French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

October 15, 2010

Welcome to week trois of French Fridays with Dorie. This week’s recipe, selected by Dorie herself, is Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. Why Vietnamese? Vietnam is a former colony of France, so it’s not uncommon to find Vietnamese restaurants in France. So what’s in the soup? Onion garlic, ginger, whole spices (those are removed before serving), fish sauce, coconut milk, lime juice, Chinese egg or rice noodles, and chicken that’s been poached in the broth and then shredded. That’s not the whole ingredient list, but you get the gist.

This soup was awesome! It also wasn’t difficult to make. I’m not a huge fan of shredding chicken, but even that step didn’t take that long. The combination of flavors was delicious; if you like Asian flavors, you’ll probably like this soup. We did!

My Notes

  • I improvised on some of the spices, according to what I had on hand.
  • I did not use cilantro, but I did add some chopped flat-leaf parsley at the end of cooking.
  • I used light coconut milk.
  • I used rice noodles.
  • I served this with basil and hoisin sauce. Finally a use for the jar of hoisin sauce that was sitting in my pantry!

The French Fridays with Dorie group is not publishing recipes. We all have a copy of Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan and you should too!

Just so you know…I’m not going to make the next two FFwD recipes, but I will be back in November with more!


  1. Your soup looks great. Glad you enjoyed it.
    I’ve already made the next two recipes and they are both easy and delicious. I hope you get around to them.

  2. I thought this was fairly simple too. Looks good!

  3. Looks wonderful, Jill!! I just loved this one! 🙂

  4. Your soup looks great….I am glad you liked it too.

  5. nice serving square dish too!

  6. I have a jar of that hoisin sauce too. Think I’ll give this a try. p.s. Love your granite countertops.

  7. Okay, I really should get to this…yours looks so wonderful and I am very interested in how all the flavors work together. Lovely photo of it and great dish to put it into.

  8. Hi Jill, your soup looks great! Like you, I substituted this and that for what I had in my pantry. Hoisin sauce sound slike a great add-in too.

  9. Your soup looks amazing!!!!!

  10. You did a great job with the soup!

  11. Your soup looks delicious – I love the basil accent! =)
    I’m not a fan of shredding chicken either – I asked the Beau to shred the chicken! Your white bowl of soup looks beautiful against your countertop!

  12. I loved the soup too! Shredding chicken is kind of gross, good thing it didn’t take too long.

  13. Improvisation is always good. I am looking for some of the ingredients so I can finally make this.

    looks tasty.

  14. This looks delicious, and would definitely not be a nice change from the same old things I make over and over!

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