One to knock together with the remains of a roast - or use a couple of chicken pieces. Rice can be switched for noodles, and an egg yolk cracked into each bowl on serving. Makes breakfast. Your noodles and flaked chick will beg for a little dish of fish sauce floated with sliced rings of hot chilli -for that on-the-side oomph.
If using a chicken carcass, pull the remaining meat from the bones and keep on one side. Break the carcass into bits and stick it in a saucepan, then fill the pan with around
Dunk the noodles and beansprouts (if using) into a pan of boiling water until just softened - 1 minute or so for fresh noodles, around 3 minutes for dried - then scoop out with a sieve. Divide between your bowls, along with some shreds of cooked chicken, then ladle in the piping-hot spring onion stock.
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