Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup, and has increased in popularity the past few years. You can find more frequently now trendy Pho restaurants people are visiting. Of course your experience when visiting Vietnam or one of these restaurants is going to be much different from what would make at home. When I have had Pho out at restaurants, I feel like it is full of noodles and lacks vegetables. Maybe it is what I am ordering or the places I have visited. It is pretty typical I find most Asian restaurants that vegetables are served on the side.
This recipe is a fusion of Pho and how I would prefer to eat it, packed with veggies. Really any vegetables will work; just cut them small enough that they can cook in the broth. Usually in a restaurant they will add thin slices of raw beef, and by the time you start to eat it, the meat has fully cooked. I am adopting the same technique except with the veggies. The chicken in this recipe is fully cooked before :).
Napa cabbage (this is what I happened to have, you can use another cabbage)
Red bell pepper
Variety of tomatoes
Chicken (fully cooked)
Asian pasta of your choice (I used whole wheat noodles)
- First start your chicken. Season it with pepper and bake in the oven at 375F until it is fully cooked. After it is cooked, cut or shred it into pieces.
- The way I prepared this dish was by chopping all of the veggies that I wanted to use, then preparing each bowl individually. Cut all amount of veggies you want to use for the number of people you are cooking for. Be sure to cut them into small pieces.
- If you are using a real bone broth, prepare it ahead of time. Otherwise, prepare the bouillon cubes according to the directions on the package.
- Place noodles in the bottom of the bowl, add all of the veggies and chicken (cooked) that you like, and top with piping hot broth. If your broth is not hot enough it will not cook the noodles or the veggies enough by the time you are ready to eat.
CAUTION: be sure to give yourself a few minutes before you dive into the bowl. It will be very hot.