In Vietnamese Cuisine, it is very common to eat soup for breakfast. Vietnamese Bamboo Shoots and Chicken Noodle Soup (Bún Măng Gà), literally bamboo and chicken rice noodle soup, is a wonderful way to start your day. The key to making excellent soup is to make excellent broth, and that is largely dependent on using young bamboo shoots and infusing it with the aroma of chicken.
Vietnamese Bamboo Shoots and Chicken Noodle Soup (Bún Măng Gà) is also perfect for a rainy day or when you're a little under the weather. You can make a big pot of the broth and freeze it for later use. Just reheat, add some cooked chicken and bamboo shoots, and you're ready to eat. Try Vietnamese Bamboo Shoots and Chicken Noodle Soup (Bún Măng Gà) the next time you need some chicken noodle soup for your soul.
If you want to make a very authentic soup, the choice of chicken is crucial. Buy it from your Asian market and ask for a gà đi bộ, literally a walking chicken. In Vietnamese Food, the gà đi bộ chicken are considered "free-range"; the chickens are "trained" to run and as a result the meat has a totally different texture as the chicken found in American grocery stores.
You can find ready-packed chicken carcasses at Asian stores, but I usually use the chicken thighs and chicken breasts to make other dishes such as chicken cacciatore, Vietnamese chicken salad (Gỏi Gà) and keep the bones and carcasses for making chicken broth.