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Cooking Techniques in Noodle Soup

Updated on September 26, 2012

Cooking Techniques in Noodle Soup

Cooking noodles is as easy as it gets. You can cook it while sitting watching TV and/or doing other things. I prefer to cook noodles the natural way than buying it because it is healthier that way. Gone are the days when I was rushing during my college days and I just pour hot boiling water into a cup with noodles and bingo, I can eat instant noodles. Noddles soups are best when they are prepared according to your own taste and preferences. This is good so that you know exactly the amount of additives, herbs and spices you will add to suit your taste. Everybody can try cooking noodle soup and you will love eating it, I am sure of it.

In this hub, I will share some techniques in cooking noodle soups that suit your taste. Taste depends on the flavor you want in your noodles. There are hundreds of variations in noodle soups depending in ones taste and preferences. In fact it is culture specific, but you can derive your own taste out of it.

I wrote a hub about noddle soups here -- The best noodle soups in the world, check it out.

What is a Noodle Soup?

Noodle soups are a Southeastern menu and is the staple food of some in the region aside from rice. It is a combination of :

  • noodles
  • broth
  • plus ingredients -- can be seafoods, meat of chicken and beef preferably
  • plus the noodles -- hundreds of varieties made from buckwheat, rice and egg noddles
  • Herbs and spices plus seasonings are added according to ones taste

It is served hot and cooked to boil

Plus you can put chili on it

Vegetables and Herbs as Ingredients for Noodle Soups

cilantro, basil, lime, onions and bean sprouts
cilantro, basil, lime, onions and bean sprouts

Chicken as ingredients - chicken noodle soup -- most famous soup

chicken noodle soup  - most famous noodle soup
chicken noodle soup - most famous noodle soup

Ramen noodles

Noddle is the main component of noodle soups
Noddle is the main component of noodle soups

Techniques in Cooking Noodle Soup

  1. Decide which meat you will use as main ingredients -- chicken or beef to add as meat ingredients. You can also choose seafoods, shrimp or crabmeat
  2. Decide which herbs and spices to choose from -- some prefer sprouts, basil, coriander, onions, garlic and cilantro
  3. Decide which seasonings to put in the noodle soups -- little salt, fish sauce, soy sauce, black pepper, salt etc.
  4. You can use cooking oil -- canola oil or olive oil if you want to put some oil -- little amount only

Utensils to Use when Cooking Noodles : large pot with cover and a ladle spoon

The Step : First fry oil with garlic, pepper and onion then put the vegetables like carrots, then put the stock of chicken, then let it boil, after five minutes, put the sliced chicken. Add the noodles, and then put off the stove. Get the soup in the bowl, then you can put the sprout, coriander and basil, serve it hot. (Put the sprout, basil, coriander and lime after you put the hot stock in the bowl).

Condiments : You can choose to put sriracha sauce, fish sauce, chili sauce or soy sauce depending on your preferred taste

Some ingredients should be chopped thinly like to achieve the flavor

  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • red bell pepper (removed the seed) -- to give some aroma
  • salt and grounded pepper
  • carrots, thinly sliced

There are lots of variety of noodles to choose from

  • rice noodles, egg noodles, wonton or vermicelli, soba, ramen and pho noodles
  • Kinds of noodles to use is dependent on your taste and what size you prefer, long or thickness

Making Broth-- you can make your own broth by boiling the water and then putting your cut meat on it. One the water reached the boiling point, you can now reduce the heat to medium slightly covered. Usually chicken are preferred than seafoods or beef. Make the cut of the meat bigger, then after it is nearly done, put it aside, cut it into smaller pieces

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Herbs and vegetables should be fresh -- lemon ,limes, coriander, basil, cilantro and other vegetables you want to put

You can also choose what vegetables to add depending on your preferences

Kinds of Noodle Soup By Country

Country  
Kinds of Noodle Soup
 
Japan 
soda, udon, ramen, champon,hoto 
 
Philippines 
Miswa, Pancit Molo, Mami, sopas, LaPaz, Batchoy 
 
Korea 
janchi guksu, jjamppong, kalguksu, ramyeon, makguksu, naengmyeon
 
Indonesia
soto ayam, mie ayam
 
Malaysia and Singapore
hae mee, curry laksa, assam laksa
 
Burma
Oun no hkauk swè, mohinga
 
Vietnam
beef pho, Mien, bun, bahn cahn, cao lau, mi, hu tieu
 
US
chicken noodle soup
 
Thailand
ba mii naam, khao soi, kaw tiao naam, gaeng jued wunsen
 
China
ban mian, Guo qiao mi xian, wonton noodle
 
Source : Wikipedia
 
 

