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Monday, January 4, 2010

Noodles in Broth, or Pho

I can't believe it's been two months since I've posted. But then, I shopped and baked and crafted, a lot. I hope to find more time to blog this year.

I've eaten variations of this soup in restaurants (the best story involving my husband and jambonneau  in Paris) and decided to try it at home. It was a happy experiment. Here is my version, loosely based on a cookbook recipe. It's very forgiving as far as substitutions and amounts. It's also fast, once ingredients are ready, as well as easy, filling and healthful. (In an "emergency," you can cook 3 packages of ramen noodles with two of the enclosed seasoning packets for the Chinese noodles in plain broth.) I like to load it with vegetables.

Joe uses a spoon and a fork. I use a spoon and chopsticks and add a dash of hot chili oil to my bowl. Yum. You can also have soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil on hand as condiments.


Noodle seasonings
1 tsp. peanut or other oil
1/4 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. oyster sauce

12 oz. fresh Chinese egg noodles, about 1/8 inch thick (I've substituted lesser amount of dried -- or even vermicelli -- with no problem)
1 carton Trader Joe's soy-ginger broth*
Additional chicken or beef broth to make how much broth you want
1 cup sliced bok choy or spinach
1 cup sliced mushrooms and/or julienned snow peas
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks or very thinly sliced
1 bundle green onions, thinly sliced

Any combination of cooked chicken, beef, shrimp, ham, duck, or even better, char siu (Chinese barbecued pork from local restaurant) in separate bowls.


In a large bowl, mix noodle seasonings and set aside.
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain in colander, rinse under cool water and toss with the seasonings in the bowl.

Bring the broth to a boil. Add the vegetables and cook for several minutes. Ladle into bowls. Add desired amount of noodles and toppings to individual servings.

Note: If you have leftovers, store noodles separately from broth, or they will absorb much of the liquid.

* Sadly, Trader Joe's no longer sells this broth, so just add some ginger and soy to your broth to suit your tastebuds.

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