Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs

Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs highlights soft, sweet shrimp in a light broth complemented by an assortment of bright, fresh herbs with a base of noodles for a thoroughly satisfying lunch or start with a Wilted Arugula Salad for a light but delicious dinner.  The fresh herbs are key ingredients and worth the effort to seek them out. Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs looks, smells and tastes so good that it will quickly become a favorite at your house.  Feel free to substitute fresh mussels or small shell clams for the shrimp.

Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs

Prep Time: 15 minutes, Total Time: 30 minutes Serves: 2.

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  • 14 oz fresh Chow Mein Noodles* or 16 oz. Shirataki Spaghetti or Angel Hair Noodles cooked, drained and cooled.
  • 2 handfuls, combined, of the following fresh herbs*, rinsed and torn into small pieces: Thai Basil, Mint, and Rau Ram. You may substitute Italian Basil for the Thai Basil and Cilantro for the Rau Ram but the taste won’t be exactly the same.
  • 3 Tbs Peanut Oil
  • 1 Tb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs finely minced Shallot
  • 1 tsp finely minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Ginger paste or finely minced Ginger
  • 1 Serrano or 2 Thai Chilis, sliced into very thin rounds
  • 1 Tb Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Sweet Mirin
  • 1 Tb Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbs Shaoxing Wine or Dry Sherry
  • 1 31-40 size Shrimp, deveined, peeled and tail removed
  • 1 qt no-salt Chicken Broth (can substitute low-sodium variety)
  • Chili Oil for optional use at the table


  1. Divide the fresh or cooked noodles into two deep serving bowls.
  2. Sprinkle half of the fresh herbs into each bowl.
  3. Combine the peanut and extra virgin olive oils in a wok or wide, deep pan over a medium high heat.
  4. Add the shallot, garlic, ginger and chilis to the wok and sauté until aromatic, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. While the aromatics are cooking, make the seasoning sauce by combining the rice vinegar, sweet mirin, soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Add the shrimp to the wok and raise the heat to high; stir-fry quickly until the shrimp just begin to turn a pale pink; do not overcook the shrimp.
  7. Pour the seasoning sauce into the wok and stir-fry quickly for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour the chicken broth into the wok and bring to a simmer.
  9. Spoon the Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs into each bowl and serve immediately. Have chili oil available at the table.

Shrimp Soup with Noodles and Herbs


  • The noodles and herbs are available in Asian supermarkets.