Road trips really mess me up. I always think that it’ll take way less time than it actually does to get everything prepped and packed and ready to go. I’m sure my brain is stuck on my pre-kid days, where road trips were often last-minute decisions, clothes hastily tossed into a duffel bag and a quick call to a friend to feed the cats a couple times while we’re gone. Road trips with kids are far less spontaneous, and require days of careful planning, lists to avoid forgetting crucial supplies, and bags and bins and generally just a trunk full of gear for even just a couple nights away from home. So, while I made this delicious, amazing soup on the night before our departure, and diligently photographed it and processed said photos, I did not get around to doing the requisite recipe write-up for a scheduled post during my five day absence, and as a result, Blissful Domesticity has gone a full week without a post, and even that was only thanks to my dear friend Tyla and her canning adventures! But, I did have a good trip – we drove a few hours to stay with my grandfather and visit my grandmother now that she’s finally been moved from acute care at the local hospital to the extended care center. She spent a rather difficult year in acute care, and we are so very happy to see the sassy glimmer in her eyes return now that she has more freedom, and more support. My mother made the trip as well, so it was absolute bliss to pawn my two kids off on their grandmother at every available opportunity.
But now we are home, and after unpacking and doing some laundry, I am finally able to sit down and do what I meant to do nearly a full week ago – share a delicious recipe! This soba soup was inspired by leftover teriyaki flank steak that I had sitting in my fridge, and by a rather large piece of ginger in my pantry. The steak is totally optional, this soup is light and delicious without it, but it’s the perfect way to use a little bit of leftover meat that might otherwise not get used. I think some asian-marinated chicken, or leftover char siu pork would also be a wonderful replacement for the steak. This is a quick meal, too, it takes longer to soak the mushrooms than it does to cook it all together!
Ginger Spinach Soba Soup
(Adapted from Mabel’s House)
– 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
– 8 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked and drained (reserve water) and thinly sliced (or fresh shiitakes, if you can get them)
– 4 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 1/2 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
– coarse salt
– 4 cups chicken broth
– ½ package (~4oz) soba noodles
– Several handfuls of baby spinach
– Juice of one lime
– 1 Tbsp soy sauce
– Leftover flank steak, thinly sliced
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add mushrooms, scallion whites, garlic, and ginger; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender, about 6 minutes
Add broth and 3 cups water; bring to boil. Add soba, reduce to simmer and cook 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook just until tender, about 1 minute. Squeeze in fresh lime juice and add soy sauce. Ladle into individual bowls, stir in flank steak slices and top with scallion greens.