Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese New Year- Chinese Noodle Soup

Happy Chinese New Year!
To celebrate the occasion and also to soothe our sore
throats I made this very tasty Chinese chicken soup. The garlic, chicken
and ginger are excellent in boosting your immune system to help
fight off colds =D 

I served this soup along with Chinese spring rolls with a ginger sauce
(I cheated on these as I purchased them already made at Costco =D)


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon pure sesame oil
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, but into 1/4 pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cans low sodium chicken broth or homemade 
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 pounds of chicken thighs
3 tablespoons fish sauce (nuoc mam)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves plus 1/4 cup chopped 
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 pound spaghetti 
1 pound of baby bok choy cut into 1/4 inch slices
or fresh spinach
1/4 cup lime juice (from about two limes)


In a large pot, heat both oils over medium heat. Add
the onion, celery, garlic, ginger, chili powder, and red-pepper flakes.
Cook for about five minutes stirring occasionally

Add the broth, diced can tomatoes, chicken thighs, fish sauce,
cilantro leaves and the salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the 
heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is just done, about
15 minutes. 
Meanwhile, in a large pot bring water to a boil to cook
the spaghetti according to package directions, about
9 minutes.

Remove the chicken; when cool enough to handle, cut
it into small bite size pieces. Keep chicken aside and continue cooking
soup add the bok choy or spinach on medium heat. Cook until just
done, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.

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