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Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup recipe is quick and easy to make but results in an authentic Chinese chicken soup. Mushrooms, onion and scallion are used for texture and flavor and chicken bouillon is used as the soup base. Cellophane noodles are made from the starch of mung beans, water and often potato starch or canna starch. They are usually wide and flat. Cellophane noodles are also known as bean thread noodles, glass noodles or bean threads.

You can use whatever mushrooms you like in this chicken noodle soup recipe but shiitake mushrooms give a particularly nice earthy flavor so choose those if they have them in the store. Compared to some other Chinese soup recipes this one requires very few ingredients, so make each one count and use good quality produce. As well as the chicken, mushrooms and noodles, you will need onion, chicken stock and some green onions for garnish, making this a very simple, almost rustic soup, but something that will satisfy your hunger and please your palate.

Many of us, perhaps most of us, have a special place in our hearts for chicken noodle soup, but if you fancy a slight change to the Western recipe you are perhaps more familiar with, consider this Chinese take on the recipe. None of the ingredients are non-Western, but using cellophane noodles and garnishing the soup with green onions does add that Asian twist to both the flavor and also to the presentation. So if you are looking for a delicate, tasty soup which is not necessarily strong, rich or spicy, this one might be the one to choose.

Simple Chinese Soup with Noodles
Summary: Simple and delicious, this Chinese soup calls for noodles, chicken and stock, along with onion, mushrooms and green onions, for an aromatic and very tasty result.
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
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  • 2 oz cellophane noodles
  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 6 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Green onions, for garnish
  1. Cook the chicken breast in the stock for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken and cut it into chunks.
  3. Soak the noodles in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain them and cut into 2 inch pieces.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the mushrooms and onion.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken and cook for one minute.
  8. Add this mixture to the broth.
  9. Add the noodles and season to taste.
  10. Garnish with the green onions.

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The best thing about this tasty soup is its simplicity. Apart from the chicken and vegetables, you just need noodles and some green onions for garnish. We used soba noodles to make the soup, as you can see, but cellphane noodles are more delicate and suit the flavor of the soup especially well. You can cut the chicken into chunks or, if you prefer, slivers, and consider changing the vegetables for others. The main flavor of the soup comes from the chicken and also the broth, so enjoy you are using good quality ingredients to make it.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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