healthy easy ginger coconut soup with soba noodles

Ginger Coconut Soup with Soba Noodles

My family loves this ginger coconut soup with soba noodles.  It is comforting, hearty, and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.  The ingredients can all be prepared (washed and cut) in advance enabling this meal to be cooked in minutes.  My family loves this ginger coconut soup packed full of red bell peppers, baby bok choi, and carrots.  However, the ingredients can be easily modified easily to meet your family’s specific tastes.

Recipe serves our family of 4, with a little left over for a lunch the next day.

Ginger Coconut Soup with Soba Noodles

Ginger Coconut Soup with Soba Noodles


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 inch piece of peeled ginger root, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 red bell peppers*, diced. Reserve some strips, if serving deconstructed
  • 3 baby bok choy, washed and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, pealed and sliced into disks (optional)
  • 1 13.5-oz can coconut milk*
  • 1 8-oz packet buckwheat soba noodles
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Optional: Green onions and small red peppers for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot.  Sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  2. Add chicken and sauté until lightly browned, about 2 minutes (does not need to be fully cooked)
  3. Add chicken stock and optional carrots. Bring to a simmer
  4. In another large pot, bring water to a boil
  5. Cook the soba noodles in the boiling water until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes, then drain, quickly rinse under cold running water and drain again
  6. Toss soba noodles immediately with light soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, set aside
  7. Add bell peppers and baby bok choy to chicken stock mixture, simmer for two minutes and remove from heat and stir in coconut milk.  Reserve some bell peppers if serving soup deconstructed
  8. To serve, place a portion of noodles in a bowl.  Ladle broth with chicken, bell peppers and bok choy on top of noodles.  If using, top with green onions and small red peppers
  9. To serve deconstructed, place a portion of noodles in a bowl along with some uncooked red bell pepper slices.  Using tongs, remove some chicken and cooked bok choy from the soup broth and place alongside noodles and bell peppers.  Finally, ladle broth into a separate small bowl and serve


  1. I try to use coconut milk that does not contain any stabilizers (ie gums). The ingredients should simply read coconut milk and water.  Trader Joe’s brand of coconut milk is a good option.
  2. I choose to purchase organic red bell peppers. Read more on pesticides and produce.

A note about picky eaters

This ginger coconut soup is easily deconstructed and served with the ingredients separated for picky eaters (like my 2 year old). Research conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has shown that children have different preferences than adults for how food is served.  Read full article on plating food for kids: why deconstructed meals work.

Healthy meals for children deconstructed ginger coconut soup with soba noodles

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