Asian Noodle Soup with Mushroom Balls and Yam POWER

Easy Asian Noodle Soup - Luminous Vegans

Have you taken the time to explore your local Asian market yet? We have several that we frequent. I love to go when we have time to explore each aisle thoroughly. It’s during these times that I find gems like this.

Mushroom Balls- Luminous Vegans

Vegetarian Imitation of Mushroom Balls! So let me get this straight. They’re imitating mushrooms in this veggie ball with the POWER of yam. Hey, that’s cool! I’m all about having different veggies imitate other veggies. However there’s still mushroom up in there. Something lost in translation maybe? Either way, I love that it also includes exotic ingredients like white and black PAPPER*.

I am inspired by visuals, so the picture on the package of the mushroom balls made me think to use this in a soup.

Rice Noodles - Luminous Vegans

Lately, I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and easy hands-off, throw-together meals are my jam.  This tasty and warming Asian noodle soup comes together easily. It simply involves making some noodles, simmering a broth with chopped veggies, and pouring the broth over the noodles. There’s also some optional accompaniments.

Easy Asian Noodle Soup - Luminous Vegans

The following is a rough estimate of what I did. It doesn’t have precise measurements but soups are forgiving like that. And it’s adaptable to your preferences. That’s what makes it so much fun!

Easy Asian Noodle Soup - Luminous Vegans

Easy Asian Noodle Soup (with optional Mushroom Balls)

Ingredients (estimates)

Soup ingredients

  • handful of rice noodles
  • 5-6 cups vegan broth (I used the vegan no-beef broth pictured above)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder (this is a mix of cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cloves, white pepper and licorice root)
  • 2-3 cups of roughly chopped veggies of your choice (I used a combo of the mushroom balls and oyster mushrooms)

Accompaniments

  • bean sprouts
  • cilantro
  • lime slices
  • Sriracha

Directions

Prepare the noodles according to the package and set aside. Making the noodles usually involves soaking it in hot or boiling water. Next pour the vegan broth in a big pot and mix in the Chinese Five Spice. Bring it to a boil. Add the veggies. Cover and let simmer for 25 minutes or so, until mushrooms are tender. Taste the broth and stir in more Chinese Five Spice and/or add salt and pepper if desired. The broth I used is very flavorful, so I didn’t add any more spices. Portion out some noodles in a bowl and pour the broth with veggies over it. Squeeze in a little lime juice and top with the other accompaniments.

Easy Asian Noodle Soup - Luminous Vegans

A couple of notes. If you’re using a lot of different veggies, the simmer time might vary. For example, carrots might require longer to get tender. Also, you may have to throw in the veggies at different times depending on what veggies you’re using and how much time it takes for each to cook. I didn’t have to worry too much about that because the mushroom balls were already cooked and just needed to heat. Oyster mushrooms also get tender quickly.

Easy Asian Noodle Soup - Luminous Vegans

Change this up to meet your preferences. Like it less soupy? Use less broth. Want it more chunky? Add more veggies. Don’t like noodles? Leave ’em out. Throw in some cubed tofu or shredded seaweed at the end. Get creative and use what ya got!

What’s the wackiest thing you’ve found at an Asian market?

 *Just in case it isn’t clear, I get that yam power is yam powder. And that black and white papper are not “exotic” ingredients. It’s just pepper. Regular pepper.  
 
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36 thoughts on “Asian Noodle Soup with Mushroom Balls and Yam POWER

    1. luminousvegans Post author

      I *think* it was the Asian market right by Harmony Chinese restaurant. The really big one. It has freezers full of strange mock meat veggie items like this when you first walk in to the right. Just try to keep your eyes focused ahead so you don’t have to look at the dead animals hanging up when you walk in 😦

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Oh boy! Tofu that looks like intestines! That’s cray cray. It sounds like something that would be perfect to serve for Halloween. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for it next time I’m at the Asian sore. Thanks for the tip!

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  1. Andrea

    Mushroom balls? Did you eat them? We have a gigantic Asian market (a lot of them, I guess) that we peruse aisle by aisle, but I guess I missed the mushroom balls. I’ll look harder next time because I think I need some. I find so many unusual things, but can’t remember any at the moment. I suppose some people might consider the things we actually buy, wacky — depends on your point of view. 🙂

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Yeah, we ate the mushroom balls :-). They were good. Kinda chewy like dumplings, very mushroomy. I think Asian stores probably vary in what they carry, unless it’s a chain like Hmart. One of the Asian stores we frequent constantly has a changing stock of stuff. It makes it interesting but it also stinks when we find something we like and then it’s gone!

