Chicken “Faux” Pho

The ultimate Asian dinner soup may well be the popular Vietnamese “pho”. Make this soup from scratch and it takes 2 days. Follow this recipe and it’s done in half an hour. Comfort cooking doesn’t get much better than this.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients

8 cups chicken broth
6 slices ginger, fresh
2 cinnamon stick(s)
4 star anise
1 tsp hot chili sauce
1 tsp sugar
6 mushrooms, large, dried (optional)
1 red onion(s)
or
1 white onion
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
or
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
or
3 cups cooked chicken
1 cup rice vermicelli, broken into 3 or 4 inch (7.5 to 10 cm) pieces
1/4 - 1/2 cup basil, leaves
1/4 - 1/2 cup mint, leaves
1 lime, cut into wedges (for garnish)
Thai basil, fresh, for garnish
mint leaves, fresh, for garnish
bean sprouts, fresh, for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. To make the broth, combine the chicken broth, ginger, cinnamon stick, star anise, hot sauce and sugar in a large saucepan. If using dried mushrooms, add the whole dried mushrooms. Bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile slice onion in half through the root end. Place cut-side down on a cutting board. Thinly slice onions. Add to the simmering broth, separating into strips as you add. Then cover and reduce heat so broth gently boils.

  2. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes to develop flavors. Meanwhile slice raw chicken into bite-size strips. After the broth has simmered 10 minutes, taste and if “gingery” enough, remove ginger slices. Stir in the raw chicken. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.

  3. Once the chicken is cooked and there is enough flavor in the broth, remove the cinnamon stick and star anise. Also if using dried mushrooms, remove from the broth. Cut away the stems and discard. Thinly slice remaining mushrooms and return to the broth.

  4. Add the noodles, separating as you add. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Then lower the heat and simmer until noodles are done as you like, about 5 minutes. Before serving, shred the basil and mint and stir in.

Helpful Tip

To make ahead, prepare the broth but do not add the chicken. Remove the ginger, cinnamon and star anise. Remove mushrooms if using, cut out the stems and discard. Slice the remaining mushrooms and return to the broth. Broth will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 days or freeze. Then heat the broth and add the raw chicken and simmer until chicken is almost cooked. Add the noodles and cook covered until chicken and noodles are tender. Liven it Up: Serve the soup as they do in Vietnamese restaurants with lime wedges, fresh thai basil and mint leaves as well as bean sprouts. Squeeze lime into a bowl of hot soup, then scatter with torn fresh herbs and bunch the bean sprouts in the centre of the soup.

Nutrition Info

Per 500 g serving Amount
Calories270
Protein38 g
Fat4 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Carbohydrate19 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar3 g
Cholesterol75 mg
Sodium210 mg
Per 500 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium24
Calcium4
Iron10
Vitamin A4
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B647
Vitamin B1241
Folate10
Zinc20