Proudly Philippine noodle soup - mami

mami soup
mami soup

Miso noodle soup - Japans favorite noodle soup

beef pho noodles variation - Vietnamese famous noodle soup

Cooking Tecniques and Tips : Noodle Soup

  • Put the herbs and spices plus the seasonings depending on your taste
  • Seasonings should be mild as some seasonings and condiments like fish sauce, soy sauce, sriracha are concentrated so it needs little amount only
  • Some condiments like soy sauce is rich in sodium, so place small amount only
  • Put the water to boiling temperature and avoid overcooking the noodles, they stick together and not firm anymore
  • Choose the best noodles for your soup according to your preference, Noodles are made of rice, vermicelli, or buckwheat noodles
  • Put the herbs after it is cooked like the cilantro, basil and the lime after it is cooked and ready to be served.
  • Season it with your preferred seasonings
  • Add chili hot sauce according to your taste. Add little by little only.

Health Benefits of Noodle Soup

  • Noodles which contain herbs and vegetables are nutritious
  • The amount of seasonings and condiments like soy sauce, salt, fish sauce should be minimal in order for it to be nutritious
  • Noodles are rich in carbohydrates and they are energy giving foods. Buckwheat noodles are nutritious including rice noodles
  • Beef and chicken when mixed with noodle soup as ingredients are good source of protein
  • Seafoods when used as ingredients for noddle soups are good source of omega 3 fatty acid and calcium plus minerals
  • The effect of chicken noodle soup and hot soups for sick people is yet to be ascertained as there is a debate going on whether it can cure simple illness like colds or flu. Others say it is because of placebo effect.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      You're making my mouth water! I love both noodles of all kinds and soups! I love "throwing together" my own soups, just starting with a broth and whatever else appeals to me - always plenty of veggies! Many wonderful herbs and spices are my favorites too. I guess I could say that I nevere met a soup I didn't like! Now you've given me so many luscious ideas! Thanks for another great hub, Maita!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Miata, This is a wonderful. All those soups looked so good. This is really an outstanding hub.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks so much for the great ideas. I will be more creative with my soups.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      My mouth is watering. I love you food and your way of cokking.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Maita, I am not really a noodles person, but you certainly stimulated my taste buds. Thanks!

      Forever His,

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Now I am hungry.

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Your hub sets the tongue rollicking!! Noodles are all time favourites but we got to know of so many varieties from so many countries!! Specially liked the Japanese and Filipino variety!!

      Thanks for sharing with this wonderful hub!!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Boy, I am getting hungry reading this hub! Damn I hate when that happens! Noodles are so delicious! I nearly was going to order noodles after reading some of the dishes above! The Vietnamese food sounds particularly delish! Rating you up and gonna cook something now, Maita! Hehehehe! :D

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      My father used to make a wonderful chicken noodle soup and my brother made beef noodle soup. I was always a poor cook, so I always visited them. You might have inspired me to try and make some soup and see if I can get anyone to try it! We'll see.

      Mike

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love the pho soup... although ramen doesnt send me generally.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I love all kinds of noodles and i like them in soup. I love pho soup too. In fact, I'm going there tonight. Like you, I make my own--that way, you get to decide the basic broth. Love your pictures and clear instructions. Rated up.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the helpful tips on cooking techniques in Noodle Soups I love soup it's a fave of mine. :)

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      ladylux 7 years ago

      Thanks for breaking down what should be obvious! Just bought some sweet potato noodles plus some other varieties I never tried before, so this hub really inspires me to make some yummy soups with them!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      I like noodles in both form-liquid or solid :) decliciuos hub maita, I've voted it up. I will try it tonight.Thanks :)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. I adore noodle soup and I swear I could eat it every single day.

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      This sounds like another tasty meal. Soud is so good in the middle of the cold winter days.

      Nice work again

      thank you

      Ron

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Very nice! Lots of useful tips and great pictures (they made me drool lol)...oh and congrats on the nom! :)

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      sord87 7 years ago

      A very delicious photos!Good coooking techniques!

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      Twenty One Days 7 years ago

      Miata, I love PHO!!!

      And that list is awesome!

      Am voting this one for Best Hub! -James.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks everyone, James, Om, sord and everybody, Maita

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      Origin 7 years ago from Minneapolis

      Great hub! Nice work on it! :)

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      Chin chin 7 years ago from Philippines

      After reading this hub about noodles, I suddenly missed my mom. She's a very good cook and comes up with different versions of noodle soup. Good work on this hub, Maita.

