Homemade Vietnamese Pho
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Delicious noodle soup. It's perfect for any occasion, especially chilly cold days! Easily serves 4-5 bowls. What's great is that this pho recipe takes less time to cook since it's chicken; whereas for beef, it can take several hours!
Prep Time: 30
Cook Time: 1
Total Time: 1.5 hours
Yield: 4-5 bowls
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 Large yellow onion
- 1 Medium white onion
- 1 ginger
- 1 garlic
- 1.5 gal water
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 3 Tbsp fish sauce
- 1 packaged meatballs
- 1 green onion
- 1 lemon
- 1 Handful star anise
- bean sprouts
- dried rice noodles
- hoisin sauce
- *Shrimp skins, optional
- *The day before, I prepared shrimp so I had the skin of the shrimp left and saved that for the pho broth. It is optional, but with the shrimp skin - you will get more natural flavors in the broth. I recommend using whole chicken which is very affordable when on sale and then wash and cut into pieces.
- You will need a large pot to start cooking the broth. Boil 1.5 gallon of water and add the shrimp skin, cook for about 25 minutes.
- Slice ginger and toss ginger and whole yellow onion into the pot.
- Now cook until the pot boils again. When pot boils, put all the chicken inside, salt and sugar and cook for another 25 minutes.
- Turn on your toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Grab a handful of star anise and bake for 5 minutes.
- Then throw the star anise into the pot and lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes. Add fish sauce and you are ready to serve!
- Now you have to cook the dried noodles. In another large pot, put a gallon of water and boil. Add the dried rice noodles and stir to separate, then cook until the noodles are tender, about 3-4 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
- You can remove the chicken breast and shred the chicken now if you would like.
- You are now ready to assemble your pho noodles and pour the pho broth on top.
- For beef, you can use packaged ready to eat meatballs. You just toss them into the noodles and the hot broth will heat the noodles.
- Typically you eat bean sprouts and mint into your pho dish
- Sriracha and Hoisin Sauce into your pho or as dipping for your chicken or meatballs
- Squeeze a lemon wedge for your pho
- Garnish bowl of pho with green onions and white onions.
Enjoy! No added MSG or anything in this homemade version.
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