Spicy Noodle Soup with Bok Choy, Chili, Garlic

This recipe makes one large bowl of soup. You can easily double it for two people, or quadruple the recipe for 4 servings.
Course Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 1
Author Daytime Vegan


  • 2 cups cooked Pho Noodles/White Rice Noodles
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspon sambal
  • ½ teaspoon fried chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup bok choy roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped


  1. Cook the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. If there are no instructions, I usually boil about 4 - 5 cups of water, add the noodles, and cook for 6 – 7 minutes. DON'T DRAIN THE WATER!!
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in your large soup bowl. Once the noodles are cooked use tongs to place them in your bowl. Add some of the cooking water to the bowl. I usually add about 1 – 1 ½ cups of the noodle water. If you'd like you can heat up a cup of vegetable broth instead, but I feel like the soup already has enough flavor so water is fine for me.
  3. Stir everything around, taste for salt, and enjoy!
  4. I wanted to make this soup the way they eat it in Vietnam or Thailand. I noticed in these countries that they don't boil the greens for their soup. They place fresh, raw, greens in the bowl and pour hot broth over it. I love to eat soup this way, but if you don't then feel free to boil the bok choy in some water to soften it up.

Recipe Notes

Sometimes the rice noodles are called Rice Sticks. Sometimes you won't be able to understand any of the language on the package, so just look for fat, white, rectangular shaped noodles. I purchase my rice noodles from authentic Asian stores. The only ingredients should be Rice and Water. I would not buy any rice noodles with more than those two ingredients.

I purchase my Fried Chili Paste from Asian grocery stores as well. They usually have a ton to choose from. Sometimes I will ask an employee which one they think I should try, or I just pick a random one. You can omit this ingredient if you can't find it.