Vietnamese recipes that you can easily replicate at the comfort of your own home or even to show it off to your house guests!

Makes 4


1 can      bamboo shoots, sliced
4             large chicken legs
2tbsp     grapeseed oil
1             medium yellow onion, sliced
4 L          chicken stock
10-20g   yellow rock sugar
2             dried wood ear mushrooms, reconstituted
4             large dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted
Sea salt, to taste
Fish sauce, to taste

  • 8 small spring onions, chopped
  • 1 packet thin Chinese yellow noodles (boiled for 2-4 minutes)
  • Freshly grounded white pepper
Prepare the broth
  1. If you want a nice presentation, use a chopping knife to cut off the chicken knees. The flesh and skin will pull up beautifully during cooking. Toss the knees in the simmering broth.
  2. Sprinkle the salt all over the chicken and set aside. Heat the oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes, until soft, and sweetly fragrant.
  3. Remove shallot and set aside. Increase the heat to high and add the chicken, skin side down. Lightly sear the chicken on both sides for 1 to 2 minutes, turning midway. Pour in the stock.
  4. Bring to a boil, skim, and then add fish sauce, rock sugar and bamboo shoot. Adjust the heat to simmer.
  5. Cook, uncovered for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is tender but still have texture. The bamboo shoot used, it should be soft and tender. During the last 10 minutes, add the shiitake and wood ear mushrooms.
  6. Skim off excess fat. Adjust with salt and sugar if needed.
Assemble the bowls
  1. Arrange the cooked noodles on 4 bowls. Place the chicken leg, mushrooms and bamboo shoot neatly.
  2. Return the broth to a boil, adjust the seasoning if necessary. Ladle the broth into each bowl. Top with chopped spring onion and white pepper. Serve immediately.
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Excerpts from the Passport to Saigon: The essential guide to Saigon’s Street Food Secrets


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