Simply put, Pho Ga is chicken noodle soup but the Vietnamese version that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner actually does have medicinal qualities
Simply put, Pho Ga is chicken noodle soup but the Vietnamese version that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner actually does have medicinal qualities*!
*Star anise is used in the production of the swine flu vaccine.
For the broth
1 whole chicken
1 unpeeled onion, cut in half
1 unpeeled chunk of ginger
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
4 whole cloves
2 whole star anise
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
small bunch of spring onion stems, tied with cooking twine
To be added to broth
1 pack flat rice noodles
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup chopped spring onions
1/2 shaved red onion
1/2 lime, cut into four wedges
Place ginger and onion on a small baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Once cool, rub ginger to remove skin and cut into thick slices.
Meanwhile, fill a large stockpot with water and bring to the boil. Carve the chicken meat off the bones and put to one side. Cut the chicken breast from bones and put to one side. Cut the remaining chicken in to pieces, this help release the flavour, place in the boiled water and boil on high for five minutes. Remove the chicken and rinse. Drain the stock to remove froth, scum and solids; you should be left with a clear stock.
Clean your pot thoroughly and refill with four litres of clean, cold water. Add chicken, chicken breast meat, onion, ginger and all remaining broth ingredients and cover. Bring to the boil, then immediately turn heat to low. Prop lid up so that steam can escape.
After 15 minutes, remove the chicken breasts and allow to cool. Shred with your fingers and set aside. With a large spoon, skim the surface of the broth to remove any impurities. Skimming every 20 minutes ensures a clear broth. Simmer for a total of 11/2 hours.
Strain the broth and discard solids. Prepare noodles as per directions on package. Laddle broth, add shredded chicken breast and soft noodles in each bowl.
Garnish with remaining ingredients and enjoy with friends.
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