Friday, October 15, 2010
FFWD: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
Tonight was this pot of deliciousness. I was worried that this would be really spicy and I knew my husband wouldn't eat it if it was, so I didn't put in the dried chillies. Also, necessity is the mother of invention. I didn't buy cheese cloth or twine because I knew I had some. Ha! I couldn't find either one, so I used my tea ball for the spices and tied a bundle of cilantro stems with mint dental floss and tossed it into the pot. I used a whole star of anise and at the end I added the juice of two limes. We could taste the subtle licorice taste of the anise and the cilantro and the lime really added some good flavor. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts but next time I will use the bone in chicken for added flavor. My husband loved this soup, my daughter gave it a so-so and I think it was very good. I wasn't feeling very good when I came home from work but a bowl of this soup worked wonders settling my stomach and putting me to rights. I will make it again. Thanks Dorie for the recipe and Laurie for the blog.