We have been selling out of the Woks of Life cookbook almost every week since we got it in! Such a great recommendation from stores team member Robin, who further introduced us to their Woks of Life Blog online!
As we cook through January, we are highlighting all of the whole spices collecting in our cabinets. This Taiwanese Beef Noodle soup uses a satchel of nine favorites and was a perfect dinner during Portland’s first snowy week, just days before the start of Lunar New Year.
Having the time to chop the veggies and toast the spices and taste the soup change + develop as you go is a luxury that makes cooking dinner feel like a date with yourself, and there's nothing more wholesome than that. This soup, like any good soup, feels like a warm hug.
I had this for the first time at a friend’s house. She’s known for hosting spontaneous dinner parties of 8 to 10 people that are always perfect – fun, simple, welcoming and just the right amount of chaos. It’s the kind of house where you walk in and immediately feel welcome and at home.
Our group is filled with dietary restrictions (gluten free and dairy no go’s), vegetarians who are occasionally pescatarians, dedicated meat eaters and kids ranging in age from 3 months to 8 years old. This soup satisfies all kinds of diners. Right up until you plop yogurt on top, it’s dairy free. Kid’s will happily eat it and the veggies hidden within. It’s gluten free (check your bouillon and Chorizo) and filling. And, most importantly, it’s quick to make!