Faux Pho Ga

Somehow I managed to live 30 years without ever having Pho. It’s not that I  had an aversion to it—I had just never tried it. That is, until last week when I met my friend Jessie for lunch. Now I’m hooked. I’ve been craving it for the past couple of days, so I decided to see if it was something I could make at home or if I needed to put the local Vietnamese restaurant on speed dial. After researching several recipes, I found that it takes anywhere from 3-5 hours to make authentic Pho at home. Well, it was 5:45 p.m. and I was hungry—three hours wasn’t going to cut it. So I tried this quick, albeit not authentic, version and was really pleasantly surprised! I’ll definitely be making this again!

Pho Ga (Chicken)

10 cups chicken broth

1 cup chopped onion

1/4 tsp sugar

4 slices fresh ginger

2 tbsp fish sauce

3 cloves garlic

10 whole cloves

1 cooked rotisserie chicken, pulled and shredded

1 cup sliced carrots

1 lime

1 bunch cilantro

4 green onions, chopped

1 bunch fresh basil

8 oz bean sprouts

Sriracha Sauce (optional)

1 package rice noodles


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, remove from heat and add the noodles. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Drain the noodles and set aside.

Add the chicken broth, onion, carrots, chicken, fish sauce and sugar to the pot and bring to a simmer. Using a cheesecloth or tea infuser, add the ginger, garlic and cloves to the pot. Simmer over medium low heat for 45-50 minutes. Remove the spices and discard.

Place a spoonful of noodles into a bowl, ladle the broth, chicken and vegetables over the top and garnish with sprouts, green onions, herbs, a lime wedge and Sriracha sauce if desired.

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  1. Jess says:

    Awesome! The hubby love Pho, I’ll have to make this for him.