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Pretty - It all looks so delicious.. Excellent Hub loaded with great and delicious information, but that is what your hubs are always full of! Thumbs up my pretty friend. Voted upwards, useful and awesome:)

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Wow !!! Maita send me a dish. Excellent hub with some useful tips. Well done. Enjoy.

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Maita, I had liked this recipe hub very much and now voted this in the contest that is on!! You are a favourite with all hubbers and I am sure that you will win!! Best of Luck :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Shari, Aaron, chin, origin and dream! Maita

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Voted for you my dearest friend, it was an honor to! Best of luck - no one deserves it more than you! Always x

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      MOW, thanks a lot and Bless you my friend, maita

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      manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Those soups look great...and I generally don't eat that many of them. Think I'll have to find a Vietnamese place for lunch! Enjoyed this Hub...and the pics made me hungry! You get my Vote!

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      Voted for you dear, Couldn't agree more with MOW-appealing and mouthwatering hub. You sure might win the contest this time. Good luck and cheers.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      manly try them it is so good, Thanks much, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks charanjeet, pleasure knowing you guys and thanks again, Maita

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Yum,yum, nice hub now I'm ready for some noodle soup! Although, I'm a contender as well; I wanted to stop by and say congrats, to my friend, on being selected as one of the nominees in the Hubalicious contest this week. Great Job, Maita! :)

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      your writing on food and food preparation is always so hubdelicious = and yes I will vote for you - in fact whatever you do in life I will always vote for you and support you!

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Kumustaka Maita,

      Thanks for reminding me otherwise I don't login to hubpages that often. I just voted & thumbs up too. An excellent hub on noodle soups. My favorite noodles are rice noodles soup & flat noodles fried in Thai style.

      You are doing great keep up the good hubs.

      Situation in Bangkok is better now therefore I might go to Bangkok. I will let you know in two weeks.

      Good luck & have a wonderful day.

      Tony

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      platinumOwl4 7 years ago

      I am always looking for healthier foods. These dishes really do the trick for me. I will definitely visit your site.

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Your hub makes me feel hungry. It all looks delicious to me. I just voted; but here’s another useful rating for you. Thumbs up! Good luck in the contest. You deserve it.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      My dad loves all types of noodle soup! This hub reminded me of him. Teehee Loved your hub Maita! Voted for you! :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks ripple and Tinav, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Tony and epigramman,

      Tony, Tell me if you go to Bangkok, Maita

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      Cecilia 7 years ago from New York

      Yum! I lived in Bangkok for three years and you my dear know how it's done!

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      celinewayne 7 years ago

      great job!

      i enjoy reading this hub =)

      really make me hungry hahahaha

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks cecile and celinewayne, Maita

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Congrats!

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well done you deserve to win with this !

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maita, I was happy to see you win this week's People's Choice award!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Woo Hoo! Congrats, Maita! Way to go my friend. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Congratulations! This is a great hub too! Best, Steph

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Great hub! The cooking techniques are very well-explained with great photos of well-loved noodles from different countries. Congrats on your win! You deserve it! :-)

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      These look fantastic. Love ramen noodles too? :) Great stuff.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Darn, I was not able to vote. sorry. But I'm glad to see you won the people's choice. :) Congrats kababayan! I'm very proud of you. And about the topic, noodle soup is one of my favorites (my father used to call me Ms. Noodle Soup, the instant kind though). Yummy pics :).

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      wonderful maita, congrats on your win! excellent hub and everything looks so good! :]

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Congrats ! Your hub is truly inspiring,great use of pics and very informative. I love noodle soup and I shall try out the variations suggested. Thanks for sharing.

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      Les Trois Chenes 7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      A friend showed me how to make a beef noodle soup, but now I'll be branching out! congratulation on your win!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Congrats, Maita! You're so popular!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      A well deserved win Maita!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Maita. Sorry couldn't make it to vote for your hub. I'm really glad you won and about one of my favorite food too :). Congrats!

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      apricot 7 years ago from Italy

      Well done to you on your win! And well deserved - this hub is fascinating and I love noodles so much!!

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      well done prettydarkhorse!, great achievement and also interesting variations from different countries.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it and I think just to be pitted with all of you is already an achievement, and to win is a good thing for me,

      Ms lis, rebekkah, ultimate hubber, apricot, emievil, my angel, les trois, purple, springboard and loren, stephchicks, Money, habee, Jim, Barry, akirchner, thanks to you all, I appreciate you all, Maita

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Way to go Maita - regret I've been away for a few days so I was unable to give you my vote but your success is very well deserved - you are a hubber's hubber.

