Vietnam cooking class @ 2014

Vietnamese Chicken Soup

There is nothing quite like a big warming bowl of soup on a chilly autumn day. One soup that sits on my top 5 favorites is Vietnamese Pho. This soup has a clear broth that is made from aromatic spices and either beef or chicken bones. There are many variations but most commonly the broth is served with rice noodles, fresh fragrant herbs, chili peppers, been sprouts, limes wedges and sliced or shredded meat. In the case of beef pho, it is thin raw slices of beef that are served on top of the soup. Chicken pho is topped with cooked and sliced or shredded pieces of chicken.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ounce cellophane noodle
  • ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 

 

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Soak noodles in very hot tap water.
2. While noodles are soaking, cut chicken into thin julienne strips.
3. Heat oil in deep skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken; garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes.
4. Cook, stirring for 1 minute; then add broth and fish sauce and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until chicken is done, about 8 minutes.
6. Drain noodles and cut into short pieces, about 1-1 1/2 inches long.
7. Arrange noodles in bottom of bowls; ladle soup over the top and sprinkle with cilantro, onion, and basil.
8. Serve with”Tuong Ot Sriracha” (Viet hot sauce), or chile paste, if desired.

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