We all have comfort food. Growing up my comfort food was pizza. Pepperoni pizza. While I still love pizza, I really have only found one crust that I loved since going gluten free and they would never tell me where they got the crust. Boo. Once I tasted authentic Asian food however, pizza went right out the window. At one point there was a noodle house that my friend and I went to all the time all through college. We would order Nabeyaki Udon. When I was sick, I would drive the 23 miles just to get that soup. It was the place that we laughed, cried and just talked for hours. The cooks knew us and the waitress never even bothered to ask what we wanted. It was always the same. I can't tell you how heart broken I was when they went out of business. I've had it at other places and it just is not as good. Then a friend of my to mine took me to Phở (a Vietnamese noodle soup) for the first time in 2006. Oh. My. Gosh. My new comfort food. I love eating this dish. I love making it too because it is so very simple. It is filling, it is warm and it is comfort.
You can also make it vegetarian/vegan just by using vegetable broth and omitting the chicken. The rice noodles you can buy at any market. Try to get the thicker noodles. There is a specific Pho noodle but my market doesn't carry it. I have found that just about any rice noodle will work.
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups Chicken Bouillon or Chicken Broth or Vegetable broth
1/4 tsp Fish Sauce
3/4 tsp Hoisin (not gluten free, omit or use a standard bbq sauce)
1 tsp Soy Sauce Gluten Free
1/4 tsp minced Garlic
1/4 tsp minced Ginger
1/2 cup Cooked Chicken cut up
Condiments for After the noodles are done:
1/4 cup or slightly less Mint
2 TBSP Thinly Sliced Onion
large Handful of Bean Sprouts
1 tsp Sriracha Sauce
1 lime cut in half
1/4 cup Cilantro
3-4 Thai Basil Leafs (or regular basil)
Soak the noodles in cool water for 5 minutes.
Drain water and add broth to noodles
Microwave for 3 minutes.
Add the Fish Sauce, Hoisin, Soy Sauce, Garlic and Ginger and Cooked Chicken if using
Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes
Add the rest of the Condiments
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Nutritional information obtained using Caloriecount.com. Information includes the 1/2 cup cooked chicken.