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I've only made this a few times, but this is the closest result I have gotten to what I've had at a restaurant. And I have to say, it's pretty damn close.
Ingredients for the Broth:
1 5lb Whole Chicken
1 3oz piece of Ginger
1 tsp Anise Seed (or 1 Star Anise Pod)
1 tsp Fennel Seed
1 tsp Coriander Seed
1 tsp Black Peppercorns
1 Cardamom Pod
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Apple (Sweet/I used Fuji in this video)
8 cups of Water
0.5oz Fish Sauce
0.5oz Soy Sauce
0.5oz Rice Vinegar
Salt to taste
I understand that traditionally Pho is made with Beef, but all my attempts at cooking Pho with Beef have turned up less than satisfying. I feel that to get a good, rich Beef Pho you need several pounds of beef bone and meat per pint of water.
BUT I HAVE FOUND A SOLUTION. A Tasty Solution.
I find that using a Whole Chicken is a cheaper option that yields a richer flavor and thicker body. And I'm all about Cheap Eats.
First, quarter your Ginger and Leek and blacken them under a broiler. That should take about 5 minutes. While they broil, assemble your spices into whatever vessel you are going to be simmering your broth in. Toast your spices for as long as it takes to blacken your Leek and Ginger. If they burn a little, don't worry.
After everything is good and dark, and your kitchen smells like that place down the street where you usually get Pho, throw everything into your pot with the Chicken and cover it with 8 cups of water.
Now if you're using a pressure cooker like I did in this video, lid it up and let it come to pressure. Keep it at a low temperature while the pressure release valve barely hisses. Simmer it for 45 minutes.
If you're using a dutch oven or stock pot, better let it go a good 2 hours, or until the meat barely falls off the bones.
When your simmering is done, fish out the breast and thighs. Remove them to a bowl to cool. Once they're safe to handle, tear off all the meat you can into nice, bite-sized chunks. Set that aside.
Remove the rest of the solids from the cooking liquid. If you want, you can strain to remove every bit, but I usually skip that extra step. Season the broth with the Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, and Sugar.
Fill your bowls up with Rice noodles that have been pre-soaked or cooked to the instructions on their package. Garnish with the reserved Chicken, Lime, Bean Sprouts, Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Jalapeno, Chili Sauce, Hoisin Sauce... whatever you want!
Ladle over that Good Broth and tell your friends about how hard you worked on the meal.
Posted by JD at 11:13
Sunday, 22 January 2017
PHOENIX - As police were working to negotiate with an armed robbery suspect barricaded in his Phoenix home, a little dog wandering the street tried to pick a fight.
Air15 video showed what appears to be a pug running up to police and then running away when officers tried to catch him.
The pug and police dog appeared to be barking at each other before officers "shooed" the pug away.
It happened in front of a home near 43rd and Northern avenues after the suspect robbed a Subway restaurant.
Police were in front of the home for more than four hours.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
"So my dad and I took a flight and we were the only two passengers. The flight attendants still went through all the motions, announcements, and safety preparations."
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Friday, 20 January 2017
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A nice morning massage by senior keeper Steve Klein is decidedly to Voodoo's liking.
Voodoo is a rescue animal, an African spotted leopard that came to Cedar Cove at 5 months old.
Voodoo was purchased at three months of age by a private couple from a breeder with the intention of making him a house pet and playmate to two full grown rottweiler dogs.
He was declawed on all paws but still overpowered his purchasers and was too rough and aggressive to keep, at which point he was brought to William Pottorff at Cedar Cove.
He resides here still, and at 13 years old in 2013, he's treated to regular bouts of affection while plans are underway for his, and other, new habitats, so stay tuned!
Come see Voodoo and all our other fascinating friends at Cedar Cove!
Posted by JD at 11:07
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For the record: the 4 chord is on the 5th fret and the 5 chord is on the 7th fret. I get confused. Can you tell?
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Posted by JD at 18:13
Saturday, 7 January 2017
For people with Parkinson’s, life is their challenge. #mannequinchallenge Help us find a cure now: www.pnsw.org.au
The campaign is designed to leverage the global social media craze of the #mannequinchallenge. From Obama, Adele, Paul McCartney to Ellen De Generes - why not Parkinson's NSW?
Friday, 6 January 2017
Blue beach, Pitimbu, PR, Brazil. 25th Dec, 2016:
A Car driving on a beach is stopped by a furious dad, worried about his children.
In this video we see a car with two occupants trying to pass a stretch of beach where a family is seated, trying to have a good time.
Apparently the car was driving dangerously close to the children of the family, so the dad wanted it to stop.
Its illegal to drive on the "Blue beach", even so this driver ignored the laws and took his lady for a spin.
Location: Paraíba, Brazil
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