One of the things that I have really loved about cooking is trying new recipes that quickly turn into family favorites. Jesse and I love going out for pho, but sometimes you just don’t feel like leaving. Luckily, I decided to try my hand at pho and it is surprisingly simple and fast. It seriously only takes 20 minutes of cooking and most of that time is just letting things boil. I’ve made several different kinds of pho, but so far shrimp is our favorite.
This dish is seriously so easy. Start by bringing chicken broth and water to boil, add cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and boil for like 5 minutes. I also add cayenne and red pepper flakes because we like our pho spicy! After a few minutes add fish sauce and soy sauce. I like a little more soy sauce, so I do 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 of fish sauce. I add chili paste for more spice. You could sub in siracha if you don’t have chili paste on hand. Let that boil for another 5 minutes and then add your rice noodles, bean sprouts and shrimp. You can find the noodles, bean sprouts, chili paste and fish sauce all in the Asian section of your grocery store. I buy mine at Kroger. Once your shrimp is nice and pink and curled in a little bit (around 5 minutes) you are ready to serve!
For our pho toppings we like shredded carrot (which I buy pre-shredded #lazy), cilantro, green onion and jalapeno. I will also add some greens and fresh lime sometimes. I just use the bagged Baby Spring Mix for the greens. Fast and simple is key here.
Jesse and I love this dish on a chilly evening or if either one of us is feeling congested. The spiciness can really open up those sinuses. Gross, but true. If we aren’t sick, I tone down the spiciness so that Mara can have some too. For her I just strain out the broth and pulse it the food processor a bit. She still only has 6 front teeth so she can’t chew noodles or large pieces easily yet. She loves pho though. Go figure!