I might have gone a bit over the top with the sunny weather and the ice cream last week and boy did I regret it when a sore throat turned into a full blown flu. That’s right, runny nose, fits of sneezing, watery eyes……all very attractive 😉
When someone has the flu in our household we pull out the big guns – medication, Vicks, tissues and Pho! There is something about this Vietnamese dish that helps to clear out the system and open up the breathing tubes. I’ve only ever had Pho twice at Vietnamese restaurants, after which I read through some recipes on how to make it at home. Ultimately, i’ve pretty much made up my own recipe of Pho but it suits us well, so hopefully it will help you too!
1 small/medium size onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cinnamon stick
1 Chillie pepper (varies with level of spiciness)
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 pack tofu (cut into pieces)*
1 serving rice noodles
Any other vegetable you would like to include: mushrooms, carrots, etc. (Optional)
Cilantro to garnish (optional)
*Tofu can be substituted for meat or seafood of your choice, however cooking instructions will vary, so ensure that you cook whatever you choose well.
1. Roughly chop the onion and stir fry in a large wok/ saucepan on medium heat
2. Add the garlic cloves, chopped up chillie pepper and cinnamon stick (as well as any other vegetables you would like to add)
3. Add the tofu to the pan and a splash of soya sauce on top
4. Add the vegetable broth into the mixture, I use 1 tsp of Bouillon with 3 cups of water:
5. Stir well
6. Now add the rice noodles, bring to the boil and then cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
8. Say “Goodbye flu!” 😉
Have a healthy week!
Do any of you have variations for making homemade Pho?