Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mien Ga - Chicken Cellophane Noodle Soup

Mien ga is now one of my favorite Vietnamese comfort food. My mom makes mien ga with shredded chicken, chicken gizzards, black fungus, and plenty of ground pepper. The show stopper is really in the simplicity of the broth. With the right amount of salt, sugar, fish sauce, and ground pepper this soup really prove that less is more.

I actually don't remember liking this soup as a child because I always feel the noodle is just too mushy. My mom has the habit of cooking the noodle right in the broth. Her method does save a lot of time but the noodles will always be overcooked. My dad feels overcooking the mien noodle will ruin this dish, and I couldn't agree more. For best result soak the noodle in warm water for about 15 minutes. Once you pour hot broth over it, the noodle become perfectly al dente. Like basil is to pho, sawtooth herb is unique to mien ga. I couldn't find any sawtooth herb in my area so I just have to settle with a lot of cilantro. This soup is mmm...mmm...good, eat your heart out Campbell's chicken noodle soup!

1/2 Chicken
2 liter of water
2 teaspoon of salt
1 ounce rock sugar
1 and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoon of fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
2 teaspoon of ground pepper

Other ingredients:
cellophane noodle soak in warm water
1/2 cup cilantro rough chop
1/2 cup green onions minced
1/2 cup black fungus

1. Trim the chicken fat to your liking.
2. Cook the chicken in the water to make a broth. Remove any scum.
3. Once the chicken is fully cooked then remove from broth.
4. Season the broth with the remaining ingredients. Add more or less to your liking.
5. Sauteed the black fungus with green onions, fish sauce, and ground pepper. You can actually add this to the broth but I prefer to add them separately.
6. Shred the chicken into smaller pieces or you can cut the into smaller portion.

In a bowl add noodles, chicken, sauteed black fungus, green onions, and cilantro. Pour hot broth over the noodles and add freshly ground pepper on top. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Got this fun post from Thy, thanks for tagging me :)

The Rules

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

1. A – Available/Single? Single
2. B – Best friend? My mom
3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake
4. D – Drink of choice? Sweet Tea
5. E – Essential item you use every day? Cellphone
6. F – Favorite color? Lavender
7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? The sour worms
8. H – Hometown? SB, Indiana
9. I – Indulgence? Green manoges with sweet chili fish sauce
10. J – January or February? None
11. K – Kids & their names? None
12. L – Life is incomplete without? Family and friends :)
13. M – Marriage date? I want it to be August or September
14. N – Number of siblings? 2 older brothers
15. O – Oranges or Apples? Apples
16. P – Phobias/Fears? Failure
17. Q – Quote for today? The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
18. R – Reason to smile? To make other smile too
19. S – Season? Fall
20. T – Tag 3 People?
21. U – Unknown fact about me? Birds freak me out
22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Certain beans
23. W – Worst habit? Procrastination
24. X – X-rays you've had? my teeth
25. Y – Your favorite food? Hmm this is really tough but I have to say Goi Vit.
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Cancer