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
- remove the coriander leaves from the stalks and reserve for later. Chop up the stalks
- Roughly chop 2 of the birds eye chilis and finely slice the other two.
- 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
- 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
- Bring the pot to the boil and then simmer on low heat for about 1hr 15mins (or until the chicken is cooked)
- Remove the chicken and shred with a fork
- Mash the ingredients remaining in the stock pot
- Add a dash of fish sauce and a bit of brown sugar to the broth. Taste and adjust as you like
- Strain the stock through a sieve and then return the clear broth to a simmer. Add the baby bock choy just before serving
- Prepare the rice noodles as per packet instructions and divide into soup bowls
- Season the noodles with a bit of soy sauce
- Place shredded chicken on top of noodles
- Pour the broth over the noodles and chicken
- 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.