French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Posted in french fridays w dorie, groups, savory things, soups | 18 Comments

spicy Vietmanese chicken noodle soup

I may have skipped last week’s French Fridays with Dorie, but there was no way I was going to skip this week’s.  I crave soup went the weather gets cool, and this Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup is full of flavors I love– chiles, cilantro and coconut.

There’s a lot of flavor packed into this coconut broth, as it’s infused with ginger, cilantro stems or root, coriander, star anise and peppercorns.  I threw in some lime leaves and a bashed lemongrass stalk, too. I went heavy on the lime juice and fish sauce to give it extra twang. This is the kind of soup where, when you’re almost to the bottom, you set down your spoon and pick up the bowl to slurp up the rest of the broth and noodles.

For the recipe, see Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out my fellow francophiles’ posts!

Oh, and by the way, my friend Lauren and I went to one of Dorie’s book events in NYC the other night.  She’s so warm and she’s truly happy to meet us.  If she’s on the road near you, don’t miss her!  And she’s funny, too…if this cookbook thing doesn’t work out for her (ha!), there might be a career in stand-up waiting.


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  1. Ahhh…the peanuts look SO good. I think I was hoping mine would have more of a Thai taste. I’m thinking I need to try this recipe again … and use peanuts as a garnish! Great idea!!

  2. Your soup looks hearty, tasty, fresh and i LOVE the nutty addition.

  3. Ah, you met Dorie…so nice. Your soup looks absolutely perfect. I don’t even want to think about how you got those little red dots so uniformly formed and spaced…nope, not going to think about it or I won’t make it. YUM.

  4. Are those cashews? They, along with the chile oil and cilantro really make your soup jump off the screen. I drained my bowl too!

    • yes, anytime i make something with an asian twist, i use it as an excuse to toss cashews all over it!

  5. wow…your picture of your soup is awesome. love how the chili oil made those red dots! sounds like it was delish and i regret not making this week’s dish!

  6. Great photo! I like that you added cashews! I used some “fire” oil in ours…so I had similar “hot” drops in my soup too!!

  7. looks amazing, and love the cashews!

  8. Steph is was terrific to see you the other night at Barnes & Noble. Thanks so much for coming with Lauren. The soup looks great and I love that you added nuts — my son does that all the time.

  9. I so agree, a terrific broth , full of flavors bursting in the mouth, there is never a dull moment with these!!
    Love ur addition of the nuts and we did the same too for dinner, coz i had some leftover roasted flaked almonds from the tarts had baked and broken cashewnuts too, they are my all time fav!

    Oh am sure meeting Dorie would be absolutely warmth filled moments and i would love to , too!!

    Happy day!!

  10. I bet the nuts were a great addition!

  11. What an appetizing photo! Makes me want some.

  12. wow, yours looks even better than in the book! You made it look so beautiful. mine looked dreadful!

  13. Beautiful! It’s the first frosty morning here in Brighton – this looks like just the thing to warm me up. Can’t wait to get my copy of Dorie’s book.

  14. This soup looks ALMOST too good to eat! Not only are you a great baker but from this it looks like you’re a great cook too.

  15. Soup looks amazing. I finally made it and it is pretty tasty. Love the addition of the cashews.

  16. I love the photo! Great styling, composition….everything looks perfect! And I could so use a bowl of that spicy chicken noodle soup now.
    You’re right about Dorie. Isn’t she a great story-teller too?

  17. Looks amazing!

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