The sixth recipe I made for French Fridays with Dorie, from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table cookbook, was Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, found on pages 98-100. This group started in October with the first five recipes chosen by Dorie herself. I had completed four of them, so here is the last one for October, a little out of order, but nonetheless sincere as this was a really great soup!
Ingredients include: Star Anise, coriander seeds, white peppercorns, onion, garlic, fresh ginger, dried red chiles, chicken broth, unsweetened coconut milk, brown sugar, salt, chicken breast meat, Chinese noodles, lime juice (and I left out fish sauce, replacing it with soy sauce as we do not care for fish sauce, and I replaced the cilantro with chives for the same reason). There were also some "optional garnishes" so I dotted Hoisin Sauce on the top, delicious!
I just love really good soup for lunch, and this would be a really good soup to make time and again. It has a spicy fun kick to it that feels refreshing and fresh. The flavors together are excellent.
It looks complicated with all the ingredients, but it definitely is not, just took a bit for me to get all the ingredients located in the same place at the same time. Definitely worth it, definitely a repeat.
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