Friday, October 15, 2010

{FFwD} Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

This French Fridays with Dorie recipe was a great experience for me. I did two things I've never done before. One, is pictured below. Dorie has you put cilantro stems, coriander seeds, star anise, and peppercorns in a cheesecloth in the stockpot. I liked how this added flavor the soup. I could see using this concept on other soups. I always lose those darn bay leaves you're supposed to remove before serving and there was that one time I pureed the darn bay leave into the pot of soup.
I must say the second new thing I did made me very very nervous. I have never cooked chicken by poaching it in a pot of soup. In my world, raw chicken stays far away from all other things and having never done this before it felt a bit icky. Would it really cook fully? Was it contaminating the soup pot with raw chicken juice?

I thought the soup was okay. There was a flavor in it that wasn't wild about and I'm not sure what it was. I think maybe it was the anise, although I normally like that flavor. My husband loved the soup and was delighted to have all the leftovers to himself. The toddler and baby both liked the soup too.


  1. This soup looks SO good and I could only imagine how fragrant your home must of smelled after making this. Mouth watering!


    Jaime and Jen Dish

  2. Your soup looks hearty, tasty, fresh and delicious!

  3. Yes, what Tia said, hearty and tasty! I would have eaten all the leftovers too. Unfortunately we had none!

    Trevor Sis. Boom.

  4. I was wondering about the anise flavor in this as I read the recipe. Now I am certain that I need to make it to see what that is all about. Yours looks wonderful and delicious. Soup weather is upon us!

  5. I have been tryn to leave a comment here quite a number of times, but dont know why it aint gng thru or maybe it did.....check check checkkkk


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