Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup

My Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup is a homage to Wagamama a place I liked for quick food in the UK, an Asian inspired hoisin chicken breast in a simple broth

After 10 days of eating out in overly generous Hungarian Restaurants it was nice to settle down to a bowl of simple Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner this evening, particularly as this style of food is one of my favourites and I have yet to post something like this as yet on my wee little blog.  I have to say I am refreshed and ready to ‘rock & roll’ again after 10 days of relaxing in thermal spas, consuming a little too much beer and generally schlepping around the Hungarian countryside.  Although I may have been a little too lazy as the 4 1/2 hours it took me to mow the grass in our garden today nearly killed me, so this light but still substantial chicken noodle soup really ticked all the boxes.

This dish was inspired by many a lunch or early evening nosh downs in a chain restaurant in the UK called Wagamama, it was a canteen kind of affair with shared tables and food being delivered when it was cooked.  But the thing it did exceptionally well was superb quick and relatively affordable Asian food and they specialised in lovely bowls of noodle soup and a glazed hoisin chicken noodle soup was always my favourite so I kinda too a punt at making myself years ago.  After a little experimentation and some trial and error I came up with this dish, in the UK I would have cooked it with Bak Choi but as I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to grow it over here I substituted with chard which has a beautiful iron rich flavour, but you could add spinach or kale.

I have to confess to cooking this fairly regularly but the reason I have not posted it here on my blog is because I really did not have anything appropriately photogenic to serve it in.  However whilst we were in Budapest on Saturday we needed to stock up our ‘Asian & Indian’ supplies and noticed these bowls and thought I could do something with them and I think they work superbly.  In fact we managed to splash out more than 50% more of our fixed monthly outgoings in my favourite Asian store so expect plenty more stuff from a similar place to this chicken noodle soup in the near future.

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This may sound odd, but as we enter September I am really looking forward to the change in seasons and some new food to cook and eat and of course a bit of a break from the blistering heat that has been far too common this summer.  There comes a time during every season where I have had enough and want it to change and move on and I can categorically say that I am done with summer now and am looking forward to chopping our wood in a few weeks time and putting my feet up of a weekend and not spending all of our time maintaining, harvesting and preserving crops…  Of course I have the wee matter of 80 litres of wine to make before that day arrives.

On that equally exciting and daunting note I will leave you with my hoisin chicken noodle soup whilst I ponder what else exists on my to do list with a much needed beer!

My Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup is a homage to Wagamama a place I liked for quick food in the UK, an Asian inspired hoisin chicken breast in a simple broth

Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish is a bit of an homage to Wagamama a place I liked for quick and simple food in the UK, an Asian inspired hoisin chicken breast in a simple broth

Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


  • 2 Tsp Hoisin Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Dark Soy Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1 Tsp Mirin.
  • 2 Chicken Breasts: Small
  • 500 ml Chicken stock.
  • 20 g Ginger: Peeled and sliced into thin batons.
  • 4 Garlic Cloves: Minced.
  • 1 Star Anise.
  • 1 Egg. Boiled
  • 1/2 Tbsp Miso paste1
  • 75 g Swiss Chard Leaves: Roughly shredded
  • 100 g Egg Noodles.


  1. Mix together the hoisin sauce, Dark Soy, Fish Sauce and mirin to form and use it to coat the chicken breasts and allow to marinade for 1 hour
  2. Bring together a standard chicken stock with the ginger, garlic and star anise and allow the flavours to infuse on a low heat whilst the chicken is cooking
  3. When marinaded cook the chicken breast over a medium high heat in a frying pan with a touch of oil until cooked which should take about 10-12 minutes, naturally longer if you have a larger piece of meat, when cooked set aside to rest
  4. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add one egg and boil to just beyond soft which should take 6 minutes
  5. Whilst the egg is boiling stir in the miso paste into the stock mixture and remove the star anise
  6. Add your egg noodles to the simmering stock and after 1 or 2 minutes stir in the swiss chard leaves
  7. To assemble slice your chicken fairly thinly and then spoon out the chard, noodle and stock mix into a bowl, then lay on the chicken breast and finally add half a boiled egg into each bowl

Recipe Notes

I usually batch freeze my chicken stock in 250ml servings and if I want an Asian style broth I will infuse with flavourings at a later date. Adapted from Wagamama
My Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup is a homage to Wagamama a place I liked for quick food in the UK, an Asian inspired hoisin chicken breast in a simple broth
My Hoisin Chicken Noodle Soup is a homage to Wagamama a place I liked for quick food in the UK, an Asian inspired hoisin chicken breast in a simple broth



  1. Dini @ The Flavor Bender September 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    This looks beautiful Brian! 🙂 Hoisin is one of my husband’s favourite sauces (He would put it on everything if he could!) and he would LOVE this!!