      Amber:)

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      Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast

      Congratulations Pretty! I was hoping you'd win. Well done!

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Kumustaka Maita,

      Wow, Congratulations great achievement, I am glad my vote was fruitful otherwise I will be sad. It was good you reminded me otherwise I was not aware of the contest.

      I know you are a tough cookie, you never gave up & that is the secret to your success.

      I wish you good luck, keep writing wonderful hubs & keep in touch. I am not going to Bangkok because I decided to visit you......:D

      Well it is difficult to find a seat now.

      Have a wonderful weekend. Tony

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      beth811 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Had voted this hub but forgot to comment then, sorry! Maita, you made me hungry seeing these pics. Batchoy and mami are my favorites.

      Congrats!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hey Beth, thanks, its ok, Take care, Maita

      Thanks flight, am glad youre back again, Maita

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      This looks very tasty! I really want to eat some of those :o)

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Prettydarkhorse, congratulations on your win, this is a great hub!

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      I knew you would win .. Congratulation!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Emma, dreamreachout and oceans, I appreciate you guys, Maita

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is no wonder you won! So many different noodle soups in the world and you did your best to describe and offer delicious looking photos of so many of them. Well done!!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks Peggy, Maita

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Very informative hub. I love noodle soup. :)

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      I love love love noodle soup and can only go a few days before I get the cravings. Thanks so much for an informative and visually appealing hub. You've covered it all. Rated up and more!

      As always,

      Carolyn (BK)

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi! Really enjoyed your Noodle soups, Made me hungry, so I cooked me some Ramen soups with a can of baby shrimps and a few fresh Onions. I always enjoy reading your Hubs. 10 Hugs Ed.

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      minesgm 7 years ago from Texas

      This is really interesting and yummy hub.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Congrats Maita for this excellent hub! You deserve to be the winner.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Wow mouth watering delicious ,easy to make soup .i really enjoyed reading your instant techniques for making noodles and variety of soups .

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      This is great information, Maita. I love chicken noodle soup and chicken and sweet corn soup. Both top favourites of mine.

      Rated this one up and bookmarked!

      Thanks again

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      pb3847 6 years ago

      Yum, I love Filipino food, and all of this looks fantastic! I wish I had more than a sandwich for lunch haha.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I shouldn't look at this now Maita- I'm so hungry! Come cook for me!

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      Japemwellows 6 years ago from 5ifth Dimensi0n

      Very tasty informative hub! I will put your techniques into action for sure! =)

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Thank you Japemwellows, Maita

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Well-written hub, along with a very neat and yummy presentation. Love it. You're a sure winner, although I came in late. You deserve it! Go, go for more, Maita Dear! Congratulations!

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      happypuppy 5 years ago

      I love soup noodles, especially in the winter. I have yet to try the Phillipine soup noodle. Thanks for your simple to follow instructions. Vote up!

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      kartika damon 5 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      I bookmarked this one - I love great noodles and haven't a clue how to make them or make a great noodle soup! Thanks for making this simple. :)

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      on'zkie 4 years ago

      I also want to make soup. watch out for the future. thanks!

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      SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love when my friend makes me Vietnamese pho, and wish I could have some right now. Your hub makes me yearn for some good soup.

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      prettydarkhorse 3 years ago from US

      It is a nice food SweetiePie, thanks and take care.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Can't believe I missed this "print-it-out-for-sure" one! I came back to it from your comment on mine about mature love being better. Thanks for your comment and for this great and comprehensive Hub!

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      Ben Zoltak 3 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      This essay is soup-er!!! Haha, sorry Maita I couldn't resist. I should try putting siracha in more soup. Some times I'll add fresh jalepeno or aged chili sauce, siracha is it's own things though. I enjoyed your research on the different countries preferences too, as well as the pictures. Pho is all the rage in the states these days, can't wait to try the Phillipino Mami!!!

      Nastrovia!

      Ben

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      prettydarkhorse 3 years ago from US

      Yup, Filipino mami is the best. I buy Asian food here at Asian markets. I love pho.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your recommendation, i must try vietnam noodle soup

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      SweetiePie 20 months ago from Southern California, USA

      Fresh noodle soup prepared with care is always delicious. I used to love pho, but I want to try making the vegan kind now.

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      prettydarkhorse 19 months ago from US

      That is good. Fresh noodle soup is A ok.

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