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FFwD #3: Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

Soicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Here’s post number three for French Fridays with Dorie! I liked this soup a lot and think I’ll definitely make it again! Psssssst…Buy the book!

Stuff I learned:

1. I think my broth was thinner than it looked in the cookbook photo because I used light coconut milk. I thought the taste was still wonderful, but sometime I may try it with full-on coconut milk.
2. Triple, even quadruple the cheesecloth, or there will be peppercorns floating in your soup! Luckily, I learned this early on and re-wrapped my spices/cilantro stems.
3. Thai basil is best, but normal basil will work if that’s all you have (me! me!)
4. I diced my chicken instead of shredding it — sometimes I am just lazy like that.
5. And oh yeah, you can’t really see my noodles here, but I boiled up two servings worth of frozen udon noodles for dinner and got more noodles ready when we had the leftover soup, that way, the noodles did not soak up tons of extra soup broth!
6. I added grated carrot to my soup and I sauteed my veggies before adding the broth.

On with the pictures!

Garnishes awaiting the garnishing….also on hand is Asian peppercorn-chili oil.

Single-layer wrapped spices and stems….soon to be triple-wrapped.

Finished soup topped with chopped cilantro, basil and mint!

5 comments to FFwD #3: Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

  • YUM! What I wouldn’t do to have a bowl of this soup right now. Home sick and trying to figure out what to make for dinner out of our odd kitchen assortment. Maybe I’ll have to make a trek to the market…

  • mlb

    Liz: Thanks! It was very good and pretty easy to do! Oh, and totally elitist and stuff 😉 Also, hope you feel better soon!

  • Sherry

    Hi there,
    I love your blog, but had not been here for a while. I can’t seem to find your recipes. Where could I find the recipes?

  • mlb

    Hi Sherry:
    I do normally post the recipes for everything I blog about! But, these last three recipes are from the cookbook Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan and have been posted for the event “French Fridays with Dorie.” The people doing the event have asked participants not to post the recipes online.
    My next few posts are other things though, (not from that cookbook) and I’ll definitely be posting the recipes! Thanks 🙂

  • Sherry

    Great, thanks for clarifying. I was getting worried thinking you may not be posting the recipes any more. I have cooked so many good dinners using your recipes!
    Thank you!