Dinner tonight was a super quick and easy soup. I am dubbing it "handful soup" because it is assembled from handfuls of ingredients; no measurements, no fuss.
1 handful of dried mushrooms
1 handful of frozen peas
1 handful of snow peas torn in to pieces
1 handful of rice stick noodles
1 mushroom (or beef will do) stock cube
about 2 cups of water
1/2 a star anise
In a saucepan, bring the water to the boil. Add the dried mushrooms and star anise and simmer for about 15 minutes until the mushrooms are rehydrated and tender. Add the stock cube, rice stick, frozen peas and bring back to the boil.
After about 3 minutes (when the rice stick has softened), add the snow peas and turn off the heat. Allow to sit for a minute, and serve. Easy eh?
The star anise is the real secret to making this soup fragrant and irresistibly delicious.