Authentic Vietnamese recipe for Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Soup

Published Sunday, Aug 31 2014, 17:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Create a taste of Vietnam from the comfort of your own home with this tenderstem broccoli and chicken noodle soup.

Although this is traditionally enjoyed at breakfast, we reckon this is the perfect dish for lunch or supper. Nutritious veggies and tender chicken make up this warming meal.

Tenderstem and chicken Vietnamese noodle soup

© Tenderstem


  • For the stock:
  • 1 whole free-range, chicken
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon rock sugar (or use a pinch of regular sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt
  • 6 tablespoons premium fish sauce
  • 140g tinned bamboo shoots (sliced)
  • For the soup:
  • 280g dry rice noodles
  • 280g Tenderstem Broccoli
  • 2 spring onions, use both ends, finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoons coriander, roughly chopped or torn
  • 2 Asian shallots (or round shallots) sliced into thin semi circles
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 4 wedges of lime or lemon
  • Freshly cut chillies (optional)


1 Place a whole chicken and a stock cube in a large saucepan and pour over 3.5 litres of boiling water. Cook on a medium heat at a gentle boil for 50 minutes to 1 hour with a lid on. Gently remove any excess scum after 20 minutes then add rock sugar, rock salt and fish sauce to the broth.

2 Meanwhile, place the vermicelli in a heat-proof bowl, and immerse in boiling water. Cover the bowl and leave for approximately 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Drain and rinse with warm water to get rid excess starch. Place the cooked vermicelli into soup bowls.

3 Slice the shallots and fry in a tablespoon of cooking oil until golden and crispy. Divide the shallots and place onto each bowl with sliced spring onions and coriander.

4 Place the tenderstem in a container and blanch with boiling water from a kettle for 5 minutes with a lid, then remove and place on top of the noodles.

5 Remove the chicken from the stock after 50 minutes - make sure the juices run clear - and leave to rest and cool for 20 minutes. Remove undesired excess fat that forms on top of the stock with a ladle and discard.

6 Add the tinned bamboo to the stock and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.

7 Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Place one thigh or breast per portion onto the noodles. (The chicken can also be torn by hand). Bring broth to the boil just before serving.

8 Add a pinch of black pepper to each bowl and ladle piping hot broth with bamboo onto the noodle bowls. Make sure everything is immersed in broth. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon or lime at the table and garnish with freshly cut chillies if wanted.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour, 10 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of Tenderstem

More great soup recipes:

Oriental Chicken Noodle Soup
Roasted Squash & Apple Soup
Chunky Bean Soup
Creamy Celery Soup With Stilton Cheese

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