Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Pho, the best thing you can have on stormy days. Right now where we live, the sky is angry and the clouds are crying; creating stuffy noses and high fevers. So what can we do, but crave decadent soup right? The spices used in Pho are said to help runny noses, occasional colds, and fight against catching a cold. Perfect for rainy weather, is it not? Although it is a long process, it is rewarding in the end and you can enjoy it for days! Try it someday enjoy 🙂

Pho Ga

 

  • 11/2 large onions
  • 1 ginger
  • 2 lb of chicken with bones, any part of the chicken will do
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 20 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick split in half
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorn

Garnish

  • Bean Sprouts
  • Lime Wedges
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Cilantro

Procedure

1. Bring 20 cups of water to a boil. Add the sugar and salt to the pot.

2. In the meantime,  toast your aromatics or flavors (Onions & ginger). You can toast it as I am doing here, broil it in the oven, or microwave it. However, we strongly discourage microwaving.

 

 

3. Once the water comes to a boil , place your aromatics in the pot along with the chicken. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.

 

4. In the meantime, prepare the spices

 

5. Toast your spices in a pan until fragrant, some people like to skip this part. It’s completely up to you.

 

6. Prepare your noodles. You can use Ho fun noodles, vermicelli rice noodles, or egg noodles. The choice is yours! Cook the noodles according the packaging. Some noodles call for pre-soaking.

7. After boiling remove the chicken and separate the bones from the meat. Set the meat aside.

 

8. Once you separate the meat, place the bones back into the pot. Add the fish sauce and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. Taste and adjust to your preference.

 

9. Prepare your garnishes. Set it aside for serving.

10. Plate your dish! Add the noodles chicken pieces and cilantro. I threw in some shrimp because we love shrimp. Once the soup is to your preference, take a heap of a spoonful and place in your bowl. And now its done!

 

 

 

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