Is there anything more comforting than a noodle soup? Actually yes – noodle soup from Dubai’s multi-award-winning Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnamese Foodies. Beloved up and down the city, this indie eatery in JLT shows you how to make chicken or beef pho. And if you can’t face standing over the stove, there’s always the option of delivery…
Here’s how it’s done…
Chicken or beef pho
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 70 minutes (plus 7 hours for broth recipe, if required)
• 1kg boneless beef shank or chicken drumsticks
• 3L of beef/chicken broth (recipe below for broth)
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 tbsp coriander seeds
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 2 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 500g dry rice noodle (rice sticks)
• 2 tbsp green onions chopped
• 200g beansprouts for garnishing
• Handful Thai basil
• Handful of sawtooth coriander on the side
• Boil your three litres of beef or chicken broth
• Add 1kg beef shank in the beef broth or chicken drumsticks into chicken broth for 1 hour in medium heat until just cooked but not too soft. Remove the meat and slice it into 3mm thin slices.
• Roast the spices (cinnamon, coriander seeds) on a cooking pan on high heat for 2 minutes, to bring out the flavor. Put them in a tea bag and place it in the broth. Note: you should do this step just 30 minutes before serving.
• Finally, season the broth with black pepper, salt and fish sauce.
• Cook the rice noodle as instructed on the package.
• Once ready to serve, warm up the noodle then pour boiling broth over it.
• Garnish with slices of meat, chopped green onions, beansprouts and serve piping hot with Thai basil on the side.
Beef broth/chicken broth (serves 4) for pho
• 1kg beef bones (omit if making chicken broth)
• 1kg chicken bones
• 1 large brown onion
• A piece of ginger (about 20gr)
• 3 star anise
• 2 black cardamoms
• 1 tsp salt
• 3L drinking water
• Peel and wash the onion. Chop roughly into big chunks.
• Charbroil the ginger then peel off the burnt skin and crush it lightly.
• Roast the star anise and cardamom.
• Roast the beef bones (if using) in the oven for 1 hour at 200°C.
• In a medium pot add the roasted beef bones, chicken bones, water, onion, ginger, star anise and cardamom, bring it to a boil then reduce heat to low.
• Add salt then simmer for 6 hours. Let cool and strain before use.
Can’t be bothered to cook? Vietnamese Foodies delivers to locations across Dubai – you can find them on Deliveroo, Uber Eats and the Messenger app. Find yourself outside of the delivery areas available? Call 04 565 6088 and Vietnamese Foodies will try and work their magic.
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