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Golden Spiced Noodle Soup

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

Today we are having what they call a "monsoon". It is just more wind, rain and dampness. It is the perfect day for a hot steamy fragrant bowl of soothing and delicious turmeric and saffron soup with lots of ginger, garlic, rice noodles and bok choy.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

When it is damp outside my body craves to be nurtured and loved. Turmeric and saffron soup is like getting a big warm hug from your mom. The soup is fragrant like mom's apron after a day of baking. The soup noodles are soft and silky like your mom's skin. The soups broth is like getting gentle pat or rub on the back as it soothes all your worries away. Hugs from mom's can never be replaced. However when you need a hug to get you through the day, this is the very closest you can get to the real deal.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

Turmeric has a beautiful golden color and also has many health benefits. Turmeric can ward off Alzheimer's disease, cancer prevention, reduces the risks of heart attacks and strokes, combats inflammatory diseases, helps fight off cold and flu, helps indigestion and weight loss and also helps diabetics. I think that is at least 7 good reasons to add it to my soup. Turmeric is a warm and aromatic spice with slight bitter undertones and is also used extensively in Southeast Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisines.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

I purchased my turmeric in Thailand. There are many different types of dried turmeric. Alleppey turmeric is darker in color due to a higher portion of curcumin (turmeric’s coloring agent) and is noted for its fine flavor and earthy aroma with delicate notes of lemon and mint. There is also fresh turmeric and I use that often as well.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

The most important thing to note is to keep the turmeric off your hands, clothes and counter tops. Unless you want an unusual yellow tied dyed shirt, you should really take note to this warning. If grating fresh turmeric, wear gloves or you will look like you're a 5 pack a day heavy smoker with nicotine stains on your finger tips. However, this beautiful yellow color is what makes this spice a colorful addition to your cooking.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

The UK has all kinds of descriptive words for rain such as damp, drizzling, moisture and more creative climate adjectives such as "pissing rain". If you have rain these many days those poor TV weather hosts in the UK must know every synonym there is for that wet stuff.

In Hong Kong, we also have damp and wet days and they us adjectives like monsoons, typhoons, black thunderstorms, and amber thunderstorms.

In the US, we have some strange words for when the rain is too cold to be wet and too wet to be snow and we call it sleet.

Whatever country your living in, mother nature is sure to be sending some nasty weather your way. There is only one way to thaw from the inside out and that is a with a loving hot bowl of fragrant turmeric and saffron noodle soup.

Golden Spiced Noodle soup

I started out frying up a few scallions, garlic and ginger in a pot. I added my turmeric powder, a couple of saffron threads and added in my vegetable broth, rice noodles and bok choy and a few other spices. I think some tofu or an additional egg might be quite nice in here too, if you happen to have any on hand. In less than 10 minutes, I had a rich beautiful nourishing soup.

Rice noodles expand when they cook and emit a little rice flour into the soup broth for a nice thick and rich consistency broth. Rice noodles always come in these packages with 2-4 bunches of noodles in a pack. You must take the whole bunch of noodles as you cannot separate them without making the world biggest mess. With this in mind you will have to add enough broth to cover the noodles and then a bit extra. Rice noodles cook really fast in about 2 minutes and are gluten-free, egg free and lactose free.




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Golden Spiced Noodle Soup

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October 2, 2013

Hot steamy fragrant bowl of soothing and delicious tumeric and saffron soup with lots of ginger, garlic, rice noodles and bok choy.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


canola oil - 1 teaspoon

shallots - 2-3 chopped

garlic - 1 clove crushed and chopped

ginger - 1 teaspoon grated fresh

turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon ground

saffron - 1/8 teaspoon

vegetable broth (or chicken broth) - 6 cups

rice noodles - 1 bunch Thai thin Pad Thai noodles

salt and pepper - to taste (white or black pepper)

bok choy - 1 cup whole leaves

tofu - optional

egg - optional


1Place canola oil or light flavored oil into pot. On a medium-high heat add your shallots, garlic, ginger and ground turmeric  and cook until lightly aromatic.

2Add your gluten free vegetable broth or chicken broth to the pan, saffron threads, and salt and pepper to taste. (I added black pepper as I was out of white pepper) Bring to a gentle boil. Add your rice noodles. Do not over cook as they only take a minute or two and then they will be aldente. Your rice noodles will absorb the broth and expand so adjust amount of broth to the amount of noodles added depending on your package size)

3Add your bok choy, and any other items you like such as tofu or egg. (If you choose to add an egg you can do this 3 ways. You can add the beaten egg at the end so your broth is thick and rich. You can add it whole at the end and make like a poached egg or maybe you want to fry your egg separately and add on the top at the end.

4Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve your golden spiced noodle soup hot and steamy and enjoy the therapeutic effects.

  • Eha

    Oh, oh!! Am just off to lunch and suddenly my Tuscan steak and salad do not appeal at all! That soup looks fabulous and I can taste it all the way to Australia 🙂 ! Got all my favourite soul foodie things in it! I use an awful lot of turmeric [and have ‘coloured’ more than one item, especially kitchen towels, with it!] but am so jealous that you can buy such quality so easily: you should see what Alleppey costs at Herbie’s in Sydney!! And it is 2 October – surely the monsoon should have stopped by now . . . all the best . . .

  • kitchenriffs

    Sigh, I know too well how turmeric can stain things! 😉 I’ve used only the dry, never the fresh – I should look around and see if I can find a source for fresh. Anyway, this soup has gorgeous color, and I’ll bet the flavor is magnificent. Really a nice recipe – great for rainy fall days. Good stuff – thanks.

  • It’s been bone-chilling cold here, no rain, but cold and we’ve had crazy wind, Bam! I can see myself enjoying a bowl of this soon!! I love the color and the turmeric must smell heavenly! Stay warm and have a bowl of soup, I can get with that program! xx

  • This sounds great–I love making soup in the fall!

  • Congee is my go-to comfort food but your photos just may change my mind the next time ! I never would have thought to make stock with turmeric and saffron. Loooovely dish.

  • Looks amazing – and you should see the rain we are having here! Perfect soup!

  • This is the perfect soup for cold weather! I love the color, the spices and the bok choy! What a delicious soup!

  • That really is a comforting bowl of soup. I think my love of rain started in the UK, growing up in the damp and cold, I love cold weather and that’s what’s headed to CO this weekend. I better get to the Asian market for done rice noodles! This soup is what we need this weekend.


  • Buona notte, BAM! This is one appetizing bowl of soup that you’ve served us. “Golden” is right! There’s really nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to remove the chill from one’s bones and, with Fall already here, this is soup time. I’ve not use turmeric nor saffron in soup before but you certainly have given me the urge to give it a try. Thanks, BAM, and have a great week!

  • They look delicious!

  • I just love your description of this Bam, beautifully written. I feel like I am enveloped in a mothers hug. 🙂
    I do hope your horrid weather passes soon – if not I see a lot more of this beautiful golden spiced noodle soup in your future.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • Love the spices in this noodles, definitely good for a cold day.

  • I have to eat 2 minute noodles now, I wish I could make this asap, it looks gorgeous 😀


  • Your noodle soup post makes me think of the vegan street food in Phuket Vegetarian Festival – they would turn their foods yellow no matter what, that also means tofu!

  • I’ve been lining up so many soup and stew recipes for the fall and this is a perfect addition. Unique and beautiful and I can almost taste it already! Love it, BAM!

  • Jo

    MMMmmm, looks almost too good to eat….ALMOST! 😉 xo

  • That soup does look like just what the doctor ordered – I think I need to have some on hand. I just found out what you mean about the turmeric though – I’d never used it before & when I looked at my hands I thought I’d developed some weird skin disease. The price of saffron here is unbelievable – I wonder if you get a better price on it in Hong Kong, but the last little bit that I bought was like buying a brick of gold.

  • I am waiting for cold weather so that I could enjoy your soup recipe! Here in California, when we have “monsoonal” weather, it usually means hot and humid … rain in some areas … not exactly the same as Hong Kong 😉

  • Your beautiful bowl of soup is making me very hungry. Love the golden/yellow color of the noodles and soup. Enjoying gorgeous fall weather in New York, could use some rain though. Glad to learn that you and your family were not affected by typhoon Usagi.

  • I started adding turmeric to everything since I learned it was so good for me! I agree, noodles in broth are one of the most comforting things to eat. And don’t get me started on the unpredictable weather… Lovely soup for a rainy day!

  • Lovely looking soup BAM. I cooked a risotto Milanese the other evening. The risotto should be flavoured and coloured with saffron. I did sneak in some turmeric to heighten the colour a bit too. It was delicious, so I know how your lovely bowl of noodles tasted.
    Don’t tell on me!

  • Funny you should say about turmeric as I am typing with hands all stained in turmeric after I rubbed a chicken with my turmeric rub. 🙂 Oh rain, we have it plenty in Seattle. And I think the weather people are really care too much about adjective to describe the weather in the city that has 200 rainy day per year… But you are exactly right that on rainy day the best therapy is a bowl of good soup. Now that I have access to more oriental ingredients I will definitely make this soup. Thanks for the recipe! Missed you all this time I was away from blogging… Glad to “see” you again.

  • The turmeric and saffron definitely gave this soup a beautiful-vibrant color. You made me hungry once again. I hope you are having a wonderful week, Bam. :).

