Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup

Ever since Master S and myself came across Spicy Cumin Noodle Soup from Noodle Warriors in the new Hawkers Lane Chatswood, Sydney, I have been frantically trying to mimic the flavours. We fell head over heels in love with this soup. The best way to describe the flavour is as a taco flavoured soup. Amazing.

I’ve made so many versions of it to date and I think this one is the closest. It’s super spicy with a magnificent cumin hit. The lamb is fall apart tender with the vegetables adding the sweetness that compliments the flavours of the cooking broth.

This soup is traditionally served with smashed noodles, which are handmade noodles torn into rough strips. They are quite thick and play an important part in this soup, so this will be next on the agenda.

I used a slow cooker but you can certainly make this in the oven, just keep it to about 100°c/210°f. The original soup is time absorbing but make sure you freeze the leftover cooking broth from the lamb and you will have an amazing soup flavour base to use in other soup dishes.

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INGREDIENTS

Lamb spice rub:

Leg of lamb, deboned and cut into 3 or 4 smaller chunks

1 tbs light soy sauce

1/2 tsp dark soy sauce 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp white pepper

2 tsp cumin seeds – dry roasted and then roughly ground

1 tsp coriander seeds – dry roasted and then roughly ground

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tbs cornflour

Cooking liquid:

1/4 cup oil – neutral flavoured

2 tbs light soy sauce

1 tbs rice wine vinegar

2 cups of chicken stock

5 cloves garlic, cut into quarters

5cm / 2inch fresh ginger, sliced into 5 pieces

4 long red chillies, cut length ways in half

1 tbs cumin, ground

2 tsp coriander, ground

2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbs brown sugar

1/2 tsp black pepper, ground

Soup:

4 cups of quality chicken stock

3 leaves of cabbage

1 leek, sliced in half and washed well

4 coriander roots with stems, bruised

1 red chilli, keep whole but cut a couple of slits into it to release the flavour and some heat

4 shallots, 2 sliced on a diagonal and 2 used in the soup broth

Roasted vegetables – I used pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato cut into a mouthful or two sizes.

Handful of baby spinach

ramen noodles or other asian wheat noodle – aim for a handful of cooked noodles per person

Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup

Method

Mix all the ingredients of the spice rub together and then rub all over the lamb. Leave to marinate for at least a couple of hours in the fridge. Ideally do this the night before so it’s ready to pop into your slow cooker in the morning.

Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup

Mix together all the ingredients of the cooking liquid into your slow cooker and turn on low.

Brown the spice rubbed lamb with a bit of oil on all sides and place in the slow cooker.

Cook for 6-7 hours on low. Turn the lamb over at about the 3 hour mark.

Once cooked, remove the amazingly tender lamb and set aside in a bowl. Reserve the cooking liquid.

Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup

 

Soup construction:

Heat the chicken stock, cabbage leaves, 2 shallots, leek, coriander and chilli in a medium pot or wok and leave to come to a simmer with the lid off. This will just sit there getting more flavourful as you prep the rest of the soup.

Place the reserved cooking stock into a pan and reduce the liquid to half. Taste it … You want it quite hot with spice and a nice salt hit with the fragrant flavours coming through. Add more soy sauce for saltiness if needed.

Have your roasted vegetables ready, the baby spinach rinsed and ready, the sliced shallots ready.

Slice the lamb into pieces that will be a mouthful or two.

Cook your noodles as per instructions on the packet, taking note that they do not use salted water. Reduce the cook time by 1 minute. As soon as the timer goes off, drain the noodles and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Now you are ready to compile this delicious soup…

Remove the shallots, leek, coriander and chilli from the chicken broth.

Using a strainer, dunk a handful of noodles into the broth and then place into a bowl. Repeat for the amount of bowls you are making.

Dunk the roasted vegetables into the broth and divide evenly among the bowls.

Place the baby spinach directly in the bowls.

The lamb will probably be quite warm still so place it directly into the bowls (dunk in the chicken broth if stone cold)

Pour over the chicken broth, add 3 tablespoons or more of the cooking stock over the top of each bowl and sprinkle on the sliced shallots.

Serve immediately.

If you feeling so inclined, drizzle over some of your favourite chilli oil for extra punch 🙂

Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup
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Recipe type: Noodle Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
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Serves: 8
 
Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup - Packed full of smack in the face flavours, this is a labour of love, but it's so worth it.
Ingredients
Lamb spice rub:
  • Leg of lamb, deboned and cut into 3 or 4 smaller chunks
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds – dry roasted and then roughly ground
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds – dry roasted and then roughly ground
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbs cornflour
Cooking liquid:
  • ¼ cup oil – neutral flavoured
  • 2 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 cloves garlic, cut into quarters
  • 5cm / 2inch fresh ginger, sliced into 5 pieces
  • 3 red chillies, cut length ways in half
  • 1 tbs cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper, ground
Soup:
  • 4 cups of quality chicken stock
  • 3 leaves of cabbage
  • 1 leek, sliced in half and washed well
  • 4 coriander roots with stems, bruised
  • 1 red chilli, keep whole but cut a couple of slits into it to release the flavour and some heat
  • 4 shallots, 2 sliced on a diagonal and 2 used in the soup broth
  • Roasted vegetables – I used pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato cut into a mouthful or two sizes.
  • Handful of baby spinach
  • ramen noodles or other asian wheat noodle – aim for a handful of cooked noodles per person
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients of the spice rub together and then rub all over the lamb. Leave to marinate for at least a couple of hours in the fridge. Ideally do this the night before so it’s ready to pop into your slow cooker in the morning.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients of the cooking liquid into your slow cooker and turn on low.
  3. Brown the spice rubbed lamb with a bit of oil on all sides and place in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook for 6-7 hours on low. Turn the lamb over at about the 3 hour mark.
  5. Once cooked, remove the amazingly tender lamb and set aside in a bowl. Reserve the cooking liquid.
Soup construction:
  1. Heat the chicken stock, cabbage leaves, 2 shallots, leek, coriander and chilli in a medium pot or wok and leave to come to a simmer with the lid off. This will just sit there getting more flavourful as you prep the rest of the soup.
  2. Place the reserved cooking stock into a pan and reduce the liquid to half. Taste it … You want it quite hot with spice and a nice salt hit with the fragrant flavours coming through. Add more soy sauce for saltiness if needed.
  3. Have your roasted vegetables ready, the baby spinach rinsed and ready, the sliced shallots ready.
  4. Slice the lamb into pieces that will be a mouthful or two.
  5. Cook your noodles as per instructions on the packet, taking note that they do not use salted water. Reduce the cook time by 1 minute. As soon as the timer goes off, drain the noodles and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  6. Now you are ready to compile this delicious soup…
  7. Remove the shallots, leek, coriander and chilli from the chicken broth.
  8. Using a strainer, dunk a handful of noodles into the broth and then place into a bowl. Repeat for the amount of bowls you are making.
  9. Dunk the roasted vegetables into the broth and divide evenly among the bowls.
  10. Place the baby spinach directly in the bowls.
  11. The lamb will probably be quite warm still so place it directly into the bowls (dunk in the chicken broth if stone cold)
  12. Pour over the chicken broth, add 3 tablespoons or more of the cooking stock over the top of each bowl and sprinkle on the sliced shallots.
  13. Serve immediately.

 

Spicy Cumin Lamb Noodle Soup

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