about adding some Red or Honey Dates (Jujube) today.(Buying Tip: Red/Honey Dates is also available in most major Asian supermarket e.g. 99 Ranch, in the dried goods section)

What's your trick for vegetarian broths?

Before starting up the noodle broth, these supergreens were sauteed with garlic and a teeny weeny bit of olive oil in the same pot.

I knew what all the greens were except for Tatsoi.

The supergreens cook super fast - less than 2 mins to wilt slightly and then, set aside to be served with the noodles during serving time.

Onion-Tomato Honey Dates Udon Soup with Supergreens (Chard, Tatsoi, Arugula, Spinach)  乌东面蜜枣汤
In the same pot that cooked the greens, add 1 tbsp finely minced onion,2 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp finely minced ginger, saute quickly just to aromatize (Note: if non-vegetarian, you can add ikan billis-dried boiled anchovies to flavor up the soup), then add 2-3 small serving bowls of water to make up the soup-broth. Add 3-5 red dates for flavor. Allow the mixture to come to a boil then turn down heat to simmer for about 15 mins for flavors to infuse. Salt and ground white pepper to taste. Add udon noodles and simmer for additional 5-8 mins. Serve with already sauteed greens and ready-cooked egg.

A really quick way to cook up something instantly. As you can see, I could not care much about being gentle in the rush of time and so, the udon noodles did not turn out as beautifully long and continuous as they should have been

Sharing this noodle soup with Souper Sunday, and with Hearth and Soul

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