      And you’re absolutely right. Wacky is in the eye of the beholder for sure! 🙂

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  2. acookinthemaking

    My local Asian market when I lived in North Jersey carried canned silkworm larvae. FTR I never tried them…

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Oh yeah, our Asian markets definitely have their fair share of non-vegan grossness. I can’t even imagine what anyone (vegan or not) would do with silkworm larvae *shudders*.

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  3. coconutandberries

    You’ve reminded me that I haven’t checked out the Asian grocery store yet! I moved to this town nearly 2 months ago! Totally not like me who’s usually all over the foodie places.
    I’m intrigued by the Mushroom balls, and I love Asian noodle soups 🙂

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  4. chow vegan

    Super yummy looking soup! I always find new and interesting things to try at the Asian supermarket. I haven’t seen the mushroom balls though, I’ll have to look for them next time. I usually get mock meats, tofu etc from the fresh section instead of the frozen.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      I forgot that they have fresh tofu. In college there was an Asian store that sold tofu on the REAL cheap in these big white buckets like bulk style. I’ll have to check if the ones we go to have something like that. I’d love to know if you find these mushroom balls. I find that family owned Asian stores tend to vary in what they carry.

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  5. veganmiam.com

    I’ve seen those before, that’s really funny and it’s also made in “Taiwan.” You will see loads of them in the freezers in Taiwan. What a delicious looking noodle soup, you know that I love my noodle soups with a bit of star anise, etc.

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  6. janae @ bring joy

    “papper” hahahah

    I love reading the instructions & ingredient lists of Asian foods–most of the time the translation & spelling leaves much to be desired, but is entertaining, nonetheless.

    Love how simple this is!
    (& I’ve been wondering how to use the 5 chinese spice I just bought–for some reason, I’m hesitant when it comes to chinese flavors & cookings, so I tend to stick with more thai-inspired stuff (you know, peanuts, ginger, lime…)

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      I think I bought the Chinese 5 spice when I was trying to pho a long time ago. I like pre-mixed spices like this because it makes it quick, easy and a no brainer.

      I love Thai inspired spices and flavors too!

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  7. sarojinididi

    I love noodle soups! Yours looks really yummy, too. 🙂 Love the idea of mushroom balls pretending to be mushroom balls but actually they do have some mushroom in them as well…! I love shopping in Asian markets- there are some great ones in our Chinatown here in Birmingham UK. I have found Korean miso, bubble tea, rice malt, beancurd sticks and all manner of strange fake meats, but the most unusual thing was little thin discs of dried hawthorn berries with sugar. I had ideas about snipping them into flower shapes and putting them on cupcakes, but I ended up eating them like sweets instead!

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Thank you! I find it funny too that there’s mushroom in it. I think they probably meant they were imitating something else…maybe “fish” balls or something.

      All your Chinatown finds sound so interesting. I love bubble tea. But I’ve never had beancurd sticks. The fake meat thing is really interesting. I wonder why it is so common to Asian markets.

      The dried hawthorn berries sound delectable and I am imagining very pretty!

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  8. Camille

    Years ago a Taiwanese friend gave me a big box of almond cookies that said “DELICIAL!” I still call things ‘delicial’ sometimes because it cracks me up.

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  9. flickingthevs

    I love a good meander around the Asian supermarkets near me – there’s so much weird and wonderful stuff there. Mainly I was chuffed to find a massive bottle of Sriracha for £2!

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Woohoo for Sriracha! That is truly the one condiment I don’t think I could live without. I make sure to have a backup bottle before we completely run out of the one we are actively using.

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  10. Maggie Muggins

    Oh man, I haven’t been to Chinatown in ages, now you’ve totally got me wanting to hit up the market for some interesting finds. Although I don’t know if I’d be ballsy enough to eat those balls, I’m still pretty luke warm on mushrooms. The bowl still looks super tasty though! Especially with some siracha.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      I’ve only been to one Chinatown and it was in SanFrancisco a loong time ago. But I remember it being so fun! Back then I wasn’t so much focused on food so I mostly noticed all the fun trinkets and decorations.

      I looove mushrooms which is why I used them in the soup, but I think a lot of veggies could work. While I was writing the post, it struck me that using tofu cubes and tearing up seaweed into it would be really tasty as well.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      The mushroom balls were firm and chewy…almost like really firm dumplings. There were large chunks of mushroom bits in it. I could definitely taste a prevalent mushroom flavor so I’m thinking if you don’t like mushroom flavor, you won’t like them. I wouldn’t be surprised if this company had some other type of vegan balls (heh) that were not mushroomy.

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  11. gastronomiette

    I love asian grocery finds!! However be wary of things like MSG 😦 sometimes the ingredients list isn’t so transparent.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Aren’t Asian grocery store finds great? Good call on paying attention to MSG! I wonder why so many Asian foods have MSG in them. While I don’t have any adverse reactions to it, I certainly would prefer my foods not to have it.

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