Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cooking with the Fam: Pho Gà

After our crazy day on June 25th, we were originally planning on driving 5 1/2 hours straight home to get home around midnight but it hit me that I was too exhausted to drive home that night. Thankfully my Dì Thuy and Chu Thai were kind enough to offer us a place to sleep that evening. I was then graced with an impromptu lesson from Dì Thuy on Pho Gà.

Pho Gà is really a Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup but maybe on steroids. The noodles are longer and thicker, there's a ton of flavour in the broth and a showering of aromatic herbs and veggies. It's also a simpler version, in taste and preparation, of it's more popular brother Pho Bò. It is definitely the kind of cold cleansing soup we all know and love, the kind of soup that works well as a breakfast, brunch, lunch or a light supper.

Pho Gà by Dì Thuy
Printable Recipe

Broth Ingredients
1 whole chicken
Celery, cut into thirds
Carrots, cut in thirds
An Onion, cut in half
Several large slices of ginger
Star anise
Pepper corns
Whole cloves
Fish sauce

In the bowl
Pho noodles
Pieces of the chicken.
Hoisin sauce
Bean sprouts
All the good herbs
Green onions
White onions in vinegar
Mmm, raw chicken.
Fill a large soup pot with water. Add the chicken, celery, carrots and onion. Turn on medium to high heat to boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer once the water boils. Skim the foam. Cook the chicken for about an hour, or until cooked. Add the spices and let cook for another 15 minutes. While cooking, peel the chicken from the carcass into bite-size strips to later put in the soup. Set aside. Remove the spices from the broth.

Prepare the pho noodles as per the packaging instructions. Place noodles in a bowl, put everything else on top, ladle on the broth.

Unfortunately there's no pretty picture of a bowl of beautiful, crystal clear broth because I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to. It was delicious. Cảm ơn Dì Thuy!

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