Nhi Mundy of Bà & Me in Mountaindale, New York, shares her fabulous Vietnamese Chicken Egg Noodle Soup with us! The homemade broth is my FAVORITE part!


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SERVES 4

For the broth:
water
1/4 cup salt
1 large piece ginger (about 5 inches long x 3 inches wide)
1 large white onion, whole
2 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried clove
4 star anise pods
1 whole large organic chicken, prewashed
1/4 cup Chinese rock sugar
fish sauce, to taste

For the soup:
1 package fresh egg noodles (about 4 to 8 servings per package)
1 bunch broccoli rabe stalks cut in 3- to 4-inch pieces
leg and thighs of chicken from broth
1/4 cup sesame oil

Soup garnish:
bean sprouts
white onions, thinly sliced
thinly sliced scallions
crispy shallots/onions (we used store-bought)
  1. FOR THE BROTH: Fill a large 12-quart pot with cold water and salt, leaving 2 to 3 inches at top for ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Concurrently, take 1 large ginger and 1 whole white onion and bake 375oF for 30 minutes.
  4. Add ginger and onion into the boiling water.
  5. Add cinnamon, clove, and star anise pods to water.
  6. Add whole chicken to water.
  7. Turn off the stove and cover pot. Let all ingredients rest in the pot for 1 hour. (The chicken will cook slowly in a gentle heat to ensure a good, clean broth.)
  8. Remove chicken from pot, and let sit until warm.
  9. Add Chinese rock sugar and fish sauce to broth to taste.
  10. Note: Broth should be slightly salty and flavorful to compensate for the addition of other ingredients in noodle soup that will neutralize the flavor.
  11. FOR THE SOUP: Boil fresh egg noodles per package directions, add to 4 single-serving bowls.
  12. Boil broccoli rabe for 2 to 3 minutes. Add to 1 to 2 stalks per bowl.
  13. Add sliced poached chicken to bowl.
  14. Drizzle sesame oil in each bowl.
  15. Pour 2 cups of broth into each bowl.
  16. Garnish with bean sprouts, thinly sliced onions, and scallions.
  17. Sprinkle crispy shallots and cracked black pepper on top.

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Nhi Mundy of Bà & Me in Mountaindale, New York, shares her fabulous Vietnamese Chicken Egg Noodle Soup with us! The homemade broth is my FAVORITE part!
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