Some days are just perfect. Even if you have three classes and then a lab practical, sometimes you are in a really good mood. You come home, you go to the supermarket, and let me come out of my dreamy tone for a second: Did you know that Supreme Shop and Bag on 43rd and Walnut has spices for 99 cents???? They have bags and bags of beautiful spices. Finding that out was probably the start of my dreaminess. So, I bought the amazing star anise you see above and the coriander seeds. And what did I need this bounty for?
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|How to Make Pho Noodles|
|Cilantro, lime, onion, fish sauce, hoisin sauce-and the empty bowls where pho was.|
Pork Shoulder Pho
Adapted from Guilty Kitchen
For the Soup:
1 Star Anise
1/2 tbsp Whole Coriander Seeds
2 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
1 1/2 cups Water
1/2 Mid-Size Onion, Finely Chopped
1/4 tsp Ginger Powder (or a small chunk of Fresh Ginger)
1/2 tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 tbsp Fish Sauce
1/2 Pork Shoulder (about 1/2 lb)
1/3 pack Pho Noodles (about 2 cups)
To Prep the Pork Shoulder:
Cut the skin and fat off the top of the 1/2 lb piece of pork shoulder. Trim some of the excess fat off of the sides. Cut it in half. Then, place it in a large bowl filled with water
To Cook the Soup:
First, pour the chicken stock, water, chopped onion, ginger powder, sugar, and fish sauce in a large saucepan without turning on the heat. Stir them to mix. Then, place the star anise, cloves, and coriander seeds in a frying pan at medium heat (without any oil). Toast them for 3-4 minutes until they are fragrant. Once they are done, pour them into the saucepan. Place the pieces of pork in the pan as well. Turn on the heat to medium-high, and bring the pot to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about forty five minutes. Turn off the heat, pull the pieces of pork out and cut them (careful, it will be hot) into smaller pieces. Place them back in the broth.
For the Noodles:
Find a rounded sieve or colander whose insides will fit inside a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water that the sieve would be submerged. Bring the water to boiling and reduce the heat slightly, enough to keep the water boiling. Place half the pho noodles in the sieve, and dunk it in the boiling water. Use chopsticks to stir the noodles around in the water till they are soft. Then, transfer them to a bowl. Repeat with the rest of the noodles.
For the Toppings:
1 Lime, Cut in Half
1/2 Onion, Sliced
1 Handful Cilantro
Put your soup in a bowl, add noodles, and top with the toppings! It will be so delicious.