Add the listed amount of water to a pot and heat. Once it's boiled, add the minced meat. Skim any scum and continue boiling until scum no longer appears.
Add the chicken stock, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Taste, and if you find the flavor to be lacking, add a bit of salt.
Cut the chrysanthemum stems into 5cm lengths, add the stem to the pot, and cook through. Add the leaves and cook for about 30 seconds, then it's complete. Transfer to a serving plate and top with coarsely ground black pepper.
If you find the seasoning too light, prepare a side dish of sliced chili peppers in soy sauce as pictured. Dip the greens into it or use it to flavor the soup in your bowl. This is the Vietnamese way of eating.
Story Behind this Recipe
I recreated a dish I often ate in Vietnam for a Vietnamese fair.
Cook the greens to your desired degree. I prefer a slightly raw flavor, so the cooking time in this recipe is fairly short. I used chicken, but you can use ground pork, which is used in Vietnam. Pork gives a richer flavor. Making it somewhat light, then mixing in condiments separately is the Vietnamese way of eating.