The first time I tried Pho Bo when I was at Central Park. Honestly, I've never tried a typical Vietnamese food before. So when I look around quite a lot of foreign cuisine in peddling in the food court in Central Park, so my choice fell on a dealer who sells a variety of typical Vietnamese noodles.
Vietnamese cuisine can be categorized into 3 sections according to regions.
North Vietnam - has a more simple dishes and get a lot of influence from Chinese (Cantonese), with more use of soy sauce.
French influence can be seen in the region - South Vietnam , which has also received influences from India with curry spices.
Finally, Central Vietnam - which further demonstrate the influence of "pure" taste of Vietnam with a clearer, more seasoned & more colorful.
Chinese influence in Vietnamese cuisine can be seen from the use of many vegetables in the menu & the use of chopsticks at the dinner table.
While donating the use of French cooking techniques - consommé (clear broth) as the basis for making most of the Vietnamese soup, and Pho Bo is famous was actually the Noodle Consommé; the noodles which served with clear broth.
That morning I tried to make Pho Bo for breakfast & trust me ... this is one of the easiest dish that i ever made! The process of cooking & the difficulty "almost" the same as when we make Indomie with egg & vegetables J
Let's try it! ;)
- 1000 ml chicken stock
- 2 cm cinnamon
- 1 Star Anise
- 2 Cloves
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 / 2 small Onion, sliced
- 2 cm Ginger, crushed
- 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1 / 4 tsp salt - if needed
- 100 gram Beef - steak, fatty flank, lean flank, brisket- thinly sliced
- 100 grams of bean sprouts, discarding root
- 2 serving Vietname Silver Rice Noodle / Shahe
- 4 red chili, thinly sliced
- 1 Spring Onion, thinly sliced
- 2 stalks coriander, leaves picked
- lime juice
- Mint ( optional )
- Enter stock, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves in a saucepan, and cook until boiling.
- Heat oil in a skillet, sauté the onion and ginger until fragrant, remove, add into the broth pot. Cook until boiling, reduce the flame and continue cooking for about 1 / 5 hours until the smell out, lift.
- Strain broth, discarding the waste. Back on the fire, add the fish sauce and salt ( if needed ). Add thebeff, and cook over low heat until boiling.
- Boil sprouts, noodle and brewed with boiling water, remove and drain
- Place the noodle in a bowl, add the bean sprouts on top. Pour the hot broth and beef. Sprinkle with red chili, cilantro, mint & basil. Serve hot with lemon juice.
- Enjoy! :)
I enjoy the breakfast that morning along with my sister & a bowl of Pho Bo.
Often when we tasted one type of food for the first time, then the moment was the best & think that is to be embedded in our memories.But for me,this Pho Bo is more enjoyable & valuable than the first - more delicious ... because I make this with my own hand & heart full of love - is more valuable ... because in return I saw a smile on my sister's face when she said: "Tq Cici!" :) - And I also gained smiled and said to myself "Tq Lord!" :)
Stay Healthy & Loves Your Kitchen More! ;)
Difficulty : Easy
Cooking Time : 45 minutes
Makes : 2 serving