I think you are looking for Saimin
, thin pasta in a broth with various add-ons.
Saimin means "Thin Noodles" in Cantonese Chinese. It means thin noodles in Samoan too
It has been in Samoa so long that it is definitely a local food.
The most common noodle is the thin soft wheat egg noodles.
But also Japanese soba (buckwheat flour noodles) or the almost clear rice noodles can be used.
All are available in large groceries in the Asian section.
For the lazy cook you buy the packages and add hot water and stir ... Mmm, pretty good.
Maybe your firends pop a few packages with spices into a pot and boil and add a few ingredients. It tastes good to supplement the commercial saimin noodles. And a proud friend might not admit to making it this way.
But for the gourmet, better make your own.Saimin (Samoan Noodle Soup, slightly asian style)
4 quarts water
1 tablespoon salt
1 (8-ounce) package dry pasta. (Egg Flour, Rice or Japanese soba noodles)
4 cups soup stock if you have it, chicken broth or throw in a boullion cube.
If you have some chicken on the bone, cook it with the noodles after you darain off the water to make some soup, add a touch of salt and pepa you have broth
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Toppings you like or have on hand ...
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add 4 quarts of water and salt; bring to a boil. Add noodles and boil 6 minutes until soft.
Remove from heat, drain pasta.
In a pot over medium-high heat, add soup to noodles.
Reduce heat to low. Add soy sauce and your favorite toppings; simmer for 5 minutes longer or until toppings are cooked. Remove from heat.
Place cooked noodles in a large soup bowl; spoon broth mixture (with toppings) over the top and serve.
Makes 3 to 4 servings.
Topping Ideas- use what you like!:
Baked ham slices
Roast Pork slices
Shredded green cabbage,
Chopped bok choy
Scrambled or fried egg
sliced green onions or scallions
Cooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined
Corned beef ...
Some one else have a way to recommend?
Sometimes I have had it almost dry, like a stir-frying the clear rice noodles after they are cooked with the other ingredients. It is all good!