A delightful noodle soup that requires very little cooking — if you can call dropping shrimps, fish balls and bok choy in simmering broth “real” cooking.
The shrimps were bought fully shelled and deveined, and only needed to be thawed. The noodles were bought fresh as well (we’re fortunate to be within a five-minute drive from a good Japanese / Korean grocery) and they just had to be blanched.
And the fish balls? Although you buy them frozen, they come fully cooked. Once thawed, you just drop them in boiling broth to heat them through.
And I’m using the term “fish balls” here in a loose sense. In Asian groceries, you can find fish balls (seafood balls, to be more precise) in so many flavors. Lobster balls and cuttlefish balls were used here. You may opt for shrimp balls, squid balls or basic fish balls.
Shrimp and fish ball ramen
- Heat the dashi in a pot.
- When the dashi boils, drop in the fish balls. Cook for five minutes.
- Drop the shrimps into the broth. Cook for two minutes.
- Scoop out the fish balls and shrimps. Keep the broth simmering.
- Into the simmering broth, add the bok choy. Cook for five minutes and scoop out.
- Taste the broth. Add fish sauce if it has turned bland.
- Divide the noodles, fish balls, shrimps and bok choy among four bowls.
- Ladle in hot broth.
- Top the shrimp and fish balls noodle soup with sliced scallions before serving.