Just made this again tonight – was really good! I made a few changes to the following recipe: I used baby bok choy instead of spinach. I chopped the leaves, and added to the broth, and I pre roasted the stems, after quartering them. I also added a can of coconut milk to it….. I used fresh made chicken broth, made from the bones, wings and thighs of a roasted chicken we made the night before last. Great recipe – kind of a kitchen sink thing – you can add whatever you want to it and it still tastes good!
Thai Lime Chicken Noodle Soup
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 sm pkg Shitaki mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
2 tsp fresh ground ginger root ( to taste – a little goes a long way)
3 tbs fish sauce ( to taste – again, a little goes a long way)
1/4 tsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp Thai seasoning (totally optional – I keep this around normally)
zest and juice from 2 limes
2 tbs fresh rough chopped cilantro
3 tbs fresh rough chopped basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 seeded, sliced Thai chili pepper ( or small Jalapeno)
1 leek, dark green part removed, sliced into thin rings, rinsed well and separated
1 9 oz pkg Perdue Short Cuts pre cooked chicken breast
1/4 pkg ( about 4 oz ) Thai rice noodles
1 cup rough chopped spinach, raw
Soak rice noodles in HOT water, according to instructions for about 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain, put to side. In med – large sauce pan ( at least 4qts) add everything but the noodles and the spinach. Bring to a boil over med high heat, then lower to med low, and simmer for about 20 minutes or so. Add noodles, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add spinach, and simmer till wilted – about 5 minutes more.
Using tongs, pile a portion of noodles into a soup bowl, then ladle liquid/chicken etc over the top. Garnish with a few fresh copped cilantro leaves, and if you want to spice it up a bit, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, and enjoy! This soup is as good as any I have had in a restaurant!
One note – please taste as you go – basil, cilantro and ginger are VERY strong ingredients – you may want to alter the quantities up or down to your taste as you go!