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This is from the Cooking For People Who Don't carnival. It's a rice noodle and egg soup that is gluten-free and can be modified to be veggie/entirely vegan. (So, basically like a slightly more sophisticated version of ramen noodles with an egg cracked in...) It's really low-spoons. Recipe is written for total beginners.

time: 2 minutes pouring broth and assorted other things into a pot and giving it a good stir/turning the burner on
about 15-20 minutes while it gets good and heated and boiling [you can go do other things during this time]
about 8 minutes of noodles cooking (and if you're adding eggs, stirring eggs during this time)
about 3-4 minutes of adding eggs and letting them cook through
total time: 28-34 minutes if recipe isn't modified, of which 15-20 minutes can be spent elsewhere, so a total of 13-14 minutes spent at stove (spaced out)

spoons: (without recipe modification) lifting a soup pot onto the stove, putting things into it, stirring to combine ingredients for broth, stirring occasionally when noodles are added, stirring eggs together, having the coordination to pour eggs into the pot with one hand while stirring the pot with the other

ingredients: broth (chicken or veggie), rice noodles, flavorings for the broth (I use ginger paste, black pepper, sriracha sauce, powdered mustard and gluten-free soy sauce but these are just suggestions!), eggs (could be optional or replaced with chopped tofu)

cooking implements: (without recipe modification) soup pot, large spoon to stir/serve soup with, small bowl for egg whipping, something to whip the eggs with, a small spoon if you're trying to get ginger paste out of a jar or alternately a knife and cutting board/maybe a microplane grater if you're being fancy and using fresh ginger root?

Heat chicken stock (or veggie stock!) with a few dashes of GF soy sauce (or regular if that's not a problem for you), a spoonful of minced ginger or ginger paste, a dusting of black pepper, a shake of powdered mustard if you have it, and a few squirts of sriracha (rooster sauce, hee) to taste. NOTE: You can eliminate any of those flavorings if you don't have them or don't like them, but they're really good in combination. Use a good-sized pot and enough chicken stock to feed the number of people you're serving. You want about 1-2 cups (~1/4 to ~1/2 L, 8-16 fl oz) per person, depending on how hungry you are. Make sure your pot can hold all the stock! Bring to a boil. Generally, that can be accomplished with your burner on medium-high.

Put in rice noodles from a packet. In the US, they're sold in the international section of the supermarket or at any East Asian grocery store. Use about an inch/2.5 cm in diameter worth of noodles per person. As in, if you're holding the noodles in a bundle in your hand, the diameter of the bundle is the measurement I'm talking about. Let these boil for about 8 minutes or so. Watch them. You don't want them to get mushy. After about 6 minutes, you might want to start trying them to see if they're to your taste.

Non-vegans: During the first 6 minutes the noodles are cooking, get out 1 egg (or 2 if you're super hungryyy) per person and crack them into a small bowl. Use a fork, whisk, chopsticks, or something else to whip them up until they're all combined, as though you were making scrambled eggs. The whites and the yolks should be totally together and you shouldn't be able to see what's what. If you can't stir and pour at the same time, don't do this step! But do get the eggs out.

Okay! Now your noodles are probably done. Quick, turn down your burner to low! (Vegans, this is where you probably want to add in your tofu to get it heated up and nommy. I'm not a big tofu person, so I'm not sure how long it should be in there. Maybe Google or look on the packet or someone else please comment?)

For non-vegans: Now comes the trickiest part of the whole thing. Don't worry though. You're going to be just fine. Have a spoon in one hand, a long handled spoon like a ladle or wooden spoon or the spoon you're going to use to scoop it out preferably so that you don't get a steam burn, but whatever works. You could even use a long knife as long as you were careful not to scrape your pot or a stick from the backyard that you sterilized or whatever. Just something to stir your pot with that's going to keep your hand high enough out of the steam so you won't get hurt. Use your stirring implement to get the soup stirring. Make a sort of whirlpool thing. Not so stirry that it splashes over the side, but good and stirring. Now, slooooowly pour your egg in. (If you think you're going to have trouble pouring out of your bowl without getting it all over the place, maybe put it in something with a spout like a liquid measuring cup first.) Keep stirring while you pour!

In the event that you want egg in but cannot stir like that: You have two options. You can crack the eggs in as though you were poaching them (in which case don't whip them first!) OR you can slowly pour them into the soup while stirring in a slow sort of figure-8 pattern which will get you long strands which are quite tasty. I prefer not to do that because then they get tangled with the noodles, but you might want that!

Once you finish pouring/cracking, let it simmer for about another minute (or 2-3 minutes if you're poaching) and then take it off the heat. You will have what looks suspiciously like rice noodles combined with a sort of egg drop soup! That's what it is.

If you have extra spoons and want to make it fancy:

Things that would be good as a garnish raw or that you could add in to cook right after you turn down the burner: thinly sliced white mushrooms (I believe in rinsing them first. Not everyone does. Go with your heart/how grungy they look?); thinly sliced green onions

Thing that would be good as a garnish right before eating after it's in your bowl: cilantro (if you like it, I know this has divided families and ruined friendships)

Thing that you could add if you're intermediate/advanced in the kitchen using the broth as a way to poach it before the noodles/egg business: thinly sliced chicken strips (or maybe other meat?)

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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