asian coconut cabbage soup

Well hello! How are you guys today? I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. What I also can’t believe is that my first final exam is one week from tomorrow! I have zero game plan for how I’m going to get everything done for school that I need to before then… I should probably get on that.

In usual Elle fashion, I’ve been avoiding schoolwork by cooking this week. I feel like this is beneficial for everyone. I get a breather from school, you get a yummy new recipe! Anyway, I bought a head of cabbage to make (and perfect) my pad thai earlier this week and had half a head of cabbage left over. For any of you who have ever bought and shredded a cabbage before, you know you end up with 10+ cups of the stuff. I didn’t have the heart to throw it out a perfectly good vegetable, so I turned it into a delicious and super healthy Asian Coconut-Cabbage Soup.


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The key players in this soup: cabbage, green onion (divided), sweet potato and brown rice noodles.

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I get my brown rice noodles at Whole Foods since some, if not most, regular grocery stores won’t carry it.

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I used basic ingredients in my pantry to make the broth: soy sauce, light coconut milk (always keep a can on hand), brown sugar, red pepper flakes and salt.

I started by sauteeing some green onions (the light green ends) and grated ginger in a little peanut oil.

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After a couple of minutes, I added some water, brought it to a boil and then tossed in chopped sweet potato, which cooked for 8 minutes or so.

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Once the potatoes were tender, I added the cabbage, the remaining green onions, coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and a squeeze of lime.

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Everything simmered for just 5 more minutes. I added the rice noodles and oila, a delicious Asian Coconut-Cabbage Soup.

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I ate the entire pot in a matter of 3 days, if that tells you how much I liked it.

This was a taste-and-add kinda recipe. I kept adding things until my tastebuds were happy.


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Have a fabulous day!

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  • Had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious and so easy to make, even for someone who doesn’t venture out without a recipe… Ever. Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow! Thanks for the meal!

  • Oh dear! Putting together my list for groceries to grab after work, which I can do with what’s here but I’m going to need the recipe for this dish later… wish I were handy enough to make up the proportions of each ingredient as I go along but I’m not!

    Thanks Elle!


    • I usually regret modifying a recipe. Not this time! My toddler was yelling “This is my favorite!” Added baked tofu pieces, broccoli, shitake mushrooms, veggie broth (vs water), and a tablespoon of red curry paste. I ate three bowls!!!

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  • That looks sooo good. I love soups with rice noodles.. totally making this soon now that it’s finally getting colder in the southeast. I think almost everything has gluten in it, unless it specifically says its gluten free, right? I had a roommate with celiac and she couldn’t even use regular ketchup or salad dressing.. I guess condiments have hidden gluten in the ingredients by another name?

    • Most things containing gluten should mention ‘wheat’ on the label, although it may not be if it’s present in a very low amount. Many foods are gluten-free although they are not labeled that way, generally all dairy, meat, juice, and produce. Most ketchups should be gluten-free (I’ve never heard of one that isn’t), although many salad dressings may not be. Perhaps your roommate had some other undiagnosed food allergy or intolerance? It’s also possible that ingredients labeled as ‘natural flavors’ or ‘spices’ on a product are not gluten-free.

  • Sounds delicious! I definitely plan on trying this soon. However, please note that most soy sauces (including Trader Joe’s I believe) contain wheat and are NOT gluten free. I think Kikkoman now makes a gluten-free soy sauce from rice flour that could be used to make this recipe truly GF.

    • Thanks for the info about the soy sauce – I had no idea most had gluten! I looked at mine and didn’t see wheat but I’ll double check and note that in my recipe!

    • GAH, you’re right! I don’t know how I missed that. I’ve edited the post and linked to the GF soy sauce you mentioned. THANKS!!!

  • i’m also a student who is currently avoiding my work :) this soup looks wonderful, thanks for the recipe. i’m going to try and make this soon.

  • Perfect soup for a cold winter night! Good luck with the studying! I’m really good at putting things off, that I particularly don’t want to do. Sheesh! I need to write them down on a piece of paper, so I’m constantly staring at it and cannot avoid it. Have a Happy December 1st! ;)