Thai Glass Noodle Chicken Soup (Gaeng Jued Woon Sen)

This is my take on hearty chicken soup – Thai style! I love the comforting combination of chicken meatballs, noodles, garlic and greens. It’s super easy to make as a dinner for two, and it’s great for using up fresh herbs.


Thai Glass Noodle Chicken Soup (Gaeng Jued Woon Sen)

5 minutes
15 minutes

80g (about 3 oz) dried cellophane noodles*

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 coriander (cilantro) roots, roughly chopped

1 tsp ground white pepper

250g (9 oz) chicken mince (ground chicken)

4 tbsp fish sauce

¼ cup roughly chopped coriander (cilantro)

2 spring onions (scallions), cut into batons

garlic oil, to serve

  • Step 1

    Soak the noodles in tepid water for 10 minutes or until softened.

  • Step 2

    Use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic and coriander roots to a rough paste. Transfer the paste to a large bowl and add the white pepper, chicken and 2 tablespoons of the fish sauce. Mix vigorously, slapping the mixture against the bowl to work the proteins.

  • Step 3

    Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add pinches of the chicken mixture to form little meatballs. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes until just cooked. Season the soup with the remaining 2 tablespoons of fish sauce (add more or less fish sauce to taste). When ready to serve, add the soaked noodles. Then stir through the coriander and spring onions. Remove from heat and serve with the garlic oil.

  • Notes

    – Cellophane noodles are also known as glass noodles or mung bean noodles. They can be found in the Asian aisle of major supermarkets or from an Asian grocer.

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So much flavour for so little effort.


Made this for the first time last night and it was beautiful. It was very quick, very simple ingredients and very quick! Amazing how tasty it is given there’s no stock and just a handful of ingredients. I chucked some fresh asparagus in with the other veg, and had the garlic oil and some Thai pickled chili on the side. Outstanding, healthy meal, and a great recipe. Thanks!

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