How to make the Best Vietnamese Pho soup

Today we’ll learn how to make a delicious, appetizing and fabulous bowl of Vietnamese Pho Soup. The recipe is very easy, and the ingredients used are easily available in the market. Well, you might have tried a pho soup before in any restaurant, and not to mention, it’s cheap but delicious.

The best thing about making the pho soup yourself is that apart from the star anise, cardamom, fennel seeds and cinnamon, you can customize it the way you want and add extra toppings as you desire. So, here is the recipe for this delicious Vietnamese dish.

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Preparing Pho Soup

Ingredients

Garnishes

  • Fresh ground black pepper.
  • 6 Thai bird chilies. You can also use serrano chili thinly cut into rings.
  • 1 lime which is cut into 6 thin wedges.
  • ½ sliced yellow onion.
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  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro.
  • 10 spring Asian basil.
  • 1 dozen saw-leaf herb leaves.
  • 1 pound of bean sprouts.

Broth

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt.
  • 5 pounds of beef marrow. You can also use knuckle bones.
  • 6 cloves that are toasted in dry pan.
  • 2 pounds of beef chuck cut into 2
  • 10 star anise toasted in a dry pan.
  • 2 small gingers cut in half length and lightly bruised and charred.
  • 3 ounce of rock sugar or 3 tablespoons regular sugar.
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and charred.
  • ¼ cup of fish sauce.

Noodles

  • You need 1 pounds of dried 1/16 inches wide rice sticks that are soaked, cooked and then drained.
  • 1/3 pounds of beef sirloin which is slightly frozen and then thinly slice.

How to Prepare?

1: Cooking the Bones and Beef Chucks: Firstly take a large stockpot, add 6 quarts of water and boil it. Now add bones and beef chuck in another pot and add water to cover it. Let it boil vigorously for about 5 minutes. Next take out the bones and beef with the help of tongs and place them in the first pot of boiling water. Now simmer the bones and beef for about 40 minutes. Next remove one piece of meat and put and dip it in cool water for about 10 minutes. This prevents it from drying and darkening. Finally drain the water, and cut it into thin slices placed at a small distance from each other, meanwhile the beef chuck continues to simmer.

2: Preparing the Broth: Once the broth has cooked for about 1 ½ hours, cover the star anise and cloves in a spice bag and add them to this simmering broth. Allow it to cook and infuse with the broth for about 30-40 minutes. Now remove the spice bags and onions. Next add the sea salt and let the broth cook for another 2 hours. The broth will taste a bit extra salty, but it will balance once mixed with the noodles.

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3: Serving: Now comes the serving. Place the cooked noodles in medium sized bowls. The noodles must be hot, else they would cool down the soup. Once added, place the beef chuck slices and sirloin in it. Next, add the boiling broth in the bowl. 2-3 cups of broth in each bowl would be perfect. Garnish the soup with scallions, cilantro and the yellow onions. Finally serve them quickly before it starts to cool. Let the guests add garnishes as per taste.

How to cook Vietnamese food perfectly? 5 Pro Cooking Tips

Vietnamese food is well-known for its delicious flavors, uniqueness and a never ending range of items. However, cooking it perfectly isn’t something easy, and to be honest, you can’t prepare a delicious Vietnam dish without knowing what steps or techniques must be used. Preparing Vietnamese food isn’t like cooking the frozen meals in the microwave. It requires a whole lot of practice before you can finally master to cook the perfect, delicious and appetizing dish.

So, below are 5 tips that will help you cook Vietnamese food perfectly. These tips are from the top chefs in the world Vietnamese foods.

Cooking Tips

1: Less Is More

The very core part of learning to cook Vietnamese dishes is seasoning. If we look at some European traditions, the meal is usually seasoned during the cooking process, and there is no further requirement of adding salt. Also, when preparing Vietnamese food, the dipping sauce is one of the essential things as it contains a fair quantity of salty fish sauce.

