I prepared this on a cool rainy day for lunch so I chose the soup option. It was quick to put together and was well liked by my family. I made tiny meatballs to add to the soup at the end of the cooking time. I really liked the use of fresh herbs in this recipe, they add such great flavor. I would probably increase the thai chilis next time to add a little more heat. Thanks for a great contest entry!
This recipe is great being one recipe with 2 possible dishes. To save time I marinated the chicken then put the noodles to boil while I made the dressing. Instead of making large patties, I made little nuggets which cooked much faster, and I also put half the nuggets in the oven which came out perfect, and eliminated time spent frying. I cannot say which I liked better -soup or salad, which are both meals on their own, and the only change I made was to add the cashew into the salad rather than keep it only for garnish. And for the genuine Thai flavour I would definitly add the chilli in the patties