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:

532 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat

Daily value:



  • Fat 16g 24%
  • Carbs 426g 142%
  • Saturated 4g 20%
  • Fiber 22g 89%
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 59g 118%
  • Cholesterol 29mg 10%
  • Sodium 3,734mg 156%
  • Calcium 547mg 55%
  • Magnesium 213mg 53%
  • Potassium 2,388mg 68%
  • Iron 11mg 61%
  • Zinc 6mg 42%
  • Phosphorus 1,113mg 159%
  • Vitamin A 389µg 43%
  • Vitamin C 86mg 143%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 44%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 73%
  • Niacin (B3) 19mg 93%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 56%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 172µg 43%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 407µg 509%
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