Friday, April 30, 2010

What the Pho?

The Vietnamese Pho is probably one of the best dishes ever created. There's nothing more comforting that a big bowl of noodles! It can be pretty versatile too, you can omit the chicken broth and use vegetable broth, and you can also put whatever veggies you like in it.
Furthermore, you can use whatever kind of noodles you want. I used tofu noodles cause I like to limit my carbs (they are pretty good, they just need to be boiled before you make the soup). By the way, it is pronounced Fuh? (with a question mark).

Olivia's Pho
1 pkg tofu noodles (or rice noodles)
2-3 c chicken broth
chicken breast
2 cloves of garlic
dark soy sauce
bean sprouts
sugar snap or snow peas
sambal (spicy chili sauce)

1. Slice all veggies thin and set aside until service.
2. Parboil the noodles in water first. Drain noodles, set aside. Slice chicken fairly thin, season with salt, and boil in the same pot with 2-3 cups of chicken broth. Add smashed garlic cloves, slices of fresh ginger, and a few splashes of soy sauce. Add noodles when the chicken is almost done. 
3. Let simmer until the flavors meld together. Take out cloves of garlic, add all veggies. Stir in Sambal. Serve with limes.


  1. I'll have to try this one! I always wondered what vegetarian pho would taste like. And by the way it is pronounced "fuh" but since vietnamese is a tonal language it is "fuh?" You kind of need to add a questioning inflection to the word. Think of scooby doo and how exaggerated his questioning inflection is....haha.

  2. One of my most favorite dishes. I make mine with a rice noodle that I prepared and rinse before I make my broth. I use lots of basil instead of the cilantro and slices of hot pepper added to the broth right before serving. Its a nice addition to the sambal sauce. The slice of lime is a must have. Even my husband, Eddie Wayne loves this dish and would be very happy to have his niece prepare it for him.