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Pho Ga Recipe (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger)   Recipe

I've probably said it in on countless occasions; I love phở! The most commonly known version of the Vietnamese soup is phở bò (beef noodle soup) but it's pretty high in cholesterol due to the bone marrow from the quantity of beef bones used. For a lighter version that’s equally delicious, I made phở gà, chicken noodle soup with ginger.

Phở gà is judged on two main criteria: the flavor of the chicken broth and the quality of the chicken. To ensure that the broth turned out well, I used a generous helping of ginger and 6 chicken carcasses, which are very inexpensive at the Asian market. I served the soup with special Vietnamese chickens, called gà đi bộ (it literally translates to "walking chickens"). They're free-range chickens and the texture of the meat is firmer than regular chicken. The cost is higher (count $13 per chicken) but so worth it when making this dish.


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Chicken Pad Thai Noodles Recipe

Chicken Pad Thai Noodles

07.21.11 by Jackie

Pad Thai noodles is my kind of comfort food. It's filling, flavorful and easy to make in veggie and non-veg versions. The noodles used in this dish are large rice noodles that are soaked until softened. They are sautéed in a thick, syrupy sweet sauce made of tamarind, sugar, chile and limes.

To complete the meal, I added chicken sauteed in oyster sauce and fish sauce, which balances the saltiness of the Pad Thai sauce. This rice noodle dish freezes very well, so you will never order take-out again!


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How To Make Pad Thai (Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe) Recipe

We made an enormous pot of phở over the weekend and called everyone who likes this Vietnamese beef soup. I think my eyes were a little bigger than my stomach because I soaked 6 packages of dried rice noodles (bánh phở) and ended up with a ton of leftovers. Even though all the beef broth was gone, I managed not to waste the soaked rice noodles by making Pad Thai noodles. The dish is composed of rice noodles, tofu, limes, fragrant kaffir lime leaves, tamarind, palm sugar, peanuts and cilantro. 

For a meat version, you could add skinless chicken breasts, whole shelled and de-veined shrimp and shredded thin omelette along with the tofu and then finish the dish with fish sauce.


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Mi Xao Don Recipe (Vietnamese Crispy Noodles) Recipe

xào dòn is a Vietnamese noodle specialty. Egg noodles are deep-fried until crispy, then softened in a thick sauce. This time, I sautéed chicken, young bamboo shoots and a few vegetables. Of course, I set aside some without chicken using vegetable syock for the vegetarians in my house.

I've been cooking egg noodles using a variety of techniques lately. I recently served them tossed in peanut salad dressing, in duck broth soup and simply sautéed along with vegetables. This crispy version is definitely the most time-consuming, but once in a while our family enjoys this special meal.


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Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Salad Dressing Recipe

We went to a potluck this weekend, and I brought along an Asian-inspired salad. I wanted to serve it as a main dish, so I made a pasta salad loaded with tofu and vegetables. But instead of using regular pasta, I used thin egg noodles. I mixed a myriad of vegetables such as crimini mushrooms, baby zucchini, cauliflower, bok choy, sugar snap peas and pickled red peppers with fried, cubed tofu. To finish the dish, I covered it in a delicious peanut dressing made of peanut butter, chili garlic sauce, sugar cane vinegar and ponzu soy sauce.

This cold Asian noodle salad can be prepared hours in advance, making it perfect for picnics and potlucks. Just leave the peanut salad dressing on the side and mix right before serving.


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