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Vietnamese Phở Gà

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 35 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

This simple Vietnamese street food, Phở Gà, warms the belly and nourishes the soul. You’re going to love all the flavors in this comforting Asian noodle dish!


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Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 6 pints cold water
  • 2 cubes of pho seasoning packet
  • 4 small onions quartered, skin on
  • 5 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • Handful fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon w/ rind on
  • Chinese spice blend packet – 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, cloves, peppercorns, fennel seeds)
  • 3 skinless/boneless chicken breasts sliced very thinly
  • 8 oz. rice noodles

Toppings

  • Green onions, chopped
  • Torn sweet Thai basil leaves or regular basil leaves
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha hot sauce

Instructions

  1. In large heavy pot, add chicken broth, water, Pho cubes, onions, garlic cloves, ginger root, and lemon. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, partially covered for 2 hours. Meanwhile, put spices in a cheesecloth and tie with string. Add spice packet for the last 20 minutes. Discard spices and strain the broth. Return broth to the pot and keep at a low simmer.
  2. During last 30 minutes of cooking, soak the rice noodles in water for 20 minutes and strain. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add rice noodles. Cook noodles until just done, about 5 minutes (firm but not mushy). Remove soup from stove. Add in sliced chicken just before serving (chicken will cook very quickly in the hot broth).
  3. To assemble soup: Place some noodles at the bottom of the bowl. Ladle soup over noodles, including sliced chicken. Serve with veggie toppings and sauces.

Notes

  • Make the soup broth in advance and either refrigerate it overnight or freeze it. The longer it sits, the more flavors it will develop!
  • Make sure to buy super fresh bean sprouts. They go bad very quickly!
  • The chicken will cook very quickly by slicing it very thinly. Leaving it in the broth too long will overcook the chicken! I like to drop it in at the very last step.
  • You can substitute the chicken for beef using beef broth and skirt steak, or use shrimp instead of meat!

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