Pak Choi & Noodle Soup with Lemon Grass

Can you believe I have never attempted to cook anything with pak choi yet? This was my fist time and I really liked it’s delicate taste and smooth texture. The rest of the family enjoyed it as well, except for the little one who said it was a bit slimy.

Pak choi also called (also called bok choy) is a type of Chinese cabbage, it can be eaten raw, steamed, cooked just like any other cabbage. It’s low in calories and packed with antioxidants and vitamin C among other good things.

pak choi noodle soup recipe


  • 3 l boiling water
  • 2 vegetable cubes (10 g each)
  • 2 lemon grass stalks (crushed or cut lengthwise)
  • piece of galangal root or ginger if galangal is not available (grated or chopped finely)
  • 4 – 5 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed with side of the knife)
  • handful of shallots (peeled and halved) or onion (chopped)
  • 250 g egg noodles
  • 2 – 3 pak choi heads / about 200 g (leaves separated, washed, cut in half lengthwise)
  • 4 – 5 carrots / about 400 g (cut into sticks)
  • 3 – 4 tbs olive oil
  • light soy sauce
  • fish sauce (we used Red Boat fish sauce) – optional 
  • chilli flakes – optional 

chinese pak choi soup


  1. First place all seasonings: cubes, lemon grass, glalangal, garlic, shallots in half of the water and cook until fragrant.
  2. In meantime prepare the vegetables: carrots and pak choi.
  3. Add carrots and noodles (they will need to cook approximately 4 minutes).
  4. After 2 minutes add also pak choi and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Turn of the fire, season to taste with soy sauce and fish sauce, if using.
  6. Share to the bowls, optionally sprinkle with some chilli flakes and enjoy!

Makes 4 – 6 portions of soup. 

bok choy noodle soup recipe


If you are looking for more noodle recipes, check out this Home-made Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemongrass & SpinachMiso Noodle Soup with Fried TofuTomato & Thyme Noodle Soup with Fried Boiled EggsCurry Ramen Noodles with Turkey, Carrots & BeansEgg Noodles with Purple Broccoli and Grilled TofuHome-made Chinese Five Spice Noodles or Coconut & Peanut Butter Stir-fry Sauce.

For other pak choi recipes, take a look at Chinese Noodle Recipe with Chicken, Bok Choy & Hoisin Sauce from Cookin’ Canuck, Spicy Pak Choi with Sesame Sauce from A Mummy Too, Simple Miso Cod with Sesame Pak Choi from Kavey Eats, Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce or Tamari Silken Tofu, Asian Greens & Brown Rice from Fuss Free Flavours.

More soup recipes can be found here.

Your thoughts…

  1. I adore pak choi! Because some of our family friends were Chinese, this was a vegetable I came across during childhood, though it wasn’t so readily available in supermarkets then. We used to find it only in specialist East Asian grocery stores. These days, it’s so much easier to find. I love the contrast between the crunch of the stem and the wilted leaf! We’ve been growing some too, though we didn’t plant any last year. Hopefully this year we will again!

  2. Looks like a great recipe and one that I’ll be trying out! I love Pak Choi but for some reason I never seem to use it as much as I’d like so thank you!

  3. I really would love to make another soup with pak choi shortly and try steamed version as well… I have discovered it way too late and now I need to make up for this! :)

  4. Ooh perfect for Chinese New Year – love the flavours here and so healthy too:-)

  5. I make quite a similar recipe at home. I like how light the broth taste and lemongrass definitely adds a nice flavour to it. :)

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