Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vietnamese Chicken Meatball and Noodle Soup

I love soup, and this one is full of flavor.  I usually have bone broth in the fridge and/or freezer, but on the occasion that I'm out, it is easy to make the exact quantity needed in the Thermomix-it's just an extra step in the process.  Big Brother doesn't want to try the meatballs, but he drinks the soup with noodles and broccoli.  I'm going to jump right into how to prepare.  Don't fret by the length of the recipe, it's easier than it looks. This recipe is a good way to maximize your Thermomix, as the meatballs cook on both Varoma trays as the soup cooks underneath; a whole meal prepared start to finish.  See original recipe here.  I wrote out the recipe here according to how I go about making it.  Perhaps best to read the original along with my instructions to see which one reads easier for you.    

What you need and what to do in one go:
Add to TM bowl:
piece of ginger
clove of garlic
2 spring onions
big handful of cilantro 

then blitz on speed 7, 5 seconds.

then add 500g ground chicken, or use Turbo to mince if not already ground
add in 1 Tablespoon or about 20 grams of fish sauce, I use this one. 
salt and pepper to taste

mix on speed 5, 10 seconds

now, form into small meatballs, about 16-18

place meatballs on small squares of parchment paper both Varoma trays

set meatballs aside 

Add to TM Bowl and blitz speed 6, 10 seconds:
small nob of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
2 spring onions
handful cilantro
teaspoon palm/coconut sugar

Add to Bowl and cook with meatballs on Varoma trays, 25 minutes,Varoma, speed 2/reverse blade:
1 Liter of chicken stock
500g filtered water
2 star anise
1 small chili pepper, or less, or none if children with sensitive palate involved.  You can always slice and add in individually
20 g fish sauce
30 grams coconut aminos

Add to Bowl, cook for 5 more minutes, Varoma, speed 1/reverse blade:
handful of Bok Choy or similar greens

Fill bowls with pre-cooked vermicelli noodles, pre-cooked broccoli--if you are like us and eat broccoli in everything. Then top with hot soup and meatballs

Keep a small plate with cilantro, basil, chilis and other desired toppings in the middle of the table.  This week, I had fresh purple basil and red chiles from the farmer's market.  You won't miss the Hoison sauce (contains sesame!) in this soup.  

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