  • How gorgeous is this?!

  • what am amazing colour! Friends of ours have just got back from HK and she told me they were there during the typhoon – she said it is like our windy days here 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Tandy! We were very lucky this year as Typhoon Usagi did not make a direct hit to HK so we just had lots of wind and rain. Last year we had a level 10 typhoon and every tree was down as far as I could see. I am glad that was not the case when your friends were on holiday in HK. Take Care, BAM

  • This looks very comforting!! I would love to snuggle on my couch with a blanket and this bowl of soup!

  • Looks lovely for a rainy day! And I love reading your post, so informative!

  • Those are some beautiful golden noodles! And yum to the saffron!

  • Soup tastes even better on rainy days! This looks perfect 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • This is my kinda soup! Looks gorgeous! Love soup on rainy days especially 🙂

  • Soup is definitely on my mind Bam and must say that this one is a beauty. Tumerick is a very potent spice and I’m not necessarily used to it in such quantities, but I do love saffron (mine is from Morroco and a small batch from Turkey) so I will be quite excited to give this colourful recipe a try. I’ll have to make it when hubby is away for lunch as I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hit with him. I always have your ingredients on hand too, so it’s perfect! A warming soup during our chilly autumn weather is just what the doctor ordered!

  • This definitely looks like the ideal comfort food! I’ve never cooked with rice noodles but am always experimenting with new ingredients. 🙂

  • Super beautiful soup, Bam! I love how you describe it as a hug. I wish we would get some soup weather here! I am ready to go but it’s still hovering near 90 degrees!

  • Ah, this soup is the stuff that dreams are made of! I’ve been craving comfort as the weather grows colder, and this would absolutely do the trick. That golden broth especially has me hooked, since I’m forever putting turmeric in salads, dips, and even drinks. This is so perfect!

  • This soup looks like a perfect pick me up on some upcoming chilly nights! Thanks for sharing!

  • We’re having the same weather…I want to see the sun! Your soup is gorgeous…love the color. I have a wooden cutting board with a turmeric stain :/

  • This soup looks so hearty and inviting — the golden color is stunning! Wish I had a bowl now as the weather is slowly turning to Fall. I hope you are well!

  • Yum!
    I can just imagine how hearty and fragrant this noodle soup would be. It looks absolutely delicious with the golden hue of saffron and tumeric

  • Beautiful comfort food in such a bright and happy colour. I can imagine having it on a cold, gloomy day.
    It will definitely give you the warmth and comfort that you need. Keep warm, Bam!

  • Just looking at the beautiful color of the soup, BAM, makes me feel all warm and cozy.

  • Stunning clicks…………Looks yummy


  • Wow, you weren’t kidding about the colour when you said “Golden” were you?! Looks indeed very comforting and cosy – I’m jealous of all your saffron… a couple of strands (literally) costs a fortune here!

  • Elaine

    Bam, isn’t your soup a glorious colour! Can you buy rice drop noodles in HK? Their a shorter version of your rice noodle; perhaps 1″ long and they don’t stick to each other.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Elaine, thanks for stopping by. Drop rice noodles would be a great option if you can find them where you live. I will keep my eyes open for the drop rice noodles in HK but for now all they have available is the Thai rice noodles in bundles. Take Care, BAM

  • Anyting with saffron would be fancy even more, i guess i can imagine how fragrant is your noodle soup….
    btw, i think grilled meat would lovely accomanion for this recipe

  • Yum! I want a big bowl of this noodle soup for lunch! :3

  • Slurrrp! Looking delicious! I think I need to (finally) go downstairs and make myself a bowl of noodles (after all – since I don’t have time to make calzone). Turmeric (you must have good one!) gives bright nice yellow color and very appetizing!

  • Ah a sunshine bowl in the midst of drizzle and mizzle (another couple of words for our rain for you!)
    I hadn’t realised there was such a thing as Alleppey turmeric – and I’ve been to Alleppey !!! Where was my head that day I wonder!
    I’m going to make this bowl of sunshine noodles, a perfect meal, looks good and tastes great. Thank you my friend and I hope you have a super weekend whatever the weather x

  • I was born in Hong Kong and noodle soups like this have a very special place in my heart. I love the tumeric and saffron and the gorgeous colors in this bowl! It will definitely keep you warm during any storm.

    • Bams Kitchen

      好開心認識你 Monica! Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, BAM

  • This soup would take away any chill you were feeling from nasty weather!!

  • So good!!! Love this soup. I used Braggs Amino Acids since am I salt restricted. Also used the same bouillon you used.
    The only extra thing I added was a .25 cup of low sodium spicy V-8. I added harissa for some kick.

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