Global Sampler

Southeast Asian–Style Vegetable Stew

Southeast Asian-Style Vegetable Stew

Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers mingle in a rich coconut–peanut base, making a stew that’s great all year round. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Theresa Raffetto.

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Miso Broth with Soba and Squash

A quick Japanese-style soup for fall and winter, this is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Use chopsticks for “slurping” the noodles. more→

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Udon Noodle Soup with Crisp Vegetables

Here is a Japanese-style soup inspired by one I sampled in a New York City noodle shop. Thick noodles in a hot broth are topped with crisp raw vegetables. It’s an unusual but simple presentation, which you can start making literally minutes before you wish to serve it. The traditional way to eat this is to “slurp” the noodles with the help of chopsticks, then finish off the remaining soup with a spoon. “I believe I once considerably scandalized her by declaring that clear soup was a more important factor in life than a clear conscience.” —Saki more→

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Rice-Stick Noodle Soup with Lettuce and Shiitake Mushrooms

This simple soup is a good introductory course for a mixed vegetable and tofu stir-fry. more→

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Ramen Noodle Soup with Bok Choy or Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage

Ramen noodles are now readily available, even without the ready-made soup mix, in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets. They are an appealing addition to simple soups. more→

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Chinese Bean Curd Soup with Cellophane Noodles and Straw Mushrooms

Asian-style soups can be created in a quick burst of inspiration and little forethought. ”There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup, its wisp of aromatic steam teasing the nostrils into quivering anticipation.” —Louis P. de Gouy

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Tofu Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)

tofu aloo gobiWe’ve rarely gone out for Indian food without including this classic cauliflower and potato curry among our selections. It’s a vegetarian/vegan standard. This simplified rendition comes together quickly, and the tofu mimics paneer, the bland, soft cheese found in some Indian dairy dishes. Photo courtesy of In My Box: An Exploration of My CSA Box. more→

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Indonesian-Style Vegetable Stew with Rice Noodles

Asian rice noodles

Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. more→

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