Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins
Roasted squash and winter vegetables (such as wax beans, chard, radishes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or mushrooms) are served on a bed of noodles, then covered with a broth also made of squash and infused with roasted ginger and aromatic spices. Adapted from Chef Michael Hodgkins, Hung Ry, Manhattan. The original recipe uses 2 pounds of noodles, but I think that is too much, so use your discretion.
- 5 lbs butternut squash, peeled
- vegetable oil
- 4 inches fresh ginger, cut in half horizontally
- 10 green cardamom pods
- 5 star anise
- 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 to 4 inches long
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed
- 1 tablespoon coriander seed
- 6 -8 cups mixed vegetables (like wax beans, chard, radishes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower or mushrooms)
- 1 lb lo mein noodles
- sriracha sauce or chili oil, for serving
- Cut 4 pounds of the squash into large chunks and set aside; cut the remaining pound of squash into 1/2 inch dice.
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F; lightly oil a baking dish and roast ginger and 1 pound diced squash until soft, about 20 minutes, turning ginger and squash halfway through.
- Transfer ginger to a stockpot, add reserved squash chunks (4 pounds, not the roasted); cover with cold water so that it covers everything by 2 inches.
- Heat over medium heat to a simmer.
- In a hot skillet, toast the spices until lightly browned and fragrant; add to stockpot and slowly simmer 2 hours.
- In the meantime, prepare the winter vegetables (of your choice): cut them into bite size and blanch until tender (wax beans, chard, radishes); roast (brussels sprouts, cauliflower; sear (mushrooms).
- Once the broth is done, strain it, pressing down on the squash to obtain as much broth as possible, and discard the solids; season with salt.
- Boil the noodles in salted water and drain.
- To serve: divide noodles among the serving bowls, top with roasted squash cubes, and prepared vegetables; ladle in enough broth to just cover vegetables and serve.