When I think of chicken noodle soup I think a little salty homey tasting soup. When I saw this as one of our first recipes I was worried. I am the girl that looks at spicy food and gets heartburn. I have never bought dried chilies before or star anise or chow mein noodles. I was worried my kids would not eat this because it would be so spicy.
The result...a little bland. Not bad in any way just not spicy like I thought it would be. My hubster thought our house smelled like Genghis Grill which made him want to eat the soup. He is not a soup guy but was happy to try this one. Once we added some hoison sauce the soup wasn't so bland. My daughter liked this well enough but didn't really want to take any for lunch the next day. My son wouldn't touch his soup with a 10 foot pole. I think he was feeling a little under the weather though.....and it was white and he tends to shy away from food that are white. Brown? Sure just nothing like potatoes or anything like that.
All in all a good recipe. If you would like to see how some of the other 900 cooks did with this recipe make sure to check out the Leave you Link and peruse their blog posts. You can also pick up Dorie's Around My French Table from Amazon and join the fun!