Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup

Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup
Will Budiaman


  • quart chicken stock
  • star anise
  • cinnamon stick or 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon  fish sauce
  •   One 1-inch piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 Pound  rice noodles
  •   Salt, to taste
  • bunch radish tops
  • bunch watercress
  • roasted chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 Cup  loosely packed mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Cup  loosely packed cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish

I don't like a whole lot of soup in my noodle soup; it always amazes me whenever I go out for noodle soup with a friend how much liquid the noodles are swimming in, and how everyone else can finish nearly a quart of soup on their own, down to the last drop.

So, in concocting this dish, I chose to use less soup and more noodles and greens, but that also means that you have to eat this right away, as the noodles will soak up the soup like a sponge.

This recipe makes use of a little help from the store — purchase a whole roasted chicken, pull off one of the breasts, and save the rest for another dish during the week.

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Combine the chicken stock, star anise, cinnamon, fish sauce, and ginger in a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better since it will allow the flavors to really infuse the stock).

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and boil until just cooked through. Drain.

Add the radish tops and watercress to the soup and simmer until wilted. Add the noodles, chicken breast, mint leaves, and cilantro leaves. Remove from the heat and serve garnished with additional mint and cilantro, if desired.


Calories per serving:

666 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 44g 67%
  • Carbs 475g 158%
  • Saturated 9g 45%
  • Fiber 31g 125%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 18g
  • Protein 96g 192%
  • Cholesterol 140mg 47%
  • Sodium 3,814mg 159%
  • Calcium 1,018mg 102%
  • Magnesium 370mg 93%
  • Potassium 3,537mg 101%
  • Iron 40mg 220%
  • Zinc 11mg 75%
  • Phosphorus 1,721mg 246%
  • Vitamin A 5,832IU 117%
  • Vitamin C 83mg 138%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 62%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 84%
  • Niacin (B3) 38mg 188%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 119%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 149µg 37%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 307µg 384%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 21g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 9g
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