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{winter hen soup with chili & ginger}[gluten-free]

Fight back with chili and ginger against the cold!

Today was raking day. Living in a country with four seasons requires you to pick up the leaves before the first snow falls. So, this weekend we finally did it. Unfortunately, the weather turned bitter and it was not the most enjoyable 2 hours for us. We decided that my man will do most of the hard work outside, while I will be running between the kitchen and the garden until the food is done. Since I had a hen at home, I thought the best would be to cook up something comforting yet delicious. I decided to spice my soup with chili and ginger, to get the extra heat we needed after being out in the cold for so long.


Half hen

1 medium onion

4 garlic cloves, pressed

A piece of ginger

1 lemongrass stalk

1 bunch cilantro

2 carrots, sliced lengthwise

1 small cabbage, thinly sliced

1-2 chili pepper

2 tbs soy sauce

2 tbs salt

1 lemon juice

1 bag of instant rice noodle or regular rice noodle (A Taste of Thai or Kame brand)


First we put the hen into a big pot of water (make sure it covers the hen) with 2 tbs of salt, the onion and the garlic. The hen can be cut into bigger pieces or you can just leave it as it is. Let it cook for 2 hours, then I added the carrot, cabbage, lemongrass, cilantro and ginger. The ginger can be easily peeled with the potato peeler. Let it cook for another hour and of course taste it while it’s cooking. At the end add the chili peppers, soy sauce and lemon juice. Simmer it for another hour until it’s done.


Add the instant noodle on the plate, ladder from the hot soup on top of it until the noodles are covered. Cover it for 15 minutes, add sliced scallion and pieces of hen meat. Enjoy!

If your man is still outside serve it for him in the garden. He deserves it.

*if you’re using regular rice noodle, boil water in a small pot and add the noodle. Cook it for about 5 minutes then turn off the heat. Let it ’cook’ for about another 6-8 minutes. Cool it down with cold water and add it to each plate you’re serving.