How to Make Chicken Pho Soup

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Making chicken pho soup is easy, so long as you follow the appropriate steps in just the right way. Find out how to properly make chicken pho soup with help from a food host and private chef in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chef Mariko. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a chicken pho soup. This is a really easy Vietnamese style soup that's absolutely nutritious. To get started, you'll want to get a saucepan over medium heat. Add a little bit of oil and then we're going to roast some aromatic spices. I have a cinnamon stick, a couple cloves of garlic and some star anise. I'm just going to stir these together for a second so the flavors have an opportunity to come out. This is what's going to give the pho its unique flavor. Now, I'm going to add four cups of chicken broth. You'll want the broth mixture to sit for about 15 minutes. While the broth is simmering, I'm going to get the rest of the ingredients ready for my chicken pho. First, I have the rice noodles, these are the traditional noodles that you use in the pho soup. They're gluten-free, they're really light and delicious. You start with the dry noodles and then you just cover them with boiling water. You'll want the noodles to sit for about three to five minutes until soft. If you're not going to use them right away, you can strain out the water and run a little cool water over them so they don't get all mushy. I'm just going to let that sit for a few minutes. Now, I want to prepare all the toppings for my chicken pho. For today's chicken pho, I have an assortment of the traditional toppings. I have mung bean sprouts, some sliced jalapenos, some fresh basil, some sliced red onion, some carrots and some cilantro. After my broth has been simmering for about ten minutes, I'm going to add the juice of one lime. I like to add it at the very end so then I can keep that strong like tart lime flavor. Alright. I'm checking my noodles, they're nice and tender and my broth has been simmering about 15 minutes and it smells delicious. To serve, drain out some of the rice noodles into a large bowl. Then, you want to garnish with a little green onion and then you want to add your chicken. This is about a half a cup of sliced cooked chicken breast. Now, I'm, just going to pour a ladle of the broth over my noodles and my chicken. Be sure to watch out for the star anise and the big cloves of garlic and cinnamon. We don't want those in our bowls. Now, the pho is ready to serve. This is the fun part of our pho because now you can add whatever you want and totally customize the dish. For mine, I'm going to add some of the bean sprouts, some jalapenos, maybe few more jalapenos 'cause I like it spicy. Some carrots, some onions and some basil. Now, it's ready to serve. This is Chef Mariko, showing you how to make chicken pho. Enjoy!


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