Before you read further, there’s definitely a way better recipe for pho. But if you’re looking for a “quick” pho recipe, this ones for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m trying to adopt a series of recipes meant to be #quickeats. My definition for quick eats are you can start and finish in less than an hour (or so), ingredients that are always in your kitchen, and little to no fancy equipment used. Adjustments should be made for personal preference.
- 1 chicken (or substitute other type of bone in chicken)
- 1 White Onion
- 3 in. Ginger - 1 Rock Sugar
- Chicken Pho Powder (Gia Vi Pho Ga)
- Fish Sauce
- Pho Noodles, fresh or dry
- Green Onions for garnish
- Cilantro for garnish
- Basil leaves for garnish
- Bean sprouts for garnish
- Extra meat
🍜Boil a large pot of water with 1 whole chicken. Water enough to cover chicken. Boil on high. (Shown using drumsticks because leftovers).
🍜Place 1 small white onion and ginger into a wire mesh container for easy removal later. Also drop in 1 rock sugar.
🍜Once boiling for a while, turn to medium and continue to let boil for an hour. Skin the scum at the surface from time to time. Continue to check from time to time
🍜Once an hour has passed, taste broth. Also check chicken if cooked by poking. Add in pho ga powder for the essential aromas. Add in like a teaspoon at a time and taste. I usually do 1-2 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍜Add about a teaspoon at a time of fish sauce as needed for more salt. I do like a tablespoon.
🍜When broth is to your liking, remove chicken and wire mesh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍜When cooled, peel meat off chicken and place on plate for preparation of bowl. (I run under cool water so I can peel sooner). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍜Have your pho noodles ready and cook per instructions on bag. Usually just needs to be boiled for less than 30 seconds in a different pot.
🍜Assemble bowl with noodles, beef slices (optional), and shredded chicken. 🍜Ladle soup over. Add miscellaneous toppings. Enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you want to follow the more traditional steps to make pho ga, I love and recommend @helenrecipes !