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Ingredients

Serves 4-6

For Turkey Stock

  •  2 onions, cut into wedges
  •  50g (2oz) fresh root ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  •  4 whole cloves
  •  3 star anise
  •  2 tbsp coriander seeds
  •  1 turkey carcass (or 2–3 chicken carcasses, depending on their size), all meat removed

For The Broth

  •  2 litres Turkey or chicken stock (Carols Stock Market have a great Turkey Bone Broth)
  •  3 tbsp Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
  •  2 tbsp soy sauce
  •  Juice of 1 lime
  •  2 tbsp muscovado sugar (light or dark is fine)
  •  250g (9oz) flat rice noodles
  •  400g (14oz) cooked turkey or chicken, sliced or shredded
  •  100g (4oz) fresh bean sprouts
  •  100g beech mushrooms
  •  2 large carrots, cut into julienne
  •  1 courgette, cut into julienne

To Garnish

  • Fresh Thai basil, mint and coriander leaves
  • Thinly sliced fresh red chillies

To Serve

  •  Lime wedges
  •  Chilli oil (optional)

Method

For Turkey Stock

  1. Preheat your slow cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions. If your slow cooker has a sauté option, you can use this; if not, use a large non-stick sauté pan on the hob over a high heat.
  2. Dry fry the onions and ginger for 6–8 minutes, until the onions are soft and lightly caramelised. Add the spices and cook for a few minutes, until fragrant. Place in the slow cooker (if you have used a separate pan).
  3. Break up the turkey or chicken carcasses, then pour in enough boiling water to ensure the bones are completely covered, being careful not to overfill it. Cover with a lid and cook on low for 8 hours, until you have a fragrant stock.

For The Broth

  1. If using freshly made stock, strain and discard the bones and spices. If using premade stock, heat in a large heavy based pot.
  2. Season with the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and sugar, stirring to combine, and taste to make sure you're happy with the balance of flavours. To freeze for later, leave
  3. to cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. 
  4. Add the noodles, bean sprouts, carrot and courgette to the pot followed by the shredded or sliced turkey/chicken. Ladle into preheated bowls and finish with the herbs and chillies. Serve with lime wedges and chilli oil (if using).
  5.  Blitz until smooth and creamy