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Chinese Style Five Spice Duck Noodle Soup

Please make this soup 24 hours ahead of your serving day. Also, check the above link for the roasted duck recipe.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 2 hrs
Resting time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 3 hrs
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Asian fusion, Chinese, Vietnamese
Servings 4 people


  • Stockpot
  • Roasting pan
  • Cooking twine or bamboo skewers
  • Sachet or coffee filter


Soup Broth

  • 9 qt water
  • 6 ea shallot peeled
  • 2 bulb garlic peeled
  • 2 lb chicken bones
  • 8 oz fresh shitake, use stems to cook soup save shitake's caps for later
  • 1 oz cilantro stems
  • 5 ea star anise
  • 2 ea cinnamon sticks
  • 2 medium carrot peeled, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorn

Seasoning for Broth

  • ½ c oyster sauce
  • ¼ c soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp seasoning powder or bouillon cubes
  • 1 tbsp salt


  • 1 ea roasted duck check recipe link above
  • egg noodle as needed
  • bok choy as needed
  • choy sum as needed
  • shitake's caps


  • In a stockpot, bring water to boil, then add chicken bones. Simmer the liquid, do not hard boil, and skim any excess if any.
  • Use a sachet or coffee filters to combine cilantro stems & shitake stems; black peppercorn & coriander seed; star anise & cinnamon sticks. By doing this, you'll save a lot of time to take them out when the broth is done cooking.
  • Once the liquid is simmer with the chicken bones inside, add the rest of ingredients (including the ones in sachets). Bring to soft boil and let it simmer for 1.5 hours. By this point, the fragrance from soup stock has released and you can smell them through the entire house.
  • After 1.5 hours, take out the bones and all the infused ingredients out. If you don't put small ingredients in sachets, you must strain the broth in order to have a clear consistency.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all seasoning ingredients. Put about 2 cup of the hot soup broth into the bowl, stir well to dissolve all the seasoning. Then pour it in the soup pot. Please handle it carefully to avoid getting burn.
  • Taste the broth and adjust it according to your own taste. If you want more saltiness, add soy sauce first then followed by seasoning powder. If you want less salty, add sugar and a little bit of oyster sauce.
  • In a cooking pan, cook shitake caps by soft boiling them or searing on very low heat with no oil. For the egg noodle, choy sum and bok choy, you can fast boil them right before serving.
  • Assemble: In a big bowl, put in a desired amount of egg noodle, then come roasted duck, shitake, bok choy or choy sum. Ladle soup broth cover the entire noodle bowl. Enjoy!