I had a (mostly) wonderful experience in Cambodia with hot pot, where the table was set with one bowl of chicken stock and one of hot water for the vegetarians and vegans in the group. Until, that is, the well-meaning host dropped egg noodles and meat tidbits into the hot water! Well, with this homemade version, you don't have to worry about any cross-contamination. The preparation is also simplified for an American kitchen, cooked over the stove in one pot and then served in individual portions. The method might be different, but the same great flavors are there.
If you're not up for the heat from the serrano chile, seed it first. If you like your food fiery, use 2 serranos.
Do all your veggie prep in advance - this recipe moves quickly.
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
- 1 tablespoon peeled and matchstick-cut fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 thinly sliced serrano chile
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 and 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps
- 1/2 cup (1/4-inch thick) diagonally cut carrot
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
- 1 pound firm tofu
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup (1-inch) sliced green onion
- 2 cups hot cooked jasmine rice
- 4 lime wedges
2. Add the cabbage, shiitake, and carrot; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Stir in the water, soy sauce, sea salt, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil.
4. Drain the tofu and cut into 1-inch cubes. Add to the pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch thick wedges. Add to the pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the basil and green onions.
6. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. Place 1/2 cup hot rice in each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 2 cups soup and 1 lime wedge.
4 servings (2 cups soup, 1/2 cup rice, 1 lime wedge), Calories 407