For Vietnamese living abroad, a trip to Saigon would be incomplete without a visit to Ben Thanh Market, a huge maze of fresh food and sundries. Near the center is a food court where vendors hawk popular Viet treats. As you sample their wares, you are apt to strike up conversations with other gluttonous Viet kiều (Vietnamese expats). On one occasion, a man from Texas visiting his family for Tet told me part of his daily routine while in Vietnam included eating Vietnamese Chicken and Cellophane Noodle Soup (Mien Ga), which was so deliciously light that it allowed him to order more dishes from other vendors.
Other Mien Ga Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Glass Noodle Soup (Miến Gà)
Vietnamese Chicken and Cellophane Noodle Soup (Miến Gà) is easy to prepare. Most versions contain shallot, garlic, and chicken giblets, but our family enjoys a simpler preparation that focuses on just a few ingredients, most of which go into the hot stock moments before serving and are then ladled directly into the waiting bowls, with no fancy assembly required. For a nice lunch, present large servings of this soup with a special-event salad. Or, offer it in smaller portions for an elegant beginning to a celebratory meal. This Vietnamese recipe is easily halved.
See another Chicken Noodle Soup: Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga Recipe)