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Dinner Tonight: Sichuan-Style Chicken Noodle Soup

This is the kind of chicken noodle soup I can get into. It's warming and comforting, with hunks of chicken meat and slinky noodles suspended in a rich stock. But this isn't some bland rendition. No, this soup is imbued with the haunting aroma of star anise and cinnamon, and tickled by the numbing sensation of Sichuan pepper. A sprinkling of chopped chile completes this assertive bowl of soup, which comes together surprisingly fast.

It's another great recipe from Appetite for China. Leeks and mushrooms make up the base, with some soy sauce and rice wine adding a nice depth. But it's the spices that really set the broth apart. Though it tastes remarkably complex, if you have some leftover roast chicken, this meal can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.

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