2: Always Shake Before You Buy

We recommend you shaking the bottle of fish sauce before you buy. After shaking observe the sauce. The sauce must form bubble rising from the bottom towards the top in a continuous stream. However, if they come up too quickly, or the bubbles are large, the sauce isn’t viscous enough and lacks enough fish oils. Means, you won’t get the desired taste.

3: Keeping the Annatto Oil in Pantry

When cooking Vietnamese dishes, your main focus should be on how your food appears in the plate. Annatto oil has red seeds infused in the oil, and pouring it over the dishes gives it a beautiful golden color. You can also use it for margination purpose. Most commonly, duck, pork or bones are marinated with it. Having a sealed container of the legendary annatto oil will keep it for many months in your pantry.

4: Chicken Fat Isn’t Bad At All

The rendered chicken fat can easily be purchased in a bottle from any local market or a grocery store. You can add it to many dishes you’ll cook. However, only a small quantity of it should be added to the rice before steaming it. It adds a great flavor, odor and creaminess to your dishes and also keeps the grains separate from each other.

5: Always Cook Meat & Fish on the Bone

Why? When you cook the meat or fish on the bone, it helps to maximize the flavor and juice of the final cooked food. Moreover, it also prevents the fish or meat from drying out or turning black which is quite natural. You can use a medium sized or a large bone.

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9 Vietnamese desserts that will leave you wanting more

Who doesn’t loves a delicious dessert after some salty & spicy meals? Vietnamese desserts have a variety of delicious items that will force you to try them once in your life. Unlike the other desserts, the Vietnamese desserts have various tastes and a relishing flavor that sinks in your taste buds. Well, below are 9 delicious Vietnamese desserts you must try out.

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9 Vietnamese Desserts

1: Che

Che is a sweet Vietnamese soup and is a perfect match in hot weather. It is cheap but delicious and comes in various flavors like the banana sweet soup, sweet glutinous rice dumplings, sweet pomelo soup and many others. All of them have a different color, flavor and a great texture.

2: Ban Da Lon

It is a delicious sweet cake and is originally from the North of Vietnam. It has a very pleasant aroma and texture filled with multiple colors. The cake seems a bit like a jelly filled with tapioca flour, mung beans, pandan leaves and layers of red, green and yellow color.

3: Banh Khoai Mi Nuong

Banhh Khoai Mu Nuong is a bit different from the regular Vietnamese desserts. It has a savory flavor to sweet taste. You’ll enjoy the sweet taste of coconut milk and its aroma. Other than that, spices, eggs, and Cassava are also added.

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4: Banh Bot Loc

It has a crispy cover and a chewy taste. It appears much like a dumpling served with a dipping sauce. The fillings are light, comprising of Shrimps and Pork one with a banana lead and the other without any cover. The sweet and pleasant aroma of the banana is splendid.

5: Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo is another crispy and spicy dessert with a sour dipping source. Its crispy is made from the cover, while the sweet taste from the shrimps and Mung Beans, while the spicy and sour taste from its dipping sauce. In some restaurants, you have the choice of choosing only a sweet or spicy dipping.

6: Tropical Fruits

The traditional Vietnamese fruits are more loved than other desserts in a Vietnam cuisine. A lot of people prefer the tropical fruits that include pomelo, bananas, watermelon and sometimes strawberries and mangos are also served. In some Vietnamese restaurants, a sweet cream is also poured over the tropical fruits.

7: Che Bap

It is a typical pudding, much like soup and is made from sweet corns, glutinous rice and topped with a sweet and thick coconut milk.  You can eat it warm or cold or even as a snack in the evening time.

8: Che Ba Mau

It’s three colored desserts made from colored beans, jelly and covered with a thick and syrupy coconut milk. Mung bean paste, Kidney beans  and green jelly are commonly used. This dessert is quite heavy, and you’ll be filled after having one glass of it.

9: Che Surong Sa Hat LuU

Also known as the Rainbow dessert! It is a sweet and delicious dessert, and its main ingredients include mung beans, coconut milk, mock pomegranate seeds and agar jelly. One glass of it can refresh your mind and body. The pomegranate seeds are usually colored and when topped with coconut milk, gives a great texture.