Recipe Status: Pho is my go to soup for when I'm sick. The marrow from the chicken bones is good for your body, and the spices are very healing and soothing to your digestive system. I've made this multiple times, most batches have been heavenly, and some have been meh, but I'm sure I've figured out the perfect recipe for me. Bonus: Your house will smell AHHHHMAZING!
In a large tea infuser or cheesecloth, place the following spices:
5 Star anise seeds
6 whole cloves
1-2 cinnamon sticks depending on size
6 cardamom pods
3 tbsp fennel seeds
3 tbsp whole peppercorns
2 tbsp whole coriander
1 whole onion, peeled with ends trimmed off
3-4 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut in smaller pieces
3 large cans/boxes chicken stock
1 flat of chicken drumsticks
• In a large pot, place spice packet, onion, ginger, chicken stock and chicken legs. Simmer on low for a few hours.
• As soon as the chicken is cooked (and this is very important so it doesn't turn mushy) remove the chicken legs from the pot. As soon as they've cooled down enough, separate the meat from the bones, and place in a bowl in the fridge. Throw away the skins and cartilage, and put the leg bones back in to the pot to continue to simmer. This is when you get all the healthy marrow.
• Continue to simmer a few hours, and when you're ready to serve, remove bones, onion and ginger pieces from the broth and discard.
While Pho is simmering, prepare/dice/shred the following items (to taste) to put in your bowls:
White onionsGreen onions
Prepare rice noodles per package instructions. They'll stick in a clump, that's okay.
Assembling your pho bowls:
Place, to taste, any or all of the suggested ingredients in the bowl. Add chicken and noodles, then ladle broth over everything and fill the bowl. Add a few drops of hot chile or hoisin sauce if you'd like. Stir it all together and squeeze a lime wedge over it. Enjoy!
*Note: when leftover broth is stored in the fridge, it will thicken and will be slightly gelatinous. That's how it's supposed to be. Just warm it back up and it'll liquify.