Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup

Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup
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Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup

Will Budiaman

Peppery Vietnamese-Style Noodle Soup

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
98g
75%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Calcium, Ca
193mg
19%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
18µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Phosphorus, P
184mg
26%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
365mg
24%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
105g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Vietnamese Shopping Tip

To find the ingredients you need to cook Southeast Asian cuisine, try to find specialty grocery stores in the Asian neighborhoods in your town.

Vietnamese Cooking Tip

Southeast Asian Cuisine is about the balance of flavors between sweet and sour; hot and mild. When working with Asian chilis, the smaller ones are usually spicier. Handle with caution and care.