This is a soup you can count on to warm you on a cold day/night. It is easy, and worth the time you spend pulling it together. I’ll list the base items first.. the final items you can change up and fix to suit your taste buds.
1 package of beef neck bones, I look for a package with good chunks of meat still on the bone.
1 good size fresh ginger that you peel, crush and dice. I like ginger so I use a good size (big thumb) to begin with.
4, 5 pieces of garlic, how much you use will depend on how fresh your garlic is and how much of a bite you want.
1 onion, again I use a medium size onion because I’ve been known to add a packet of dried onion mix if I want to enhance the stock with a more “Canadian” onion flavour.
the liquids added, Soba Tsuyu (a dipping sauce for soba noodles) Anchovy sauce (one that isn’t too watered down)
Soy sauce ( one with less sodium)
a pinch of sale
a good shake of black pepper
I dump all of the above into a pot full of cold water, and let it come to a boil, once it starts to bubble, I turn it down to medium heat and let it cook along for about 15 minutes, then I add
Carrots, sliced/shredded banana leaf, and any other veggies that I’d like to have in the soup.
Then after about 5 min. I turn it down to a simmer and let it enjoy itself for awhile.
20 minutes down the line I add either rice, potato, or a pasta. Today I’ve added elbow pasta.
Before serving, I will ad 2 scrambled eggs, 1 teaspoon of butter, and fresh baby spinach. I allow that to sit for about 10 minutes before dishing it up.