While other people crave chocolate, fast food or other types of sinful dishes when they are sick or stressed out, mine is definitely Vietnamese food – specifically cold rolls and pho. I love the light and fresh flavours that leave you feeling full and happy. I usually order it from my favourite restaurant in town, the Asian Wok, but tonight I decided it was time to learn to make my own – especially with finances being strict with the new house and being sick and not wanting to be out in public…. So I made the dive and made my own shrimp pho.
- 5 cups chicken stock
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp dehydrated chives
- 1/4 of a white onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup of shelled shrimp
- Rice noodles (I used 1/3 of a pack – you can add more or less)
In a large pot, bring to a very light boil the stock, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, chives and onions (also the shrimp if they haven’t been cooked – if they have, leave them out until the end). Let this combination simmer for 10 minutes then add your rice noodles until they are nice and soft (usually 3-5 minutes).
Dish out your pho and top with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime or lemon and add some sweet thai chilli sauce if you like heat. Sit down and enjoy the comfort.
If you are looking for a great dish to pair the pho with, try my shrimp cold/fresh rolls.
Enjoy my BS’ers!