Monday, July 12, 2010

Nui Ga - Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

I like to change things up every now and then. I can't eat rice everyday, and yes I do prefer noodles over rice. I love slurping noodles and the warmth of hot broth in my tummy. So at least 2-3 times a week I have to make a pot of some kind of noodle soup. But on those busy days when I don't have time to hover over the stove all day, nui ga is my quick fix.

Nui ga is definitely my ideal comfort food. It always bring me back to my childhood when I use to experiment with my mom's nui ga. I use to put different condiments in my soup to give it a little something more. One day it could be soy sauce, sometimes ketchup, but mostly hoison sauce. Of course my mom did not approve of this behavior but I was just a kid. I don't do it as often now but I do grab the bottle of ketchup if I ever feel nostalgic.


1 Cornish hen
1 piece of ginger
1 can of chicken broth
1 box of pasta of your liking
mushroom seasoning
fish sauce
black pepper
green onions

1. Wash chicken and remove excess fat.
2. Place chicken in pot and add 2-3 quart of water with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
3. Let pot come to a boil and remove any scums.
4. Let chicken cook on medium heat.
5. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pot and let chicken cool down.
6. Peel ginger and throw in pot.
7. Add the can chicken broth and 1/2 tablespoon of mushroom seasoning.
8. Taste with more sugar and fish sauce.
9. Once chicken has cooled, remove from broth and shred chicken.
10. Throw chicken bones back into the pot.
11. Continue to taste the broth with fish sauce, sugar, and black pepper.
12. Finely chop the green onions and cilantro.
13. Cook your pasta so that it is ready to be eaten. I prefer the pasta soft not al dente.

Before serving I like to warm up pasta in the microwave. Place shredded chicken on top of pasta and pour boiling broth over. Top off with green onions, cilantro, and black pepper. Enjoy!


henno said...

Yum, that looks great Thuy!

bluekite2000 said...

where did you have this in Vietnam? I dont think there is such a thing as nui ga in Vietnam.

phamkat said...

I'm Vietnamese, but born here in the States. I grew up eating this soup, and it is basically our version of chicken noodle soup. Except instead of a Cornish hen, we used a full sized chicken. And my only variation on this is that I also add chopped onion into the pot as the chicken is being cooked. So simple, yet delicious! Asian comfort food for sure. I bet this dish is not sold on the streets of Vietnam, but definitely all my aunts, friends' moms know nui ga.

Thuy said...

I don't remember nui ga on the streets of Vietnam either but it's what I and many of my Vietnamese friends grew up eating. I do throw in a whole onion in the pot if I have some laying around. Chicken noodle soup is like the universal comfort food, i'm sure every culture has their own version of it :)

Anonymous said...

Thuy! You're my hero! My mom would make this soup for my siblings and I when we were younger and I can't wait to make it for myself now that I live on my own and far far away from my family (i live in Chicago and my family is Houston, TX). I have one question... After the chicken is cooked and remove from the pot, do i pour out the water in the pot? Or do i use it as my broth? Please help!!! Thnks Thuys!


Thuy said...


After you cook the chicken in a pot of water, the water becomes a broth. From there you just want to enhance the broth with other ingredients such as ginger, salt, sugar, and fish sauce. Hope that helps :)

Anonymous said...

I loved the nui I ate in Cu Chi at a small street cart when I went to visit my mother's aunt in Vietnam last summer. So fresh and simple, but very tasty! Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

yum, this looks great! One long will the chicken cook for?

Thuy said...

You cook the chicken until it's cooked all the way and that will depend on the size of your chicken. You can always cut your chicken down the center and make sure it's not bloody and the meat is firm. If it's not ready, throw it back in the pot.

Becca Julia Barrett said...

Can I use just chicken breast to make this?

Thuy said...


I prefer bone-in chicken to make the broth. Chicken breast alone will not make a sufficient brogh for the soup.

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