It’s probably the summer heat that makes us crave for liquid in just about any form. My family seems to appreciate soup more these days no matter how simple like this chicken soup with mushrooms and vermicelli.
But why we’re craving for simpler dishes, I have no idea. Perhaps we’ve had our fill of exotic and spicy Asian dishes and we want a little break from them. Or, maybe, it’s just me. I’m too lazy to cook dishes that require a lot of preparation because this isn’t exactly the season for prolonged stays in the kitchen and I just want to think that my family wants simple dishes as much as I do. Perhaps, I’m not really giving them any choice and they’re just thankful that I still choose to cook rather than feed them canned meat and fish.
Chicken Soup With Mushrooms and Vermicelli
- 200 grams dried sotanghon (vermicelli)
- 6 boneless chicken thighs about 300 grams
- 8 large white button mushrooms about 100 grams
- 6 shiitake mushrooms about 100 grams
- 10 to 12 cups chicken broth
- 1 head garlic
- 2 shallots
- 15 to 20 stalks scallion
- 1 large carrot
- 6 tablespoons cooking oil
- fish sauce or salt, to taste
- freshly ground pepper
- Cut each chicken thigh into four or six portions, depending on the size of the fillet. The ideal cut is about two inches square so they don't look too small compared to the size of the cut mushrooms.
- Cut off the stalks of the shiitake mushrooms and cut the caps into 1/4-inch thick slices.
- Halve or quarter the white button mushrooms.
- Crush and peel the garlic, Finely chop.
- Peel and finely slice the shallots.
Cut the scallions into half inch lengths.
- Peel the carrot and julienne (cut into matchsticks).
- Heat the cooking oil in a pot. Saute the garlic and shallots until fragrant, about one minute. Add the chicken, season with salt (or fish sauce) and pepper. Cook over high heat until the chicken pieces start to brown around the edges. Pour in the meat broth and bring to the boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes.
- Add the dried sotanghon, mushrooms and julienned carrot to the pot. Continue simmering until the noodles and vegetables are done, about 10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings. Stir in the green onion before serving.