Baby tatsoi, sometimes called spinach mustard, has been an Asian staple for thousands of year. Its mustardy taste makes it a favorite for Vietnamese dishes.
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1⁄2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 whole chicken breasts, bone in
- 1 lb. bok choy, chopped
- 1⁄4 lb. 1/2"-wide bahn pho (Vietnamese rice noodles)
- 3 tbsp. finely chopped scallions
- 4 oz. baby tatsoi
- Tuong Ot Toi (Vietnamese hot sauce)
In a medium stockpot, bring chicken stock to a simmer over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, 1⁄4 cup each of the cilantro and mint leaves, and chicken. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Remove chicken and allow to cool. Tear each breast into about 6 pieces, discard bones. Strain broth and return to pot over low heat. Add bok choy and simmer 5-10 minutes.
Soak noodles in hot water until softened, 5-10 minutes. Cook noodles in boiling water until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water.
Divide noodles among six bowls. Add chicken pieces, scallions, remaining 1⁄4 cup each mint and cilantro, and tatsoi. Pour hot broth and bok choy over top. Serve with Tuong Ot Toi.