Cook time: 2.5 hrs
Prep time: 20 min
Serving size: 6-8
1 Whole Chicken
1 Onion (white or yellow)
3 Star Anise
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 tablespoons of salt
1 bag of Pho noodles
3-4 Green Onions
Thai Chilis (optional)
Ingredients for dipping sauce (Nuoc mam):
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
Thai chili or chili garlic sauce (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of water
- Clean your chicken. You’re going to run it under cold water and rub with salt. Lots of salt.
- When that’s done, you’re going to stuff the chicken with a slice of ginger and 2 green onions. This is going to make the chicken taste better and get rid of the odor.
- Add the chicken in a pot. You’re going to fill the pot until the chicken is covered.
- While you’re waiting for the pot to come to a boil, you’re going to char your spices. On an open flame (and you can do this on an electric stovetop too!) char the spices. If you’re afraid you’ll burn the house down, you can put these ingredients in the oven on broil — star anise, 2 slices of ginger, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, and shallots.
- When the pot has come to a boil, skim the broth of the scum floating on top. Add the charred ingredients after skimming. This is also when you add the peeled onion, carrot and salt.
- Turn down the heat to low-med, but don’t forget about it! Frequently check on the pot to skim the scum.
- During this time will be when you prep the condiments and noodles..
Make sure you read the cooking instructions on your packet of noodles. If you go to the asian supermarket, you may be lucky and find fresh noodles. Fresh noodles take a lot less time to cook in a pot 🙂
*Run noodles under cold water when it’s done cooking. This will stop the cooking process, which means no soggy noods!*
- Slice up 1-2 stalks of green onion and however much of cilantro. Cut lemons into slices as well. These will be your condiments.
- If you’ve chosen to incorporate thai chili in this dish, the easiest way to cut these up is with scissors.
How do you know if your chicken is fully cooked?
Poke the chicken with a chopstick, if you don’t see blood, it’s done!
- When your chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the pot, and run under cold water. This will prevent any blackening of the meat.
- Turn heat to low and now we debone the chicken and set aside.
- When total time has been 2 hours or so, it’s time to plate!
Grab a handful of noods (depends how much noodles you actually want) place chicken pieces on top and pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. This process prevents your dish from turning cold. Add pepper to taste, lemon juice, thai chili, green onions, cilantro and add broth. And there ya have it! Homemade Pho Ga.
Hope you guys enjoy! ♥