This soup will definitely relax you on any cold winter day and tastes oh so good when it’s eaten immediately from the hot stove. This is originally a simple Lao soup that at first was simply made with chicken and rice. In Laos the Hmong have taken this soup into their own homes as it is a very inexpensive and easy way to prepare for their big families. For the healthy and the sick, this could be anyone’s favorite soup so I hope you will also enjoy it.
Ingredients for 10-12 servings
- Lai Fun Noodles (can be bought at asian store)
- whole chicken (or chicken pieces)
- Lemon grass stalk
- 1 TB knorr chicken powder (optional)
- black pepper
- about 15 cups of water
Condiments for the porridge:
- a batch of chopped Cilantro
- a batch of chopped green onions
- asian hot sauce (sriracha rooster brand)
1. Boil a pot of the water with a whole chicken (~or 4-5 chicken thighs). Add about 1 TB salt and 1 tb of knorr powder to start with.
2. While you wait for the chicken to cook, prepare your condiments by rinsing & mincing green onions and cilantro and then setting them aside. When chicken is cooked take the chicken out and shred with a fork or mince the chicken meat and then put the meat back into the pot again.
3. slowly pour small amounts of noodles into the pot at a time, stirring the pot of soup steadily as you do it.
4. Cook the noodles for ~15 minutes or until it becomes less chewy and more edible. biting into a string every now and then will help determine when the noodles are cooked.
5. In your bowl of soup add black pepper, green onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon and asian hot sauce. Mix and serve hot.