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Vietnamese Chicken Soup - Pho Ga

Updated on February 2, 2014

A Bowl of Pho to start, or end, the day

In Vietnam, a bowl of pho is often breakfast. In Australia it's often lunch. Whenever you choose, pho is a delicious and healthy soup any time of day.

The traditional main ingredient of pho is beef, but this is a wonderfully adaptive soup and can be made in many different ways.

This recipe, Pho Ga is easily made in the Western kitchen with chicken breasts, chicken broth and fresh herbs.

Once the bowl is put in front of you, you can spice it up more to suit with bean sauce or chili sauce and squeeze in a few lime wedges.

Dig in with a pair of chopsticks in one hand (to lift up the noodles to cool them off) and a spoon in the other (to lift the noodles to your mouth).

Nockie's Kitchen

Nockie Le is a Vietnamese-Australian who creates wonderful meals with vegetables and herbs straight from her own garden.

Nockie's garden, with its intoxicating scents, is a haven of greenery and her bright, cheerful kitchen is the centre of her home.

Nockie coaches me in Vietnamese cooking while I show her my tried and true lamb recipes, a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Even better, Nockie is also my daughter-in-law

How much time do you have?

If you want to make an authentic Vietnamese pho, you're looking at a long time in the kitchen.

You will need to cook meat, and bone, in broth for up to 3 hours. After you've prepared everything else the time can run to 4 or 5 hours total.

Don't want to spend that long? No worries. Nockie recommends this chicken pho recipe.

Ingredients for Pho Ga


* 1 cup rice noodles

* 1 1/2 cups snow peas, ends trimmed

* 1 cup shredded carrots

* 1 piece ginger (1/2 inch thick), peeled and chopped

* 1 star anise

* 3 whole cloves

* 8 cups chicken broth

* 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into fine strips

* 1 capsicum (red bell pepper), cored, seeded and cut into thin strips

* 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice



* 1/2 cup chopped spring onions (scallions)

* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

* 4 sprigs basil

* 1 lime, cut into 4 wedge

* bean sprouts

How to Prepare Pho Ga

* Make a little sachet of ginger, star anise and cloves in a piece of cheesecloth;

* Bring a pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add the rice boodles for 3 minutes.

* Put the carrots and snowpeas into a colander; and then drain the rice noodles over them. Rinse to stop them cooking.

* Make up a large pot with the chicken broth.

* Add the sachet, bring the pot to the boil and cook on high heat for 5 minutes.

* Lower the heat to medium; add the chicken strips; and simmer 5 minutes.

* Drop in the capsicum slices and lime juice. Give it a very quick swoosh with a spoon and take the pot off the heat.

* Remove sachet.

* Ladle into 4 bowls; drop in the noodles, snowpeas and carrots.

* Garnish with the coriander and basil. Add a wedge of lime to each bowl

Serve in these beautiful bowls

Price: $39.00

This set of bowls measures 7 1/2 Inches wide by 1 1/2 Inches High

Cobalt Blue crackle glazed inside with rustic border

Set of Four Cobalt Blue Kosui Shallow 7 1/2 Inch Bowls

10% of my income goes to continue the work of Fred Hollows in treating avoidable blindness and improving indigenous health.

Photo : Khim Rath, who can now see after a successful cataract operation, Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia.

Blindness is a significant public health issue in Cambodia. Over 160,000 people are blind and an additional 20,000 become blind each year. The main cause of blindness is cataract, which can be treated by a simple 15 minute operation at an average cost of $25 (AUD$35).


Bowl of Pho with Tray of Basil Big Stock Photo

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    • craftycollector profile image

      craftycollector 5 years ago

      I adore Vietnamese food, and i love this lens, the photos are excellent

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      QuiltFinger 6 years ago from Tennessee

      MMM!!! I've always wanted to try this, and now I can. The recipe look great.

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Never had Vietnamese Pho. Looks delicious. I am including your recipe lens in my chicken soup lens. Hope you have a great day.

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      Maurice Glaude 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love to eat soup especially Vietnamese Pho.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This looks really good, all the ingredients that I love.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      This looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I love Vietnamese food. I have traveled there once on vacation. Nockie is sweet to teach you how to cook pho.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed cooking and eating Pho Ga. It's fast becoming a favourite dish in my family. Thankyou Nockie and Susanna!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This looks like something I'd love. Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      It looks delicious and very healthy. It is good that you've got someone to teach you this fantastic recipe, and share all the secrets to much different way of cooking. I really like it.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Nockie's pho recipe sounds wonderful! I love soup especially at this chilly time of year.