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In Chinese cultures, lemongrass and cilantro are considered yin ingredients -- cooling elements that are ideal on hot days. The subtle heat of ginger and chile, combined with the bright aroma of fresh mint, enlivens this lightened rendition of chicken soup.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2008


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  • Place chicken, lemongrass, scallions, onion, sliced ginger, chile, peppercorns, and water in a large pot. Cover, and bring to a simmer. Uncover partially, and gently simmer for 1 hour.

  • Add cilantro and mint stems, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add fish sauce, and strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve. Reserve broth and chicken. Discard remaining solids. Shred chicken meat, and discard bones. Refrigerate broth and chicken separately for at least 4 hours (or overnight).

  • Skim fat from broth, and reheat broth. Combine chicken, julienned ginger, cilantro leaves, thinly sliced mint, and bean sprouts in a bowl. Divide broth among bowls, and serve with chicken mixture on the side.