Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup

Foochow Red Wine Chicken Mee Sua

Course: Entree, Noodle Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles
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  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 3 cups Foo Chow Red Wine see notes
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Red Yeast Rice
  • 8 bundles mee sua noodles or use somen noodles (adjust amount)
  • Salt to taste
  • Small pinch of sugar optional, see notes


  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Chopped green onions


  • In a separate pot, bring a water to boil and cook the mee sua or somen noodles according to direction. Drain off water and refresh noodle with fresh cold water. Set aside
  • Preheat a large pot. Add sesame oil, swirl the pot to cover the base. Add ginger and stir-fry over medium heat until fragrant. Add the red yeast rice and chicken pieces. Add the Foo Chow Red Wine. Bring to a boil and then cover the lid and lower the heat and let it simmer for the next  45 minutes to 1 hour or until the chicken is really tender. The cooking time is less if you use smaller pieces of chicken. Season with salt and small pinch of sugar to taste


  • Portion out the noodles into an individual serving bowl. Portion out chicken pieces. Generously ladle with some hot soup and with some of the red yeast rice if preferred. Garnish with some chopped green onions and cilantro leaves


  1. Foo Chow Red Wine can be substitute with regular rice wine, Hua Diao Jiu, or Shao Xing Jiu if you can't find any, but you still need the red yeast rice to give you the similar taste
  2. Foochow red wine is naturally sweet, but if you have to substitute with other wine, then you may need to add a bit of sugar to your taste. You may not need it either. It really depends on the wine you use and your taste buds