Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Daring Cooks #5 Vietnamese Chicken Pho...

This month's DC challenge is hosted by Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. She choose the Vietnamese Chicken Pho and another additional recipe of Sweet Wontons (which unfortunately with my operation and lots of other things going on I didn't have a chance to make, but I'm going to do so!).
The soup was very good indeed. It's perfect especially now, when the days are shorter and much cooler. It's very warming and have a nice kick ;) It's sort of 'comfort food' for me.

How to make it...

For the Chicken Pho Broth:
- 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 whole star anise
- 2 quarts (2 liters/8 cups/64 fluid ounces) store-bought or homemade chicken stock
- 1 whole chicken breast (bone in or boneless)
- 1/2 onion
- 7.5 cm chunk of ginger, sliced and smashed with side of knife
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 500 grams dried rice noodles (about 6 mm wide)
- 2 cups (200 grams) bean sprouts, washed and tails pinched off
- fresh cilantro (coriander) tops (leaves and tender stems)
- 1/2 cup (50 grams) shaved red onions
- 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- Sriracha chili sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Sliced fresh chili peppers of your choice

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. In a large pot, add all the ingredients (including the toasted spices) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes, skimming the surface frequently.
Use tongs to remove the chicken breasts and shred the meat with your fingers, discarding the bone if you have used bone-in breasts. Taste the broth and add more fish sauce or sugar, if needed. Strain the broth and discard the solids.
Prepare the noodles as per directions on the package.
Ladle the broth into bowls. Then divide the shredded chicken breast and the soft noodles evenly into each bowl. Have the accompaniments spread out on the table. Each person can customize their own bowl with these ingredients.

Note: Use same spices as listed in the chicken Pho recipe for pork, seafood and vegetarian/vegan variations. The beef variation lists it’s unique spices in the recipe.

As I did only part of this month's challenge I encourage you to check blogs of my fellow Daring Cooks and see what they've made. You can find them here.



  1. Awesome job!! This looks *amazing* =D.

  2. I too liked this months challenge. It sure is a comfort food for a cold crisp day. I will be making Pho ga next time. Your pho looks really good. Hope you're feeling better. BTW, i'm just finishing my blog for it's still the 13th here=;)

  3. I have really been into soups lately as well since it's been getting chilly, so I really enjoyed this challenge as well. Your pho looks delish!

  4. There's nothing quite like a bowl of pho when the weather is chilly! It's spring here in Oz but pho is jusy too good to not enjoy all year round!

    Good job! :)

  5. Mmmm, great work! I agree that pho is the ultimate comfort food.

  6. Great job on the soup! It is nice to have a hot soup on a cold day.

  7. Great job! Glad you enjoyed the challenge too :D

  8. Yes, it is a comfort food in deed. Once I had it, can't stop having it again and again until I run out of the broth :-)

    Operation? Are you okay?


  9. I was just getting over a bit of flu when I cooked this challenge and for the life of me I don't know why I didn't make the chicken version. Yours looks so wholesome.

  10. Lovely job! I agree: pho is the ultimate comfort food! Gotta love that broth!

  11. Delicious looking results for this challenge. Definitely a cold weather food thing. :-)

  12. Not only is this comfort food, but boy, it really helped my cold! That said, your Pho looks incredible, Anula. Great PHOtos too! :)


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