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Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga)

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Chicken (About 3 Pounds);
  • -Quartered, Excess Fat
  • -Removed.
  • 2 qt Water
  • 2 3-Inch Pieces Fresh Ginger
  • 2 md Onions; Cut In Half
  • 2 tb Fish Sauce; 1 To 2
  • -Tablespoons
  • 1 ts Black Peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 c Mung Bean Sprouts
  • 1/2 lb Rice Noodles; Thin Or
  • -Medium-Width Rice Noodles
  • 1 pn Salt
  • 1 cn Chicken Broth; - 14 Ounce
  • -Can, Defatted, Reduced
  • -Sodium
  • 2 Shallots; Thinly Sliced And
  • -Separated Into Rings
  • 1 c Fresh Cilantro; Coarsely
  • -Chopped
  • 1/2 c Coarsely Chopped Fresh Rau
  • -Ram; (Vietnamese Coriander)
  • -Or Fresh Mint
  • 2 Limes; Cut Into Wedges


Rinse chicken, including heart, neck and giblets. (reserve liver for
another use). Place in a large pot. Add 2 quarts water, or enough to just
cover chicken, and bring to a boil over high heat.

As water is heating, scorch 1 piece of ginger and the onion pieces (see
note 1 below). Add scorched ginger and onions to soup.

Once water comes to a boil, skim off foam and reduce heat to low. Add 1
tablespoon fish sauce and peppercorns; simmer, partially covered, until the
chicken is cooked, 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool; slightly. When cool enough
to handle, remove meat from the bones, shred coarsely and set aside;
discard bones, giblets, skin and fatty pieces.

Line a colander with a double layer of cheesecloth and strain into a bowl.
Let cool slightly, then refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. SKim fat
from the surface. (the soup can be prepared ahead to this point. Store the
broth and chicken in separate covered containers in the refrigerator for up
to 2 days. The broth can be frozen for up to 1 month.)

Shortly before serving, bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil.
Place bean spouts in a sieve or colander and immerse in boiling water for
20 to 30 seconds. Rinse with cold water; set aside to drain. Bring water
back to a boil and drop in rice noodles. Cook just until softened but not
mushy, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.

Scorch remaining piece of ginger, then coarsely chop. Place scorched ginger
and salt in a mortar and pestle or food processor and work into a paste.
Set aside.

Place homemade and canned broth in a pot and heat to simmering. Season with
additional fish sauce e, if desired.

Divide noodles among 4 large soup bowls. Distribute bean sprouts over
noodles; top with chicken and shallots. Ladle hot broth over; add a dollop
of the reserved ginger paste. Sprinkle with cilantro and rau ram (or mint).
Serve at once, with small plates of remaining shallots and herbs, a small
bowl of remaining ginger paste and lime wedges, so guests can adjust
flavorings as they wish.

NOTE 1 To scorch ginger and onion If you have a gas burner, use tongs
to hold ginger and onion pieces in the flame until charred. If you have an
electric burner, heat a dry heavy cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add
ginger and onion pieces and turn until blackened on all sides.

NOTES : Recipe by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid Nutritional info from
Eating Well Mag. 440 calories per serving; 34 grams protein, 8 grams fat (2
grams saturated fat), 56 grams carbohydrate; 340 mg sodium; 95 mg.
cholesterol; 1 gram fiber

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