Vietnamese Pho Ga, or Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup, is a healthy and refreshing soup that is loaded with unique international flavors. Good luck eating just one bowl!
There are so many ways to season this soup, and there are even more ways to garnish it. It's a truly customizable dish with layers and layers of flavor and broth that is to-die-for.
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Pho Ga has quickly become one of my favorite meals. It's flavorful, it's easy to customize, and it's really healthy.
The broth for Vietnamese Pho Ga is sometimes made with a whole chicken to get the added flavor from the fat and bones. But, in the essence of time, I opted to use chicken breasts which still achieves a pretty kicka** flavor for much less time in the kitchen.
The flavor is largely attributed to the bevy of spices that are used. Peppercorns, cardamom, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, and star anise – spices that are often bundled into Chinese five-spice.
This is the one and only recipe that I have ever used star anise for. It has a very unique smell which you can catch a nice hint of once the broth gets to a good simmer.
One thing I love about this dish is that it is super healthy. There isn't a single thing in this recipe that is unhealthy, as a matter of fact… especially if you opt out of putting any added hoisin or hot sauce as a small topping – but that amount you'd put there is not enough to make this an unhealthy dish. I never opt out of these sauces because they add a nice little kick to an already flavorful bite.
If you are looking for a family-friendly meal or something that works well for a group with different tastes, this is perfect because it follows the build-your-own concept.
With the exception of the noodles and chicken, which are placed on the bottom of the bowl before filling with broth, all of the other ingredients are added just before serving.
Because the chicken may have cooled after shredding, the broth will save you from needing to reheat it.
The chicken is super tender and more flavorful than a simple poach because it is actually cooked in the broth.
Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you! There's a reason this soup tastes so good!
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