30 Minute Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Soup)
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings
 
ingredients:
Chicken Pho Broth
  • 2 tablespoons.whole coriander seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 quarts (2 liters/8 cups/64 fluid ounces) purchased or homemade chicken stock
  • 1 whole chicken breast (bone in or boneless)
  • ½ of one onion
  • 1 3-inch (7.5 cm) chunk of ginger, sliced and smashed with side of knife
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons.sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons.fish sauce
  • 1 lb. (500 grams/16 ounces) dried rice noodles (about ¼ inch/6 mm wide):
Accompaniments
  • 2 cups (200 grams/7 ounces) bean sprouts, washed and tails pinched off *
  • Fresh cilantro (coriander) tops (leaves and tender stems)
  • ½ cup (50 grams/approx. 2 ounces) shaved red onions
  • ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • Sriracha chili sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sliced fresh chili peppers of your choice
directions:
  1. To make the Chicken Pho Broth: heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the coriander seeds, cloves and star anise and toast until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Immediately spoon out the spices to avoid burning.
  2. In a large pot, add all the ingredients (including the toasted spices) and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes, skimming the surface frequently.
  4. Use tongs to remove the chicken breasts and shred the meat with your fingers or slice it like I did, discarding the bone if you have used bone-in breasts.
  5. Taste the broth and add more fish sauce or sugar, if needed. Strain the broth and discard the solids.
  6. Prepare the noodles as per directions on the package.
  7. Ladle the broth into bowls. Then divide the shredded or sliced chicken breast and the soft noodles evenly into each bowl.
  8. Have the accompaniments spread out on the table. Each person can customize their own bowl with these ingredients.
notes:
* I like the tails on the bean sprouts, so I leave them on. A matter of choice.
Recipe by parsley sage sweet at http://www.parsleysagesweet.com/2009/10/14/vietnamese-penicillin-this-is-not-your-bubbys-chicken-soup/