Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pho Noodle Soup

We have recently discovered Pho - Vietnamese Noodle Soup.  While we were in Texas, we went to a restaurant that had the BEST Pho we've ever tasted!

We also went to a Ramen restaurant, which was not your typical packaged ramen.  Very good, but I prefer the Pho.

When we got back from our Texas trip we tried Pho at a place close to home and it was quite a disappointment.  So naturally, I went on-line to find out how to make Pho myself.

After gathering all the ingredients, I now understand why it is a pricey dish to buy at a restaurant.  We've paid anywhere from $8 to $12.  For a bowl of soup.  Very aromatic, tasty soup.

My first attempt was "okay", but I learned that I need to use triple the amount of beef bones to create the broth.  I had only used one lb. and definitely needed 3 lbs.

First I boiled the bones for 15 minutes, then rinsed them well and added them to a clean pot of boiling water.  Then added the vegetables and spices.  Here's the broth coming back up to a boil:

It's just getting started here.  Beef bones, charred ginger and onion, cinnamon stick and a tea ball chuck full of spices.  Clove, Coriander, Star Anise, Cardamom, kosher salt, raw sugar.

The smell while this was simmering was AMAZING!

The problem I hadn't anticipated was that since the bones need to boil for 3 hours, it reduces quite a bit and I had to add water a few times which diluted the broth.  Using 3 lbs of bones would fix that problem.  Lesson learned!

So basically, you create this very aromatic beef broth to which you add Pho (rice) noodles, thinly sliced beef, and vegetable "toppings"; bean sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro, Thai basil, green onion and mint.

I've been advised that next time I make it I'm to add the cilantro and green onion while simmering the broth.

Once I perfect the broth, I'll be making a large batch so I can can it.  That will be amazing to have Pho whenever we need a Pho fix!

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