Green Tea, Tofu, Noodle & Cress Soup

Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Number of Servings: 
Serves 4
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  • 4 Sencha green tea bags or 1 12 Tbsp Sencha green tea leaves
  • 1 14 inches fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 oz egg noodles
  • 10 oz silken tofu, drained and cubed
  • 5 oz bok choy or spring greens, shredded
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp red or white miso paste (preferably not sweet)
  • 12 tsp sesame oil
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 12 tsp nanami togarashi (chile pepper), to garnish
  • Handful of shiso (Japanese basil) and mustard cress, to garnish
  • Sea salt and white pepper


  1. Put 6 cups of water in a large saucepan with the green tea bags or leaves and ginger, and heat until water is about to bubble.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pan, cook noodles according to package directions, then drain.
  3. Remove tea infusion from heat and let steep for 4 minutes, then discard tea bags or strain and discard leaves (keep ginger in the infusion).
  4. Return pan to burner and add tofu, bok choy, and soy sauce. Cook gently over low heat for 4 minutes. Siphon off 12 cup of the liquid and mix it with the miso paste in a small cup. Pour back into soup, along with sesame oil and scallions, and heat through. Season to taste with sea salt and white pepper.
  5. Divide noodles into bowls, pour soup over, and garnish with nanami togarashi, shiso, and mustard cress.