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Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup – Phở Gà

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Phở is a very traditional Viet noodle soup. Even though phở is typically made with beef, there are many variations, including this one, made with chicken or gà. This is an easy Asian dish to start with if you’ve always wanted to try cooking Asian foods. It’s pretty fool proof. The aromas wafting through your home will have your mouth watering!

Ingredients

  • 1-½ pound Chicken (thighs, Breasts, Or A 1/2 Of A Whole Fryer)
  • 12 cups Water (enough To Cover The Chicken)
  • 1 whole Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 whole Anise Stars (about 16 Points)
  • 3 whole Cloves
  • 1 bulb Ginger (approximately 1" Peeled And Sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar (Viet Yellow Rock Sugar Or Regular Table Sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 8 ounces, weight Rice Noodles (Look For The Words "bánh Phở" Or Pho Noodles On The Package)
  • ½ whole Onion (yellow Or White, Very Thinly Sliced)
  • 4 whole Scallions (trimmed And Cut Vertically)
  • Optional Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Fresh Mint, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Bean Sprouts, Jalapeño Slices, Hoisin Sauce, Chili Sauce

Preparation

Place chicken in a large soup pot and add enough water to cover chicken. Add cinnamon stick, anise, clove, and ginger. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for at least 45 minutes or longer. If using a whole chicken, remove chicken, cool, debone, and add meat back to broth. Using a whole chicken will certainly add much flavor to the soup, but cut pieces and/or boneless pieces save time and are still delicious. If using chicken pieces, remove any bones, skin, etc. and slightly shred chicken meat with a fork. Add meat back to the broth and then add fish sauce, sugar and salt.

While broth continues to simmer, clean and prepare garnishes (see list of options below) preparing scallions, slicing lime wedges, and cleaning fresh mint, cilantro, and Thai basil sprigs.

Just before serving, prepare rice noodles according to directions on package. Usually rinse noodles in cool water than soak in very hot water for a few minutes till tender. Rice noodles cook more quickly than wheat noodles. Beware of over cooking.

In individual soup bowls, put a serving of rice noodles and some thinly sliced onions in the individual bowls. Ladle broth and chicken into bowl, removing cinnamon, anise, clove and ginger. (Similar to bay leaves, these are not to eat.) Top with a sprinkling of scallions.

A large plate of garnishes is prepared and placed on the serving table for all to share. Each person will individually garnish with his choice of bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh mint leaves, jalapeños slices, garlic chili sauce, Hoisin sauce, lime wedges, and/or fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

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Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer on 2.21.2011

I make Pho Bo for my husband every friday, this will be a nice change of pace :) Thanks!

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elizabethcooks on 2.21.2011

Looks good, have to try this soon!

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northstar11 on 9.17.2011

Simple yet a really nice flavor profile. Easy to adapt to fit personal preferences and what’s handy in the kitchen.

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