Accredited Practicing Dietitian Geraldine Georgeou, together with, has developed a Study Diet that tailors to the nutritional and lifestyle needs of students. For parents of students, this is a delicious and healthy meal to whip up for your children during exam time.


  • 200g dried rice noodles, soaked in hot water until soft

  • 250g bean sprouts

  • 1.5 litres beef consommé

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 3 star anise

  • 1x 50g bulb ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 4 Asian shallots or French eschallots, peeled and sliced

  • 500g sirloin, to cut this into paper thin slices, Shabu Shabu style, ask your butcher to do this the day before you need it***

  • 2 bunches baby bok choy (300g), roughly chopped

  • 150g shimeji mushrooms, torn into bite size pieces

  • 1 lemon, quartered to serve

  • Coriander leaves to serve

  • Cracked black pepper, to serve


  • 1.

    Put the dried rice noodles into a large bowl, cover with boiling water and allow to stand for 20 minutes or until just soft, drain well. The hot broth will soften them when it is poured over at the end.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, put the consommé into a large pan with 2 cups (500ml) water, add the cinnamon, star anise, ginger, fish sauce and sugar and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Strain and return the broth to the pan, discard the spices.

  • 3.

    Put the soup back onto the heat and bring to boil. Add the shallots and thinly sliced beef, mushrooms and bok choy to the broth and simmer for 5 minutes or until the beef is just cooked.

  • 4.

    Divide the noodles and sprouts between four large soup bowls, top with the boiling soup broth. Finish with some extra bean sprouts a squeeze of lemon, coriander leaves and cracked black pepper.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 860kj
  • Fat Total 29g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 82g
  • Carbohydrate 67g
  • Sugar 13g
  • Sodium 1058mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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