Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Beef

Rocco DiSpirito likes to heat shirataki noodles (a low-calorie noodle made from tofu or a kind of sweet potato) in store-bought chicken broth seasoned with lime juice.

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  • Servings: 4


  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Two 8-ounce packages shirataki noodles, rinsed and drained (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges, for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound trimmed beef tenderloin, very thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • Sriracha or other garlic-chile sauce, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock with the water, agave syrup, grated ginger and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Add the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Using tongs, transfer the noodles to bowls. Add the beef to the noodles and ladle the hot broth on top. Drizzle with the sesame oil and top with the basil, cilantro, scallions and bean sprouts. Serve with lime wedges and chile sauce.


Shirataki noodles are sold refrigerated at health food stores or online at miraclenoodle.com.

One Serving 160 cal, 7 gm fat, 2.4 gm sat fat, 11 gm carb, 3 gm fiber, 15 gm protein.

Suggested Pairing

Argentinean Malbec's juicy, dark berry fruit is a nice match for this comforting noodle soup.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published March 2011

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2394

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Sheera Waisman

Review Body: This recipe has all the components, but I'm not sold on the balance of amounts. Why add water? It makes the broth taste, well, watery. It's not like you're cooking a soup for hours and giving it more flavor. I cut back to one cup, increased broth to 4 cups and it still was too thin. Next time I'll use just broth. Also found it had too much lime juice so either increase the soy or decrease the lime juice to one tablespoon. You can always add more with lime wedges when serving. I also added a little nam pla for more flavor. Mung beans and shirataki noodles are a great combination.

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2017-04-26