An easy and deliciously warming soup. Good stock is essential Chicken or vegetable stock a few stems of lemon grass some small hot chilies (thinly slivered and seeds removed) a clove or two of crushed garlic a bit of leftover chicken or shrimp some torn leaves of spinach or mustard greens handful of Asian noodles per person
Simmer lemon grass, chilies and garlic in the broth for about 15 minutes.
At this point you can add the chicken or shrimp and spinach or mustard greens and cook until just tender.
Cook noodles and divide into warm soup bowls. Ladle the simmering broth (sans lemon grass) into the bowls.
Garnish with mint, basil or cilantro and a squeeze of lime. This is a very healing and nourishing meal for a cold winter night.