Second Hand Lions is a great movie about a boy who goes to live with his two eccentric uncles. I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids in the 7-14 year range. There is a very minor scene* in the movie where the uncles are tending the crops they planted – peas, beans, squash, tomatoes, and bok choy.
Anytime I see a recipe calling for bok choy that scene flashes through my head, as it did yesterday when I was looking for a soup to help my wife fight the lingering effects of a winter cold. The recipe I came across for Thai Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass both sounded good AND promoted itself as ‘a great natural remedy if you’re fighting a cold or flu bug’.
Like many soup recipes this one came together easily, but I was challenged when looking for a few of the ingredients. There isn’t an Asian market around (that I know of) and neither my local Shaw’s nor Trader Joe’s had lemongrass or Kaffir lime leaves. Price Right (my new go-to store for any ethnic foods) had fresh lemongrass, but I never did find the lime leaves so had to do without.
I had some time so opted to chop and slice everything before I started cooking. I know this is slower than the ‘cut and add as you go’ method, but find when I do so the whole cooking process is much more relaxed. Since soup should nourish the body and soul the extra time spent was well worth it. Served with fresh basil and chili garlic sauce the soup was delicious.
* You can see the gardening scene from the movie 5:40 into the video on YouTube