Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Typical Asians we are. Typically then it has to be rice or noodles we love or rather must have. Rice as you know must be teamed with two dishes at least (prawn mango curry or pepper mango fish curry) whereas noodles, one wholesome-complete meal (minced chicken mee hoon soup and Cantonese seafood yee mee). Asian style noodles are pretty much about the same - from the spicy to non-spicy and from the veg to non-veg. Whichever it is. must be eaten with lots of chillies. Otherwise doomed. Vietnamese noodle soup/pho primarily made with beef or chicken but for my other half, both has and will always be a taboo. So the pho localised for our taste with lamb. Here it comes - rice noodles with crispy crunchy lamb, topped with red chillies, bean sprouts and herbs, ladled with the soup and paired with red chillies in soy sauce. 
For the lamb
300g minced lamb
½ tbsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
A pinch of salt

Other ingredients
litre vegetable stock
Spices – 1 stick cinnamon, 1 star anise and 3 cloves
3-4 sprigs Thai basil leaves – only the leaves 
2-3 sprigs of spring onions – sliced
2-3 sprigs of coriander leaves – sliced
½ cup bean sprouts – cleaned and blanched
Rice noodles (as needed) – blanched to soften
Black pepper and salt for taste
Drops of sesame oil
3 tbsp oil

For the dipping Sauce
3-4 red chillies
3 garlic – chopped
2 tbsp sweet soya sauce
1 lime – extract juice
** Combine all together

Mix lamb with the ingredients as listed above. 
Heat oil and fry lamb till crispy and crunchy while breaking to avoid from sticking together
Remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, sauté spices.
Pour in stock, season with salt and pepper and let it simmer.
Meanwhile, assemble noodles with crispy lamb, bean sprouts and herbs. 
When soup is heated through, ladle over the assembled noodles. 
Drizzle sesame oil and serve with chilli garlic dipping sauce.
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  1. Nice guest post...read it...ur soup sounds super delicious...

  2. Hi Nava, excellent guest post. Your Vietnamese noodle soup look very inviting and delicious. Nice presentation. Will hop over to Gheza to check out your recipe.

    Best regards.

  3. very flavorful soup Nava and good guest post. you rocks.

  4. Heard of this soup but nvr tasted before... Yours looks very tempting n beautiful presentation... Love the first click so much

  5. I like the dipping sauce with the lime juice, i bowl of noodle with the sauce can make us satisfied.

  6. Soup looks very nice and colorful.

  7. Nava the soup looks so drool worthy ...will hop over for recipe.

  8. Absolutely tempting! Your photos are beautiful!!

  9. never heard about this soup nava.. thanks for sharing..

  10. Excellent guest post.. Soup looks delicious.. Really love the way the props are used..

  11. Thanks Nava for being a part of the ramadan celebration. Loved your recipe & was great to know more about you.

  12. Nava great soup, You are indeed a great friend. Friends in virtual world a awesome bonding

  13. Soup looks very tempting and coloful, nice post dear will hop over for the recipe....

  14. so much herbs on top to brink that wonderful aroma and essence...love this noodle soup

  15. Soup looks delicious Nava. Over to humi's for the recipe!

  16. I love your simple recipes because I myself like to cook and share simple recipes. This is wonderful soup.

  17. Great and tasty soup Nava...looks delicious!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  18. did see the guest post and it was an awesome soup... as usual, ur pics are stunning... :)

  19. lovely guest post..looks so healthy and colorful...

  20. Loved the delicious looking soup & the lovely guest post :)

  21. Am looking forward to more guest post! This is lovely and making me look forward to my HCMC trip.

  22. Oh we have seen noodle soups here in the chinese counters with loads of soya sauce and chilli sauce, LOL. This looks absolutely delicious :)


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