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The fastest Lunch idea ever is the good old cup-a-soup. Due to the simplicity of this dish, it totally qualified to be on my quick and simple lunch idea list you can find in “Never buy lunch again, make ityourself with these great ideas”.
I bought some Tupperware containers resembling a cup size, but also sometimes take it in my porridge container for a more filling lunch or when I want more noodles and perhaps some added veggies. I prepare a couple ahead and keep them in the fridge at work.
Ingredients make 1:
1 tsp Misopaste
½ packet Dashi soup mix
1 spring onion
1 fresh or dried Birdseye chili
80 gr tofu, smoked or regular
Vermicelli rice noodles
½ tsp dried seaweed
1 dash fish sauce
1tbs coriander, chopped
So the only thing that might be unusual in this is the Dashi, which is just a Japanese version of soup stock powder. Mine is bonito fish flavoured. It is not fishy at all but adds flavour to your cup-a-soup.
Best place to find them is in a Japanese food shop, same goes for the dried seaweed. You can also cut a sushi algae sheet, which is available in high street supermarkets, if you have troubles finding it.
Firstly you will need to break the vermicelli into small pieces so they fit in your cup and are easy to eat. It is all about simplicity, so my assumption is to eat with a spoon. I would suggest putting the desired amount in a Ziploc bag, take a rolling pin and bash them, but make sure there is an open gap, so the air can escape. I, of course didn’t think about it and bashed them in their thin packaging, causing a little explosion with little noodle bits everywhere. If you take them out and try to break them up, they might go all over. Well it is called trial and error for a reason.
All you have to do after is cube the tofu, finely chop the spring onion and chili. I stack the cup with noodles, then Miso and then the rest. Once you made it by the recipe, you might want to adjust flavour or experiment a bit youself to adjust it to your preferred taste.
If I make a bigger container I add some of the stir Fry Veggie Pack to give a bit more oomph. The veggies will soften a bit but still leave a crunch, always buy the stir fry veggie pack, to get a nice variety.
Now all you have to do is add boiling water, cover and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Since you can keep it for a couple days in the fridge without a problem it is the optimal lunch and I hope you enjoy!