French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

French Fridays with Dorie is  a project involving a seemingly huge number of bloggers cooking their way through  Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours . This week’s recipe is Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. I couldn’t be happier.

It isn’t what most would imagine to be a French dish to be, but France’s involvement in Vietnam and the resulting influences on both countries cuisine could be said to make it so. This recipe is Dorie’s own mix up of pho ga (a chicken broth based soup) and la sa ga ( a coconut based curry soup). It reminds me of the traditional Pho, found in it’s many varieties across Vietnam.


Busy Hannoi ... There must be some pho nearby ...


When I traveled  in Vietnam several years back I ate Pho almost every day for breakfast, normally at roadside stalls. If your eyebrows are raised, Pho is Vietnam’s equivalent to cornflakes or toast and over the course of a month I became addicted to it. Back in London I regularly try to make my own version of it. Or else I head to Mien Tay Restaurant for a bowl. It’s got to be the best in London.


Pho ... even in the mountains of the North


So this recipe by Dorie was right up my street. I couldn’t wait to get started.


Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup


It’s an easy soup to put together and all the elements can be prepared ahead of time and assembled at the last minute. What I love about this style of soup is that you make the base and then layer all the elements on top. In Vietnam all these extras are normally served alongside the soup and it’s up to the individual to decide how much of each they want – extra herbs, beansprouts, fresh chillies, sauces etc. I’ve had a cold this week so I went crazy on the chili!


Extra Chilli and Chilli Oil on top


M couldn’t wait for me to take the photo, he had to get stuck in.


Stuck in ... more chilli please


We loved this … full of flavour and our favourite so far for French Fridays. Thanks Dorie!


Coming Up next time on French Friday  is Hachis Parmentier … comfort food if ever there was some …. Feel like joining in or making these for yourself check out Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours. As requested by Dorie recipes for this group are not republished online.

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16 Comments to “French Fridays with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup”

  1. wow, you brave soul. i went with NO chili and you went with a ton of it :)

  2. I had no idea that pho was eaten in the morning in Vietnam! Loved this soup and *love* your photos — your entire website, actually!

  3. I loved reading this, and your soup looks fabulous … love those dishes.

  4. Good photos. I could eat pho for breakfast too. Nice that you could get such fat bean sprouts in London. :)

  5. Love your pictures and blog! Really nice job.

  6. Thanks for the pho recommendation in London..I will try that next time I am there.

  7. Loved the photos – sounds like an awesome trip! And your soup looks amazing! :)

  8. I loved eating Pho for breakfast in Vietnam on those itty bitty chairs at the roadside stalls with the sea of motorbikes whizzing by – would love to go back!

  9. I like your description of this soup as “layering”. I wish I’d left the noodles out and layered them in later. I’ll remember that for next time. Lovely photos!

  10. Your soup looks so delicious–no wonder he couldn’t resist digging in! I have only made pho once, as it was such a long process and it’s easily available, but I can see myself making this one often. :)

  11. Beautiful soup! I love the red chile slices on top. The stuffier my head is, the spicier I want my soup. :)

  12. Your soup looks great. Loved your post!

  13. I agree, it so easy peasy to put together as long as u have a the pantry well stocked!!
    Looks delish…absolutely!!

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