    • Brian Jones September 3, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Dini… I love hoisin to but don’t use it very often, I have no idea why not!

  2. Tracy @ Served from Scratch September 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    this is gorgeous!! I cannot wait to try it- definitely adding it to my winter soup list!

  3. Tina Marie September 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Wow! Gorgeous Brian. I can almost smell it cooking in the kitchen! I will have to try this recipe real soon.

    • Brian Jones September 8, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Tina, it was glorious even if I say so myself, definitely a favourite in our home.

  4. Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen September 7, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Brian, you make the most amazing dishes, another one I have to try!

    • Brian Jones September 8, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Thank you very much Rosemary, high praise indeed having spent many afternoons drooling over your creations. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Whitney @ That Square Plate September 8, 2015 at 2:06 am - Reply

    I don’t cook Asian dishes much, but this one seems delicious and not too difficult.. not to mention beautiful!! Who doesn’t love a little twist on chicken noodle soup!?

    • Brian Jones September 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Whitney, it really is incredibly simple to make and you can change up to broth really simply… No matter what the occasion chicken soup is always needed!

  6. Renee September 8, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    We’re soup people, so this is going on my “to make” list. It looks so healthy and delicious!!

    • Brian Jones September 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Renee, it is pretty healthy I guess but really packs a punch with flavour which was much needed after gorging on to much food whilst taking a break for 10 days.

  7. Chrissie Baker September 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Your photography is just stunning!! And this looks like my kind of soup…healthy, tasty and simple to make! Thanks for posting Brian!

  8. Lynn | The Road to Honey September 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I always have a soft spot for meals served in a bowl. . .so you can imagine how my eyes lit up when I saw this. It’s loaded with all kinds of delicious flavors and will definitely be making it into my dinner rotation.

    • Brian Jones September 9, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Lynm, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂

  9. Diane September 9, 2015 at 4:40 am - Reply

    I really want to learn this recipe. My husband and I are alone now, without picky kids, so I am free to experiment! This is a direction of cooking I want to go! Looks so delicious! And easy, and tasty!

    • Brian Jones September 9, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Diane, I started playing around cooking things like this when I left the UK and it is such a simple quick way of cooking, infinitely flexible and I suppose quite healthy too… And all that matters is that it always tastes wonderful, works wonders with fish and seafood.

  10. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories September 9, 2015 at 4:42 am - Reply

    This is so gorgeous. I love the Asian flavors and the eggs. Beautiful.

    • Brian Jones September 9, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Karen, this sort of thing is a go to meal at least once a week and just change it up to what ever is good and fresh at the time.

  11. Fareeha September 9, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

    This simply looks incredible.. feel like having a bite… chicken with noodle looks like bliss

    • Brian Jones September 10, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Thank you Fareeha, it is really tasty and comforting 🙂

  12. Byron Thomas September 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I just want to lick the seasoning off that chicken. Is that allowed? It’s vegetarian seasoning, right? 🙂

    • Brian Jones September 10, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

      There are no rules here so fill yer boots however I would suggest you may not get a second invite to some peoples homes 😉 I believe Hoisin sauce is vegetarian but I would double check the label just to be sure, you could swap out the chicken stock for vegetarian, the grilled chicken for grilled tofu and then it just depends how you feel about fish sauce, if you don’t want to use it you could kind of replace with light soy for the seasoning but the flavour will change slightly.

  13. April @ Girl Gone Gourmet September 10, 2015 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I’m so ready for Fall and soup season, too! So done with summer 🙂 This looks like such a comforting bowl of soup —

    • Brian Jones September 10, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

      It certainly is, but remarkably light too I eat this stuff all year round 🙂

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  15. Pie Rivera September 14, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    This is so timely, Brian! It has been raining cats and dogs for several days in the metro and I have been gorging more and more noodle soup.

