1whole chicken , (about 3½-4 pounds) - cut into 4 to 6 pieces.
3lemongrass stalks, (trimmed and bruised) - here's a good lemongrass tutorial
7kafir lime leaves, (fresh or frozen)
1piecegalangal , bruised (about a thumb size, 26 grams)
2tspsalt, (add more according to your liking)
(optional)chicken bouillon or granulated powder, (as needed - according to your taste)
1½tbspcoriander seeds, (or about 1½ tsp ground coriander)
1piecefresh ginger, (about 2-inch)
1piece turmeric, (about 2-inch, 18 grams) or about 1 tbsp of ground turmeric.
3tbspneutral oil , (divided)
To Serve - Customize Your Own Toppings:
rice vermicelli, (cook according to the product packaging) or substitute with white rice and serve it on the side.
chopped green onions
chilli sauce or sambals
Spice Paste: place garlic, shallots, candlenut, ginger, turmeric, coriander seeds, 1 tbsp of oil, and 1-2 tbsp of water into a food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
Stir Fry the Paste: In a skillet, heat 2 tbsp of oil over high heat. Cook the spice paste along with kafir lime leaves, galangal, and lemongrass until fragrant and paste is cooked and beginning to separate from the oil, about 4-5 minutes
In a large stock-pot, add chicken pieces and 8 cups of water. Bring it to a boil for 3 minutes over high heat. Transfer the chicken to a plate, discard all liquid.
Put the chicken back into a clean stockpot. Add 8 cups of water. Bring it to a boil over high heat then lower the heat to medium-low. Skim off any foam, cover the pot, and simmer for 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender.Remove chicken from the pot, shred into small bite pieces. Set aside.
Stir in the homemade spice paste and bay leaves into the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt, a bit of sugar, and chicken bouillon powder if needed according to your taste. Turn off the heat and strain the broth.
Place some cooked vermicelli, egg, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Add broth and toppings; shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, sliced tomatoes, and fried shallots. Serve and enjoy.
The nutrition fact doesn't include the optional chicken bouillon and toppings.