Vietnamese Soup- Pho

Pho is a wonderful Vietnamese soup that is staple of this cuisine.  Pho literally means noodle, so it is a delicious broth that has a combination of noodles and vegetables and some type of protein.  The combination is up to the individual.  The garnishes can be set up on the table for each person to add what they want.  It’s a lot of fun for a party.  Pho is pronounced like a cross between Fa and Fu, a bit like foot with out the t.   At least that is how I have heard it.Pho Broth

Broth

10 cups broth (vegetarian or chicken)

4 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 whole cloves

4 large slices of ginger

1 small bunch of cilantro

1 onion in slices

3 Tablespoons sugar

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of rice noodles, soaked for 30 min. in cold water.

Garnishes

Garnishes (pick what you like)

Cilantro leaves

mint leaves

basil leaves

finely chopped chiles

hot sauce (Thai or Chinese)

hoisin sauce

bean sprouts

sliced scallions

thinly sliced carrots

lemon wedges

sliced cooked chicken or beef  or shrimp

Pho

Broth

Crush all of the spices. Add all of the ingredients to a stock pot and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.  Strain the broth to get rid of the spices.  Add the noodles and allow the guests to add what ever garnishes they would like.  Then cover with the hot broth.  Enjoy

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Noodles by Kenichi

Noodles by Kenichi

sauces

There is a new restaurant in town and that is always fun.  And this is great because it is a gourmet fast food place.  I had been seeing the ads in the newspaper and was very curious.
So they say they have “Custom Salads and Asian Inspirations”.  You can build your own salad or choose from a list of local favorites.  You choose your greens, pick “throw ins”, determine your dressing and add protein.  The list of “throw ins” is quite large.  Everything from avocado, tomatoes, fruits, veggies, cheeses and nuts.  They provide a good selection.  And the dressings are interesting, some with an Asian twist.  The proteins are vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

I decided to try the tofu.  They recommended the house baked tofu that is marinated in a special sauce then baked and wok stir fried right before serving.  It was probably the best tofu I have had.   It was really good.  But you could also pick chicken,shrimp or beef.

noodle's salad

tofu

They also have 6 different Noodle bowls.  There were several interesting choices.  But the one we tried was the
Chiang Mai Green Curry.  It had rice noodles, baby bok choy, eggplant, shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots with lemon grass kaffir lime green curry sauce.  It was excellent.  There too you could add protein.  We asked for the beef tenderloin.  It finished the dish nicely.Noodle's soup

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