Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




Spicy Lemongrass Soup

Freshii Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Spicy Lemongrass Broth:
6 cups broth
6 cups water
5 lemongrass stalks, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
4 inch piece ginger, sliced
8 star anise
2 red chilies, chopped, seeds removed from one
handful fresh cilantro, chopped
6 Keffir/lime leaves
6 fresh basil leaves

150 grams  soft tofu
4 ounces rice noodles
1 cup edamame
1/2 a stalk broccoli, sliced
3 green onions, sliced
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 carrot, shredded
handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup bean sprouts
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grape seed oil

In a medium pot, combine broth, water, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, star anise, chill peppers, cilantro, basil, and keffir leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain reserving broth. Return broth to pot and bring to a simmer. Add salt, tofu, noodles, and edamame and cook for 2 minutes.
Add broccoli and cook for 3 minutes. Remove pot from stove and add green onions, spinach, carrot, cilantro, bean sprouts, and grape seed oil. Serves 4.

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