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Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

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The key to any chicken soup is the broth, and this vietnamese inspired chicken noodle soup is no difference. Charring the ginger and onion does sound rather an unnecessary  undertaking but it’s this addition, along with toasted spices, which makes a beautifully rich and aromatic broth.

Serves 6
1 large onion, sliced in half
2 large thumb-sized pieces of ginger
1 small free range organic chicken
4 cloves
2 star anise
3 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp fish sauce
200g rice noodles
1/2 red onion, finely sliced wafer thin
1 red chilli
a small handful of mint
a small handful of basil
a small handful of coriander
a bunch of spring onions, finely sliced
2 limes, cut into quarters
Sea salt to season

Place the onion and ginger on a grill tray and place under a hot grill to char on all sides. The onion should be soft and slightly caramalised. Remove from the grill and add to a pot with the chicken and toasted cloves, star anise and coriander seeds. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool before removing the skin and shredding the meat.

Add the fish sauce, bring the remaining liquid back to the boil and then lower the heat and simmer for a further 40 minutes until the flavour has intensified. Season with sea salt to taste. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and skim any fat from the top once it settles.

Place the broth back in the pot and bring to the boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until soft. Serve the noodles and broth in deep bowls and top with the shredded chicken, mint leaves, basil leaves, coriander leaves, red onions, spring onion and a wedge of lime. Slurping is a completely necessary part of devouring this soup.

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Long-life Noodles

This noodle recipe is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. In fact they are so tasty they are a regular quick meal for me! There are many varieties of noodles to choose from, and really you can you use any you like here, but I prefer the thinner ones, which cook very quickly.

Serves 4
250g noodles
1 tbsp sunflower oil
250g prawns, shelled and deveined
head Chinese cabbage, finely shredded
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 carrots, finely sliced
1 thumb-sized piece ginger, finely sliced
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli oil
2 tbsps sesame seeds, toasted
3 spring onions, finely sliced
Small handful coriander

Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, drain and rinse with a little cold water. Set aside. Heat the wok over a high heat with a little sunflower oil and add the prawns, cooking very briefly for about one minute each side. Remove from the wok and set aside.

Put the wok back over a high heat, add a little sunflower oil and stir-fry the ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds. Add the carrots, Chinese cabbage, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil and chilli oil.

Stir-fry until the carrots are tender but still have a bit of crunch. Add the noodles and prawns and toss to combine. Serve straight away with a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds, sliced spring onions and coriander leaves.

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Healthy Singapore Noodles

Singapore noodles are a standard Chinese restaurant dish, but making them at home is so easy and it also means you can monitor what’s going in to them, adding whatever healthy vegetables you feel like. The addition of curry powder to this dish not only brings a new flavour to it, but it coats the noodles and gives a great texture to every bite.

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Teriyaki Salmon with Noodles

Salmon is an extremely healthy ingredient to cook with. It’s low in calories, has immune system boosting properties and contains omega-3 essential fatty acids which the body does not naturally produce. If you have any leftovers, this tasty sauce can also be used tossed through a crunchy Asian salad.

Makes 2 portions
2 salmon fillets skinned
3 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce
150g of egg noodles
A small handful of sesame seeds
1 red chilli deseeded and chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic chopped finely
5 tablespoons of soya sauce
1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
The juice and zest of 1 lime

Slice the salmon into bitesize chunks and place in a bowl with the teriyaki sauce.  Cover and place in the fridge to marinate. While the salmon is marinating prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Cook the noodles according to instructions on the packet, drain and toss with a little bit of sesame oil and sesame seeds. In a small sauce pan fry the chilli and garlic in the vegetable oil over a high heat for approximately 2 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, soya sauce, lime juice, zest and sesame oil and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and allow the sauce to bubble away gently for about 6-8 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, in a large frying pan fry the salmon pieces in a little vegetable oil over a medium heat until browned on all sides.

Serve the salmon pieces on top of the noodles and drizzle over the teriyaki sauce.

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Chili Chicken Broccoli Asparagus Noodles

This simple little stir fry is an easy little dinner.  The key when stir frying is to do all the preparation before you start to cook.  Make sure to have your wok almost smoking hot when you start to fry.

Serves 2
2 large chicken breasts
1 red chili, chopped finely
Thumb sized piece of ginger, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves chopped finely
2 Tablespoons of oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
8 asparagus, cut in to bite size pieces
1 broccoli head, cut in to bite size pieces
1 red onion, cut in half moon pieces
200g of Ho Fan noodles

First of all you will find with most Chinese recipe’s the hard work is all in the preparation before the cooking starts. Boil some water for the noodles and begin by chopping all your ingredients.

Chop the chicken breasts into thin strips and place in a bowl with the chili, oyster sauce, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and half the garlic and ginger. Combine the ingredients and place in the fridge to marinate.

Drizzle the prepared broccoli, asparagus and onion with a little oyster sauce and sesame oil. Fry the garlic and ginger in some oil until brown then add the onions and follow with the rest of the veg. When this is cooked through remove from the pan and place on a plate.

Now add the noodles to the boiling water and stir, they should only take about five minutes, keep checking them and make sure not to overcook. Now fry off the chicken, when it’s cooked add the veg and by this time your noodles should be cooked. Drain them and mix with the chicken and veg. Serve immediately!

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