For those who are saying to themselves, "What in the world is Pho?" Well let me give you a quick run down! Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà). The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Vietnamese basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining. Got it? Ok, here is how I made mine:
1 jalapeno, stem removed and cut in half
1 onion, quartered
1 inch piece of peeled sliced into a few pieces
8 cloves of garlic, crushed
8 cups vegetable stock
4 cups water
1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
¼ tsp ground star anise
1 tsp soy sauce
1 package of extra firm tofu, diced into bite sized pieces.
1 large package of clear rice Asian noodles
Simmer jalapeno, onion, ginger, and garlic until softened. Then add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a steady simmer (about med-high) and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove and discard all the veggies in the broth. Add tofu and noodles and cook until noodles are done and tofu is cooked through.
Now if you have never had Pho, here is what you do: You not only have the soup, but you have the garnished and flavor enhancements on the side that you add in before you eat.
Typical pho sides are:
Thai Basil (not sweet basil, they are totally different!) We found some at Market of Choice off Willamette in Eugene (for you locals)
Lime wedges (for the fresh juice)
Asian Chili paste, or shiracha