Vegan thai noodle soup with tofu, chilli and lime

This is our go-to dish to warm our bones if we ever get caught in the cold.

Serves 6

There was a time a few years ago when we spent a very wet few days at Green Man Festival in Wales. By the fourth day, we’d abandoned all hope of looking fashionable and were togged up in raincoats, wellies and every jumper we packed. Everything was soaking, the whole place was a mud bath and we were pretty cold and fed up.

Then we found a place doing thai soup that had steam pouring out of it. We didn’t know whether to drink the cups of warmth or just hold them. Eventually we settled for a little of both. I think that meal saved us from packing up the tent and heading home early.

As soon as we got back we set about making our own version. The criteria was simple – there’s gotta be tofu, noodles and greens, and it must warm you up after a long day outside in the rain. Here it is, in all it’s glory.


1 tbsp peanut/sesame oil

2 stalks of lemongrass, minced

2 large red chilies, sliced (whole if you like it hot, deseeded if you don’t)

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, minced

400ml coconut milk

750ml veg stock

150g rice vermicelli noodles

450g firm tofu

100g edamame beans

4 spring onions, sliced

2 pak choi, chopped

2 limes, quartered

Handful of coriander, chopped


To start, drain the tofu, wrap in a tea towel and press between two chopping boards. Sit a couple of heavy jars or cans on top. Leave for 30 minutes.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and then add the vermicelli noodles. Boil for 5-6 minutes until noodles are cooked. Drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil on medium heat.

Add the lemongrass, chillies and ginger and fry for 4 minutes.

Pour the coconut milk and stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Then reduce to a low simmer.

Cube the tofu and add to the broth with the edamame beans. After five minutes, add the pak choi and the spring onions. Cook for a minute, season to taste and serve.

Garnish with a big handful of chopped coriander, wedges of lime and a sprinkle of chilli flakes for extra heat. Then splash with soy sauce like it’s going out of fashion.

3 Responses to "Vegan thai noodle soup with tofu, chilli and lime"

  • Fiona 18/01/2017 — 9:45 pm

    Love the website! :-) I’m enjoying reading the recipes althoughh in Maltby some of the ingredients may be hard to find. I’m sure I’ll be able to find substitutes xx

    • Sam 18/01/2017 — 9:48 pm

      Thanks for letting us know you like it Fiona. We’re big fans of customising food, so chuck in whatever you can find!

    • Laura 19/01/2017 — 9:28 am

      Let us know how you get on with ingredients, if there’s anything you’re surprised you can get in Maltby for example :)


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