Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chicken and Rice Soup w/ Lemon Grass

This is a updated version to the traditional Vietnamese chicken rice soup.  Light and fat-free, this tangy and delicious soup is the perfect choice for a hot day, as well as a great PICK-ME-UP when you are feeling low or tired. The fresh, citrus aroma of lemon grass and lime, combined with the warmth of the chillies is invigorating and awakens the senses.  Variations of this soup crop up all over Vietnam, where it is often served as a meal in itself.

Printable Recipe
2 lemon grass stalks, trimmed, cut into 3 pieces, and lightly bruised
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
1 small bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped ( I used green onion instead)
1 lime, cut into wedges, to serve
2 red chillies, seeded and cut into thin strips, to garnish
sea salt
ground pepper
For the Stock
1 small chicken or 2 meaty chicken legs
1 onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1oz fresh root ginger, sliced
2 lemon grass stalks, cut in half lenghtways and bruised
2 dried red chillies
2 tbsp fish sauce

Put the chicken into a deep pan.  Add all the other stock ingredients and pour in 7 cups of water.  Bring to the boil for a few minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer gently with the lid on for 2 hours.
Skim off any fat from the stock strain and reserve. Remove the skin of the chicken and shred the meat.  Set aside.
Pour the stock back into the deep pan and bring to  boil. Reduce the heat and stir in the lemon grass stalks and fish sauce.  Stir in the rice simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes.  Add the shredded chicken and season to taste.
Ladle the piping hot soup into warmed individual bowls, garnish chopped green onion, chillies and serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.
chicken soup
*I forgot garnish with chillies before I took these photos :) Pin It


Sashawasha said...

Mmmm. Does this taste of congee? I love congee! Great photography :)

Nicole @ It's Feeding Time at the Zoo said...

This looks so super delicious. I can't wait to try it!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Beautiful pictures. Just simply beautiful. You are so talented Mai!!

purabi naha said...

This is a great soup! The photography is wonderful!! I know, lemongrass is going to add lot of flavour to this soup. I liked your blog very much as well!!

Mai said...

@ Sasha- it's the same. I just called soup lol :)
Thanks, everyone!!

Anh said...

That is one good bowl of congee/rice soup :)

Mai, it will be great if you can send this entry to Delicious Vietnam! We have been organising this event for the past 15 months and always welcome new participant.

The detail is here: http://www.anhsfoodblog.com/2010/04/delicious-vietnam-new-blogging-event.html

leticia@galsintheknow.blogspot.com/ said...

Looks so yummy, I will have to try it,maybe tonight!


AubreyOhDang! said...

i love everythg citrus-y. my mouth is watering.

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