Try out this nourishing and healthy Asian-inspired cabbage soup chockful of fresh vegetables with strong flavor cues from pho.
Cabbage soup gained popularity through the ‘cabbage soup diet’, a radical short-term weight loss diet through the consumption of low-calorie cabbage soup for a seven-day period.
While the diet was written off as a fad diet, cabbage soup as a natural diuretic is beneficial to the health outside the confines of a diet and should not be dismissed by mere association. So today, let’s make some Asian-inspired cabbage soup.
It’s a flavorful and healthy an easy savory vegetable soup to put together with cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, celery and fresh basil. Pair that with a lightly savory and sour broth flavored with onions and garlic, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, soy sauce and fried shallots.
The cabbage soup is slightly improvised to add a flair of Asian flavors to the broth, inspired by both Vietnamese pho and Malaysian soto. It tasted great! The spices really work to bring a little something special to what is essentially a boring vegetable soup.
I’m pretty happy with this creation so if you ever find yourself in need of using up a whole head of cabbage or just want something different, try this healthy soup and see if it works for you.