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Chicken Noodle Soup – Kran Style

After the mayhem of our wedding week, Nina began to feel one of her mysterious “sick” feelings coming on. So like a good husband does, I decided to whip up a quick chicken soup for her.

Only one problem, I had no idea how to make chicken soup! A quick trip to google landed me a couple of interesting recipes, but i decided to use a Jamie Oliver one as a base, and then do my usual thing of embellishing the hell out of it.

Anyways, the final recipe went a little something like this:


  • 1 small whole chicken (1-1.5kg)
  • 2 sticks lemon grass (bashed and bruised)
  • 1 piece ginger (finely sliced)
  • 1 whole head of garlic cut in half (no need to peel)
  • 1 red onion (leave unpeeled)
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • soy sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • about 200g tamarind
  • brown sugar
  • 4 birds eye chilis
  • fish sauce
  • rice noodles
  • baby bok choy


  1. remove the coriander leaves from the stalks and reserve for later.  Chop up the stalks
  2. Roughly chop 2 of the birds eye chilis and finely slice the other two.
  3. Place the chicken in a big stockpot and add the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, coriander stalks, roughly chopped chilis, tamarind, splash of soy, and a dash of oyster sauce
  4. fill the pot with water and make sure the chicken is fully covered.  Weigh the chicken down with something if you need to eg. a smaller lid, a saucer etc
  5. Bring the pot to the boil and then simmer on low heat for about 1hr 15mins (or until the chicken is cooked)
  6. Remove the chicken and shred with a fork
  7. Mash the ingredients remaining in the stock pot
  8. Add a dash of fish sauce and a bit of brown sugar to the broth.  Taste and adjust as you like
  9. Strain the stock through a sieve and then return the clear broth to a simmer.  Add the baby bock choy just before serving
  10. Prepare the rice noodles as per packet instructions and divide into soup bowls
  11. Season the noodles with a bit of soy sauce
  12. Place shredded chicken on top of noodles
  13. Pour the broth over the noodles and chicken
  14. Scatter some coriander leaves and finely sliced chilli over the top

An easy, pretty quick and very delicious meal.  And Nina’s feeling a little bit less sick already.  Coincidence?  I think not.



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