    • Brian Jones September 15, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Noodle soup rocks anytime of year but it is incredibly comforting when the rain is battering the window panes 🙂

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  17. Sarah September 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I saw this on Saucy Saturday’s and just had to stop by – this soup looks way too good! I’m with you – I’m ready for some cooler weather and all the food that goes along with it. I’m so excited that it’s finally soup weather (or at least I think so) because now I get to make things like this! There is just something seriously comforting about sitting down with a warm bowl of soup on a cold day!

    • Brian Jones September 20, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Thanks for popping by Sarah, glad you like the dish, I love soup all year round but could not agree more about an Autumn or winters day a beautiful bowl of soup and what ever the elements are doing seem to fade into nothingness!

  18. Jane @ Littlesugarsnaps September 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Brian, that’s a beautifully presented bowl of goodness. Wagamamas is alright, but I’d be amazed if your noodle soup isn’t far superior to theirs.

    • Brian Jones September 25, 2015 at 6:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Jane… Time fades memories so I recall Wagamama food being quite tasty, however that was 8 years ago 😉

  19. swayam September 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    This is such an inviting bowl Brian!! Its been raining incessantly in my part of the world.. and this looks like just the thing to have! Thanks for joining us at #saucysaturdays 🙂

    • Brian Jones September 25, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Swayam, it is heading towards autumn for us to so big warming bowls of food are a nice change from summer fayre.

  20. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe November 2, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    This soup looks incredible. I adore hoisin sauce, and I can only imagine how delish this tastes on a chilly fall day. So yum! Must try soon 🙂

    • Brian Jones November 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, it is rather special and looks so impressive for something that is so easy to make 😀

  21. Whitney @ That Square Plate November 3, 2015 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I think the bowls look great with this dish as well. Sounds like you had a great time on your trip and the soup looks amazing!! 🙂

    • Brian Jones November 4, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Whitney, a great time was had by all but great to get back to some proper home cooked loveliness!

  22. Jennifer November 3, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Oh my! What a gorgeous dish! My husband… actually I would also… seriously love this! Going on the menu soon.

    • Brian Jones November 4, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, I love this dish a bit of an all rounder, quite a show stopper but easy enough to scale up and feed as many as you like, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

  23. When it gets chilly, we tend to crave more Asian flavors (strange, but true). Definitely pinning this for later!

    • Brian Jones November 4, 2015 at 7:58 am - Reply

      I can see Asian flavours and colder weather working, there are lots of warming aromats that provide their own version of central heating like ginger & five spice… I don’t think it is strange at all 😀

  24. [email protected] November 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Eating out is overrated. I love it, don´t get me wrong, but I totally get what you´re saying that after 10 days of eating out you were ready to eat something wholesome and healthy like this hoisin chicken noodle soup!!

    • Brian Jones November 5, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Totally with you, eating out is a great treat but 10 days in a row, particularly in overly generous Hungarian restaurant definitely takes its toll 😉

  25. Hillary November 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I love the look of this chicken. Simply moutwatering!!

    • Brian Jones November 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Hillary, definitely a favourite in these parts 🙂

  26. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. November 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love to experiment with Asian recipes at home but have never in my life purchased fish sauce. First time for everything!

    • Brian Jones November 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Never purchased fish sauce 😮 You must find your way to an Asian store right now and get some, it is one of those ingredients that adds so much to a dish without being able to taste it, what ever you do though, don’t test it… From a spoon it is one of the fugliest things you have ever tried, stick it in a dish however and it becomes magic!

  27. Byron Thomas November 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe the colour you got on that chicken; it looks divine, Brian! I was lucky enough to find a little shop in Toronto that stocks vegetarian versions of all types of sauces, so I can easily make this dish now. I’m having chicken; John.e can have tofu. 😉

    • Brian Jones November 10, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Superb, I love finding little stuff in stores, I found some pomegranate molasses last weekend, queue lots of middle eastern stuff coming your way 🙂

  28. Whitney November 9, 2015 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I need this soup, like, yesterday.

    • Brian Jones November 10, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Haha, too late, we have eaten it all, all I tell ya!

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