Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quick Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

I find comfort in a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold, rainy day. This Vietnamese Pho soup was just calling my name today.  I looked around and found Pho soups recipes to be a long drawn out process.  I just wanted my soup so I came up with a pretty easy version.

For the stock you will need:
1 cartoon of chicken broth (32 oz)
6 cups of water
1/3 cup fish sauce 
half lemon cut into two
2 inch stick of cinnamon
2 inches of ginger (cut in large pieces and smashed a few times)
4-6 cloves of garlic cut into large pieces
1 serrano chili slit down the middle
1 medium onion (rough chop)
1 stalk of leeks cut into large pieces
1 stalk of lemon grass (use only the bottom inner part) cut and smashed a few times.

3 large skinless chicken breast on the bone. 

In a large soup pot put your chicken breast and stock ingredients to boil on a medium-high heat.  I cooked it for 50 minutes.  

Once the soup is ready. Turn it off and fish out the chicken breast.  Shred as much chicken as you want in the soup.

I had three large chicken breast and decided that two were fine.   I save the third piece (already deliciously flavored) for another meal.

I put a colander into another soup pot and drained the stock through to collect all "stock flavoring" ingredients.  These can be discarded now.

Prepare your favorite Asian soup noodles per the package instructions.  Keep the noodles separate from the soup.  You will add the cooked noodles into each soup bowl as you serve.

The accompaniments to the soup are very important.  This will further flavor your soup to your desired taste.  I have included:  Fresh Thai Basil, Fresh Mint leaves, Thai bird chilies thinly sliced and marinated in fish sauce, lemon or lime, Sambal Oelek Sauce - Fresh Ground Chili Paste, Green onions sliced. 

You can also include bean sprouts, Sriracha sauce etc...     Each person gets to customize their own soup and it becomes an interactive experience.

This soup will serve 6-8 people.  It is filling, nutritious, flavorful and interactive.  My whole family (even my kids) loved it.  Enjoy.    

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  1. Definitely is cold, rainy...and COLD. This looks like something I need today!

  2. It sure hits the spot. I hope you enjoy trying it out. : )

  3. This looks amazing! I love all the flavors. This is perfect for the cool weather we've been having!

  4. The soup is not only tasty, but really healthy too. That's what I love about it most of all. I don't have to feel guilty eating a big steaming bowl of it. : )

  5. This looks great! Definitely seems perfect for a rainy day


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