Friday, October 15, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie- Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup


 Today was a lovely, rainy day. A day that was perfect for this soup I've been looking forward to all week. Soup that was Dorie's pick for week three of French Fridays with Dorie. Soup that was probably the best soup I have ever made in my entire life. No kidding!

 

 Dorie describes this spicy soup as a mix-up of two traditional Vietnamese soups- pho ga, a clear chicken broth with noodles, and la sa ga, a curried coconut milk soup. I should probably say that it's a mix up of three different soups, as I added my own twist to the recipe and added shrimp and mushrooms. (My favorite additions to spicy noodle soup!)


 The spices were perfectly balanced and made each spoonful of soup a delight. The mint and basil leaves sprinkled on top- surprising little bursts of flavor- added just the right finishing touch!  I have to admit that I added a bit too much chili oil to my first bowl which caused a bit of momentary distress. That was short-lived though and I was much more prudent with my next one.


The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's latest book, Around My French Table.  I've made three recipes from the book so far, and have loved them all! If you'd like to see what others have done with this recipe, follow this link and enjoy!

49 comments:

  1. wow yours looks fantastic! those are some good sized prawns in there :)

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  2. I thought I ran into an Asian restaurant. :-) This looks perfectly delicious and healthy!

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  3. great idea to add the shrimp! really nice pictures, too.

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  4. Is that the same soup? It looks fabulous! Very mouthwatering.

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  5. I must agree on a rainy day there's nothing nicer than a nourishing and steaming bowl of soup!

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  6. This looks delicious! But I must ask, this recipe in a French cooking book?? But again, if it is delicious, then we could probably overlook that! Nice photos!

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  7. Wow very high praiser! I must give this a try now! I'm a huge seafood and soup fan :)

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  8. nice idea to make a prawn version!

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  9. Betty....I admit to being a little spoiled at some fabulous Asian restaurants where soups are a plenty. Was never really motivated to make my own. However, one look at your bowl of goodies...I was hooked! I totally agree with the additions you've made...shrimp adds that special fulfilling aspect that was needed.

    I certainly need to surprise my Hubby with this one.

    Thanks for sharing it with us ;)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  10. I keep meaning to join in...but sadly fall behind. This is gorgeous!

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  11. Gorgeous soup! I'm going to add shrimp to my leftovers tonight.

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  12. Well, I think I needed to go outside of the recipe and add shrimp and mushrooms. Your photos just make me want to dive into the bowl!

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  13. What an excellent idea! Yours looks so good, I can't wait to try this next time.

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  14. Oh wow so beautiful with the shrimp. My nephew said, while eating mine, that it would be good with shrimp... why do they do that? lol.
    Trevor Sis Boom

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  15. This soup is drop-dead gorgeous. It's a new twist on chicken noodle soup for me...I'd love to try it!

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  16. First off, your pictures are absolutely beautiful and are making my mouth water!!! I love your addition of mushrooms and shrimp and after your great description I will have to make this for the family!

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  17. I absolutely love the addition of shrimp!! What a gorgeous bowl of soup. Delicious!

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  18. Shrimp and mushrooms were a great addition to this tasty soup.
    Mimi

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  19. The best I have seen today! Oh how lovelt the shrimp is in there.

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  20. That's a beautiful, brimming bowl of soup! Love the addition of the shrimp. I used chopsticks too, for the noodles.
    :)

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  21. What a gorgeous bowl of soup! It looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. What a beautiful soup. The addition of the shrimp was a great idea.Looks so yummy makes me want to make it all over again with the shrimp... which I'm sure I will. Love the site.B

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  23. Gorgeous bowl of soup! How clever to add shrimp!

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  24. Your soup looks gorgeous! What a great idea to add shrimp! Well done!

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  25. This soup sounds amazing. Dorie was at BlogHer Food this past weekend. I did not meet her but all my buddies did and love her! xo

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  26. Best soup ever? I need to make this as soon as I can get my hand on some shrimp! I love spicy soups (especially on a rainy day). Thank you for sharing...your photographs are beautiful!

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  27. Adding the shrimp - such a good idea. I was thinking of adding mushrooms next time and if I add shrimp, too, I think it'll be an even bigger hit at home. Good job!

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  28. Best soup of your entire life, eh? That is positively begging me to make it. Sound delicious!

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  29. What fabulous pictures! The additions look perfect and the pictures make me want to grab those chopsticks and dig right in. I'm so happy that you loved this soup so much. Hooray!

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  30. Oh i think seafood is so good and thats exactly what i wanna try next time!
    With calamari, shrimps and crab meat!!

    Ur soup looks really good!!

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  31. This sounds outstanding and looks beautiful. I had a Thai Curry yesterday, I'm in the mood for oriental soups. Thanks for passing this along.

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  32. My husband would have loved your soup! Mine was pretty borring!!

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  33. This is THE PERFECT DISH! WOW! LOVE IT!

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  34. You just can't go wrong with Dorie! her creations are just wonderful.....that soup looks amazing, all those flavors, and those shrimp look delicious!! thanks for such a great post!

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  35. Very nice job. Looks like you even caught Dorie's attention. :-)

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  36. That looks delicious, comforting and photographs a dream! What more could you ask?
    I just wish I had some on the stove right now.

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  37. This soup looks amazing. It definitely would warm me up on a cold, rainy day. It reminds me of a soup I have had in China Town in Boston.

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  38. I love Vietnamese Noodle Soup and this one is just one of those...!!

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  39. This looks absolutely wonderful, Betty! I love those, big plump shrimp in there. Delicious!

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  40. That is one good-looking bowl of soup! Good for you, it's one of the best I've seen.

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  41. i don't believe i've ever tasted a soup flavored with mint. i don't eat much vietnamese food (or any at all, really), but methinks that might all change if it's all as appealing as this! well done!

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  42. Thanks for the recommendation. I love soups like this with so much flavor. Your photos are good enough to eat.

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  43. I have never had this soup. I now I am really tempted to try it; those shrimps; wow!
    Your photo is fantastic.

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  44. Wow. That looks amazing.. I might have to go buy the book just for this dish!

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  45. Yum! I bet that was sooo delicious! It looks like must be.

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  46. I just bought the book! I can't wait to give this recipe a try, your photos are just beautiful:) I like the addition of the shrimp, they look so succulent in your pictures, yummy!

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  47. Can someone send me the recipe? chantalle_poitras@hotmail.com. I just ran into this and would like to try it before i buy her book.

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