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Vietnamese Chicken Pasta Soup

Vietnamese Chicken Soup With Pasta - Sup Nui Ga

Sup nui ga is a fusion of a traditional Vietnamese chicken soup and Italian pasta! This recipe is healthy, comforting and delicious with the added bonus of making it from scratch.

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Scruff

Ingredients

Soup Base

  • 1 whole chicken 1.8 kg / 4 lbs, washed and not frozen
  • 2.5 L / 2.6 qt water
  • 1 brown onion, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves, flattened
  • 1 large swede / rutabaga, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 2 carrots, chopped into small chunks
  • 5 coriander roots (optional but highly recommended) (Note 1)
  • 3 - 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper

Pasta

  • 500 gm / 1.1 lbs pasta curls or your choice

Garnish

  • 6 stalks coriander, chopped (optional)
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 4 tbsp fried shallots (highly recommended) (available at Asian groceries)
  • 2 fresh chillies, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 2.5 L of water to a large pot and bring it to the boil on high heat. Once the water is boiling, add the chicken (breast side down) and bring it back to the boil. Remove the scum off the surface with a spoon. 

  2. Add all the soup base ingredients, except the fish sauce.  Partially cover the pot with the lid and allow the soup to simmer for 1 hour on medium low.

  3. During the simmering phase, remove the scum/fat build up on the surface of the soup with a spoon. I personally do not remove all the fat from the soup, as I prefer to leave a bit for flavour.

  4. Boil salted water and cook the pasta till al dente. Drain and set aside.

  5. After 1 hour turn off the heat and allow the chicken to sit in the soup for 10 minutes. 

  6. Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool on a plate. Check the chicken is cooked though. If still raw, put it back into the soup until done. 

  7. Strain the soup.  Squeeze the liquid out of the veggies by pushing it against a strainer or keep whole and serve on the side. 

  8. Add 3 tbsp of fish sauce to the soup. Check the soup for seasoning and add more according to your taste. (Note 2)

    Note: Use fish sauce to up the salt content of the soup or boiling water to dilute the flavour.

To Serve

  1. Place the pasta into each bowl.
  2. Shred pieces of chicken and place on top of the pasta.

  3. Pour the boiling soup over the top of the pasta and chicken.

  4. Sprinkle garnishes on top.

Recipe Notes

  1. The best way to get coriander root is to buy coriander with roots attached. If this is not possible you can substitute with 2 tbsp of coriander seeds or just omit all together. 
  2. The soup should be slightly saltier then how you would normally have it. This is because the pasta and garnishes will dilute the flavour and seasoning.