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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

Exploring the Rich Flavors of Hủ Tiếu Dê: A Guide to Goat Noodle Soup

Dish name: Hủ Tiếu Dê (Goat Noodle Soup)

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

  • Preparation time: 2-3 hours (to properly tenderize the goat meat)

  • Yield: Serves 4-6

  • Expiration: Best if consumed immediately; broth can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

  • Ingredients:

  • 500g goat meat, cut into chunks

  • 1.5 liters water (for broth)

  • 1 large onion

  • 4–5 cloves of garlic

  • Ginger, a 2-inch piece

  • Lemongrass, 2 stalks

  • Star anise, 2-3 pieces

  • Cinnamon stick, 1

  • Cardamom pods, 3-4

  • 250g rice noodles (Hủ Tiếu)

  • Bean sprouts, herbs, lime, and fresh chili for garnish

  • Fish sauce, salt and sugar to taste


  1. Parboil the goat meat chunks for a few minutes to remove impurities. Then rinse the meat and set aside.

  2. Char the onion and ginger until slightly blackened. This will impart a smoky flavor to the broth.

  3. In a large pot, add water, the parboiled goat meat, charred onion and ginger, crushed lemongrass, star anise, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook until the goat meat is tender, which could take a couple of hours. Skim off any impurities that rise to the top.

  4. Season the broth to taste with fish sauce, salt, and a little sugar.

  5. Cook the Hủ Tiếu noodles as per package instructions, then rinse under cold water and drain.

  6. Place a portion of the cooked noodles into a bowl. Add the tender goat meat over the noodles.

  7. Ladle the hot broth into each bowl.

  8. Serve the Hủ Tiếu Dê with bean sprouts, herbs, lime wedges, and fresh chili on the side for garnishing.

Tips and Tricks for Making Hủ Tiếu Dê:

  1. Meat Preparation: Ensure that the goat meat is clean and free of impurities by parboiling it beforehand.

  2. Infuse the Broth: Char the aromatics until blackened for a richer taste and smoky aroma in the broth.

  3. Long Simmering Time: A low and slow cook will soften the goat meat and allow full extraction of flavors to create a robust broth.

  4. Freshness: The fresher the goat meat, the better the flavor of your Hủ Tiếu Dê. Try to source the meat from a reputable butcher.

  5. Accompaniments: The condiments and fresh garnishes are equally as important as the soup itself. They add additional texture and freshness to each bowl.

hủ tiếu dê

Enjoy your carefully crafted bowl of Hủ Tiếu Dê, full of rich, hearty flavors and tender meat, complemented by the freshness of the garnishes. It's a warming dish, perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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