Chanroth Homemade Pho
Shopping list: Pork meatball, onion, 2 pound beef feet/bones (make sure you let them cut it), salted turnip, baby carrot, garlic, lime, green onion, cilantro, mussels, beef tribes, crab meat, beef, squid, shrimp, sugar, salt, beef soup powder, dried rice noodle, and ajinomoto. (beef flavored soup paste if you can find, it has a picture of a pho; locate at Asian store)
Depend on your family size, I prefer 30-36 quart of stainless steel pan if you have family of 5 and up.
Grab 30 quart of pan and add warm water and boiled it. During the session of boiling, grab a another pan (20-26 quart, depend on tribe size) filled it with water, put in the tribe and cook it. To know if it is cooked, use a fork to poke it. If the fork can poke through the tribes than it is ready. Once that is cooked, pour it into a basket to let it cool down and cleanse it with cool water. After it is cool, thinly slice it and set it aside. Clean the mussels, thinly slice the beef, rinse the squid meat, and break apart the crab meat and of course the shrimp. (Cut the beef meatball in halves.)
When the water comes to boil, it is time to make the soup! First add the two pound beef feet/bones with one salted turnip and half an onion. Let it settle for 15 minute. After that add 1 1/2 tablespoon of ajinomoto (it help cleanse the dirt), 1 tablespoon of salt, and 2 table spoon of sugar. Stir until mix. When there is a brown like dirt around the edge of the pan, please try to take that out as much as you can. Make sure the soup is clear without any formation like dirt. About another 15 minute later add 3 spoon full of beef powder soup. While that is cooking, clean the sprouts, chop the cilantro, cut the lime, and mince the green onion.
Special seasoning: Thinly slice half the onion and mince the garlic. Grab a small pan, add vegetable oil and roast the garlic until golden, not onion.
When the soup is settle for about 30-45 minute, taste it, if you like to add more salt, it is up to you but DO NOT add anymore sugar or ajinomoto. Option: Add one teaspoon of beef flavored soup paste in the soup and stir it. No more than one teaspoon. (beef flavored soup paste give it a one up to the soup, it must have a picture of a pho)
While the soup is boiling, grab a spoon and take out the onion in the soup, throw that away and replace it with the thinly slice onion. Then pour in the roasted garlic in the soup and carrot. Stir it up about 5 second and add beef meatball. Cover up the lid, let it cook.
While that is cooking, grab another pan and add water to boil it. Grab the dried rice noodle and soak it in warm water to soften. When the water comes to boil and the rice noodle is soften, rinse the rice noodle with cool water and grab draining spoon and give yourself a hand full of noodle and dip it in the boiled water until cooked. About 2 minute. Put it in your choice size of bowl. Then give yourself some shrimp, mussel, beef tribes, beef, crab meat and squid meat. Soak it in boiled water until cook. While that is complete, give yourself some soup. Add cilantro, mince onion, lime, and sprouts.
Sauce: Hoison sauce or pepper of your choice! Enjoy
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