Friday, October 15, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

This week, I really did have a French Friday with Dorie.  I had planned on making this Vietnamese chicken noodle soup yesterday, but there was a certain ill-timed nap before my dance class (which I signed up for in a moment of temporary insanity in which I forgot that I am terrible dancer), and I never got to it.  As it turns out, I probably could have thrown this together last night.  This soup, which has a surprisingly deep, complex flavor, came together very quickly and easily.


cilantro, limes, shredded chicken

I was very excited about making this soup because I adore pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup with a rich, delicious broth.  Perhaps I set my expectations a bit too high, but I didn't love this as much as I thought I would (or as much as Andrew professed to love it while eating his second bowl).  The fact that I over-poached my chicken, making it tough, did not help.  That being said, I liked this very much.  The flavors of garlic, ginger, and star anise made a delicious base for the broth, and the coconut milk gave it a touch of richness.  Because I have had a bad experience with (probably low quality) fish sauce in the past, I ended up using less than half of what the recipe called for, and I thought that gave it a nice, subtle touch of salty flavor.  We topped our bowls of soup with sriracha (because we are a spicy food loving household), and we both thought the added heat was a perfect finish.

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

To see how everyone else liked their Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, head over here.

3 comments:

  1. Yours turned out well. We found that it was more flavourful the second day than it had been the first.

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  2. For an easy soup, this was a great one. We ate it over two days, like onewetfoot and it was better the second day.

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  3. I agree with both of you. I had a bowl for lunch today and I enjoyed it more. If I make this again, I think that I will try the curry version.

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