First time, I ever tried any viet food was almost 10 years ago in Las Vegas. It was a hole in the wall place on the other side of the strip. We were looking for a quick Chinese eat in since we were so hungry after the day long walk. Before we could find any Chinese take out or eat in….this Viet restaurant caught our eye. I am a big fan of East Asian cuisine. I can eat it easily everyday. Most of the time it is so healthy and filling and full of aroma. The soup, the raw veggies and the noodles…great combination. The only thing I couldn’t get accustomed to is the big deal chopsticks. Nope, every time…it slips out of my hand making a splash while Amit and Aanya, my oldest daughter, eat with the chopsticks with such an ease.lol..
Coming back to Pho, it is the national soup of Vietnam..so have I heard :). Mine is an adapted version from Vegetarian Times. It is full of flavors from basil, cilantro/coriander, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onion, soy, brown sugar etc etc. normally viet pho is cooked in chicken broth but as recommended I have used low sodium vegetable broth. You may buy it from the market or make it yourself at home.
- 1 large onion
- 2 stalks celery, including some leaves
- 2 large carrots
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups water