To that end, I decided to try and cheat and see if I could at least come close to Pho without taking the 12-16 hours needed to create the broth. Turns out, you can get pretty close by using a few of these simple short cuts. I use ramen soup as my base, it cooks up in 3 minutes and gives you just enough time to get the rest of the ingredients together. While the ramen is cooking, empty the flavor packet that comes with it into a bowl. Add hoisin sauce (available at most mega marts), some dried basil, dried mint and fresh chopped green onions. Drop-in some of your favorite meats that you’ve already prepared like, shrimp, beef, pork or cubed ham; anything quick and easy, but left over meats during the holidays would compliment your Pho as well. If you want to get fancy, use raw shaved beef, just make sure its nice and thin so the heat from the soup cooks the meat.
I love to eat different cuisine from around the world and one dish that I really enjoyed was called Pho. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup which is composed primarily of a flavorful broth with rice noodles and your favorite meat. The broth is rich and flavorful and is produced by slow cooking beef with bones for hours and hours. As delicious as the dish is, time is an issue to replicate the broth at home and I’ve found it challenging to find restaurants that specialize in creating good Pho.
When the noodles are done add it all to the bowl and mix well. This will give your usually plain ramen noodles and extra kick and can be a decent substitute for the Pho you’ve been craving. If you like things a little spicier, you can add a dash of sriracha as well; and my all time favorite seasoning, cayenne pepper. Happy Eating!
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