• 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • ½ onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • ¼ pound rice noodles
  • ½ pound small uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails off
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

New flavors that could become a new family favorite
Tales of the Dinner Belle
By Brenda Stanley
Trying new things can be difficult, especially if you’ve been raised on certain staple foods. Many people in our area are meat and potatoes fans and rarely venture from that. However, I feel trying new flavors and foods can be a great way to expand your choices and you palate. My Vietnamese Noodle Soup is a flavorful and filling dish that is simple to make and loaded with delicious and healthy ingredients. In Vietnam, they call this type of soup Pho. It is a rich broth with a combination of lime, cilantro, and hoisin sauce. The soup is packed with noodles, mushrooms, and shrimp. And unlike many soups that start a meal, this one is the meal. It is both flavorful and filling. It is a great dish to introduce to your family when you want to try something different and delicious.
Belle’s Vietnamese Noodle Soup
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
½ onion, sliced very thin
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
¼ pound rice noodles
½ pound small uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails off
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
In a large pot, bring broth to a boil. Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic and hoisin. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Soak the noodles in warm water while the vegetables are simmering. When noodles are soft, drain them. Add the noodles and the shrimp to the pot and cook just until the shrimp turn pink. Add the lime juice and cilantro. Heat through and serve.