Vietnamese phở (pronounced: Fuh) is a soup consisting of broth, noodles (bánh phở), fresh herbs and meat, such as beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). The recipe for phở dat we got from Lam is with chicken. The dish is relatively easy to make, but it does take time. To make a tasty chicken broth, you have to let it simmer for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. But believe us, you do get a delicious fresh soup full of flavor in return.
Step 1. Make the chicken broth
Cut the chicken into large pieces. Do you use a whole chicken? Then remove the butt, cut the chicken in half and clean it inside. Soak the chicken in hot water for 10 minutes. Then rinse it off with cold water.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil (approx. 6 liters). Add the chicken or chicken thighs and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Check occasionally for the foam and remove if necessary.
After 30 minutes of cooking, add the chicken stock cubes and the sugar. Leave on low heat for another 45 minutes. In the meantime, continue to the other steps.
After the broth has simmered for 1 hour and 15 minutes in total, turn off the heat and leave it for a while with the lid on the pan.
Remove the chicken from the pan and shred it with two forks into smaller chicken pieces.
Step 2. Make the Hanh Chua (optional)
Cut the onion into half rings.
Add the yellow vinegar, water and sugar and leave for at least 1 hour. In the end, the sorrel should not be sweet, but sour.
Step 3. Prepare the ginger and onion
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Clean the onion and ginger but leave the skin. Cover a baking tray with onion halves and ginger pieces and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Add the star anise and cinnamon halfway through.
Cut the tops off the onion and remove the outer layer and mash the ginger with a large knife. Add it to the chicken broth along with the star anise and cinnamon.
Let it simmer for a while and add salt to taste if necessary. The broth should be a little on the salty side. When you add the noodles, it becomes less salty.
Step 4. Serve the pho ga
Place the noodles on a plate and pour the soup over it.
Finally, add the bean sprouts, chicken, juice of 1 lime, spring onion, fresh herbs and red chili. Add a splash of fish sauce if desired. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Ăn ngon miệng nhé! ('Enjoy your meal')
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1 soup chicken or loose chicken thighs with skin (skin is important for flavor)
2 large white onions
2 thumbs of ginger
6 spring onions
100 grams of bean sprouts
1 red chili
3 chicken stock cubes
2 tbsp salt
5 pieces of star anise
1 cinnamon stick
3 tbsp sugar
200 grams Banh pho (rice noodles)
Optional: fish sauce
For Hanh Chua (optional on the side):
1 red onion
2 tbsp yellow vinegar
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
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