Vietnamese Chicken-Noodle Soup (with lots of accompaniments)
Sour, spicy, crunchy, herbal, tender—this soup has just about every flavor and texture! There are a lot of ingredients, but it’s not hard to put together—and it’s fun to serve and eat.
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Wooden spoon or heatproof spatula
1. Put the broth, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and fish sauce in the pot and put the pot on the stove. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook 20 minutes.
2. While the broth is cooking, put the noodles in the bowl and cover them with hot water. Set aside until soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the noodles and divide them among the 4 bowls.
3. Put the chicken, cilantro, basil leaves, bean sprouts, chili paste, and lime in separate bowls and put them out on the table.
4. Ladle broth on top of each bowl of noodles and allow each guest to add whatever accompaniments they choose.