Winter calls for lots of warm and nourishing soup. One of the healthiest and most nutritious soups I can’t get enough of is Vietnamese Pho. It’s far too good to relegate just to winter and truth be known I enjoy Pho all year round.
Although traditionally made from beef and chicken stock, many Vietnamese restaurants will oblige with a vegetarian option – however be warned that not all is made to the mantra of vegetarianism – yes you will find an assortment of vegetables in the bowl but
all too often the broth will be made from beef or chicken stock – so be prepared to ask how the stock has been made.
Fortunately there is no need to second-guess ingredients when making your own Pho from scratch. The great thing about home cooking is that you can modify the ingredients and add whatever pleases the palate. Making the broth is time consuming but it’s all about enjoying the process and learning new skills.
Nothing beats a warm and nourishing soup that is full of flavour, especially when its home made the ingredients in this can be modified to suit your own tastes.
Preparation Time: 60 minutes
Cooking Time: 90 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
To Make the Mushroom Stock
20g Dried Shitake Mushrooms
10g Dried Porcini Mushrooms
1 Mushroom or Vegetable Stock Cube
3L Hot Water
Salt and Pepper to Taste
To Make the Pho Broth
1 small Onion
1 large knob Ginger
4 Pieces Star Anise
1 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
2 Cardamom Pods
1 Cinnamon Bark
1 Teaspoon Cloves
1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
Thai Green Basil
Red and Green Chilli
Making the Mushroom Stock
Dried Shitake and Porcini mushrooms are used to make the mushroom stock.
Making the Pho Broth
Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for an hour before making the Pho Broth the stock will form the basis of the broth.
For added depth of flavour add the sautéed onion and ginger to the mushroom stock.
Dried spices such as Star Anise, Coriander, Fennel, Cardamon, Cloves and Cinnamon Bark were used to make the Pho broth.
Assembling the Pho
Dunk a muslin bag filled with the spices into the stock and let the flavours seep into the broth for that distinctive Pho flavour.
Start assembling the Pho by placing handsized portions of rice noodles into the bottom of each serving bowl.
Satisfy your Pho cravings with ingredients of your liking.
is a dish that will be enjoyed by vegetarians and carnivores
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