About this recipe:This Filipino chicken noodle soup recipe is exotic and full of flavour, yet easy to make. Use cellophane noodles (bean thread noodles) or bihon (thin rice noodles) in this dish. Both are equally delicious.
1 teaspoon salt
450g chicken legs
30g dried shiitake mushrooms
225g cellophane noodles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons annatto powder
1 tablespoon fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
800ml chicken stock
2 spring onions, chopped
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:30min › Ready in:55min
Bring 475ml of water with 1 teaspoon salt to the boil in a pot; cook the chicken in the boiling water until until no longer pink in the centre and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Reserving the liquid, remove the chicken and allow to cool before removing the meat from the bones and shredding with two forks. Discard the skin and bones.
While the chicken cools, place the shiitake mushrooms in a bowl and pour enough warm water over them to cover completely; allow to soak until pliable, about 30 minutes. Remove from the water, slice and set aside.
Place the cellophane noodles in the water and add more warm water if needed to cover; allow to soak until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain. Cut the noodles if desired.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the achiote powder and continue to cook and stir until the mixture is well coated with the red-orange colour. Stir the shredded chicken meat, sliced shiitake mushrooms and fish sauce into the mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the mixture to cook about 5 minutes before pouring the reserved liquid from cooking the chicken and the chicken stock into the mixture. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Add the noodles and cook another 5 minutes. Garnish with the spring onion to serve.
Annatto, or achiote, seeds don't have loads of flavour, but do give a rich red-orange hue to dishes. You can find whole or ground seeds in Caribbean markets. In a pinch, you can omit the seeds from this dish and still get fabulous results.