I think I tried to make too many changes to Dorie's recipe to meet my needs. The recipe just did not turn-out for me as I had hoped.
On Tuesday night, my mother & I went to Lee Lee's Oriental Supermarket to shop for some of the ingredients for the chicken noodle soup. I should've stayed home. I don't know what it is about the ethnic grocery stores around here, but they are somewhat filthy & stinky. I recently visited a local Mexican grocery store, which ended-up being a complete waste of time and money because all I could think about as I sat down to eat my food, was how unsanitary the store was where my food came from. This became somewhat of an issue for me again with the soup. Even though everything was cooked, my stomach was churning from all the strange sights and smells of Lee Lee's.
Another issue is that I don't eat much meat. I did use a nice organic chicken broth from Trader Joe's and it smelled really good with the spices and coconut milk, but I didn't poach a chicken or put shredded chicken into my soup. I used more noodles, but after making the soup, I wished that I would've replaced the chicken with some veggies ... maybe some carrots, celery, and a couple other veggies that go well with chicken noodle soups.