Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Glass Noodles Soup With Poached Chicken 雞絲冬粉湯

It is easy to settle for noodle dishes when cooking for oneself and this is another one of my favourite light meals. I am a big fan of using poached chicken as topping for my noodle dishes or porridge, very often a whole chicken is poached to last me for quite a few days . If you are cooking for yourself and do not plan to have the same thing for a week, a chicken breast can be poached to perfection in minutes. I will also be showing you a few different ways of using the tender and moist meat.
P.S You will also be able to prepare Ipoh hor fun and Hue chicken salad in smaller quantity using the poached chicken so be sure to check out those recipes.

recipe per serve
you'll need;
2 x (50 g) glass noodles or noodles of your choice
lettuce, bean sprouts or Asian greens of your choice
crispy garlic and garlic oil
chopped spring onions

yields enough chicken for 4 serves
for the poached chicken and broth;
1 large chicken breast (around 350 g)
1 spring onion
5 slices of ginger
2 garlic cloves, bashed
1.5 L of water
1 tbs of Chinese cooking wine
1 tbs of light soy
1 tbs of oyster sauce
salt and pepper to taste
sugar to taste

Bring water to a boil with all the aromatics, lets simmer for 15 minutes before adding the chicken breast. Turn the heat up and when the water returns to a simmer turn off the heat, cover and let the chicken steep in the hot broth for 20 minutes. Do not attempt to open the cover before the time is up. Reserve the poaching liquor.

Cool the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes before shredding the tender meat into nice long slivers.

I first discovered this Vietnamese Chilli sauce when I first arrived in Melbourne. It says satay sauce on the bottle but it is more like the Chinese/Taiwanese Sa Cha Jiang (沙茶醬).

Chopped spring onions and garlic oil is a must have too.

Strain the chicken poaching liquor and bring it to a boil and add noodles.

Check for seasonings and add torn lettuce into the pot just before serving.

Serve immediately with chicken and all the toppings.

Mix in some of the Vietnamese hot sauce and enjoy!


  1. Hi tummy!!! rindu dgn masakan u! glass noddle tak pernah pula i buat main dish mcm ni, biasanyer akn campur dgn sayur2 goreng atau sup sayur tak pun suun goreng tp buat sup mcm ni mmg best pulak! sejak2 puasa ni i malas sikit suke buat 1 plete atau 1 bowl dish jerr hihihi.,.. i copy recipe ya, thanks 4 sharing!

  2. Simple and delicious meal! Thanks for the tips on poaching chicken breast :) I have seen the Vietnamese sauce and got rather confused with the name satay on it lol

  3. Yes I like this simple one-dish meal, make this at least once a week, saves time cracking my head what to cook for dinner!

  4. My kind of food and I am going to make some for dinner. Looking forward to other recipes using the poached chicken!

  5. I must really try this before going straight to my collection of instant noodles lol Looks delicious as always!

  6. Harriet from CarltonAugust 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Delicious and healthy one dish meal! Must look out for the Vietnamese satay sauce next time I am at the Asian grocer!

  7. I love glass noodles! Hey, I've got a Muhibbah post on for this coming Monday.. what do I have to do again?

  8. Oh wait, ignore that.. i just saw the link at the side bar.. =)

  9. 健康又美味的一碗冬粉湯。:)

  10. Yum YUM! Lucky it is time for me to go home!

  11. I love this dish. We have something similar in Vietnamese cooking which I think is of Chinese origin called mien ga. I always have a bottle of the satay sauce too but the mild one lol

  12. Mmmm...this looks simple and very delicious. I love it. I remember eating this only during Chinese New Year when I was small.

  13. nampak enak sekali tapi hari ini makcik masak spaghetti je...atas permiantaan:)

  14. Ahh, I love glass noodles! Now you've gotten me craving it too.

  15. As usual you've cooked up a winner!!
    A great option! Can't wait to try this!

    Big hugs,
    B xx

  16. I love glass noodles cooked this way! Sometimes I add some fishball into the soup.

  17. Mmm, that looks warm and nourishing. Been craving Ipoh hor fun lately, thanks for the link!

  18. yumm... I love this with flat noodle! You know, Ipoh shredded chicken noodle soup! Enjoy your day.
    Cheers, kristy

  19. Mmmmm....this sound delicious n yummy...

  20. I will be cooking for myself for the next 2 weeks and I must try to cook simple and delicious dishes like this instead of relying too heavily on instant noodles and sandwiches.

  21. Perfect diet food, healthy and delicious! Love the Ipoh hor fun too!

  22. Super delicious and delicate with noodles and poached chicken!

  23. What a simple and great looking dish! Love it!

  24. Love this very healthy noodle, and a perfect late-night snack!

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