Chicken noodles in a kaffir lime broth

Frank Bordoni's hot wok rocks the tastebuds with this tempting supper of chicken noodles in piquant kaffir lime broth
By Frank Bordoni
Chicken noodles in a kaffir lime broth
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 450 g pak choi
  • 1 tbsp oil, for frying
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 3 lime leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 350 g shiitake mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
  • 3 red chillies, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 1 pinches sugar
  • 1 dashes of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 750 ml chicken stock, boiling
  • 150 g noodles

To garnish

  • 1 limes
  • 1 bunches Thai basil, (or substitute coriander if you can't get Thai Basil, do not be tempted to use Italian as the taste is completely different)


1. To prepare the pak choi, cut the stalks from the leaves. Cut the stalks into large chunks and blanch in boiling water. The leaves are tender and will cook quickly so you do not need to blanch them.

2. Heat the oil in a wok on a high heat and add the garlic and kaffir lime leaves; stir fry for a minute. Add the chicken, mushrooms and pak choi stalks and stir fry for a few minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.

3. Throw in the spring onions, chilli and pak choi leaves and add the sugar, sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce. Pour over the boiling stock and season with pepper.

4. Cook the noodles by placing them in a large bowl and covering with boiling water for a couple of minutes; drain.

5. To serve, place a handful of noodles in two bowls and ladle over the chicken, vegetables and broth. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime and a handful of torn Thai basil or coriander leaves.

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