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Updated: 2017-12-15T02:59:57.635-08:00

 



Thank you - it's very clear and concise. My fa...

2017-10-05T23:36:53.497-07:00

Thank you - it's very clear and concise. My favorite Vietnamese Grocery Store is 50 miles away. I better get a list together



Shannon, You can always try my Crock Pot Pho recip...

2015-08-27T01:10:54.797-07:00

Shannon,
You can always try my Crock Pot Pho recipe if you're afraid of too much fiddling. You can mix marrow bones and oxtails! I do sometimes. More beefy flavor. Hmm. I've never thought refrigerating the broth loses flavor, unless those people think the extra fattiness makes it more flavorful? I'd rather skim that thick layer of fat, honestly. And then when reheating it, you



Hello, I am thinking of trying this pho recipe fo...

2015-08-26T05:38:43.711-07:00

Hello,

I am thinking of trying this pho recipe for my boyfriend and I's anniversary dinner.... I'm nervous though, because I don't want to screw it up! He really loves pho though, so I think it'll be worth the risk.

Just had some questions for you. Do you think it'd be okay to do a mix of marrow bone and oxtail? Or should I just stick to one or the other?



Foodie Nutritionist, Yay! What a lovely comment to...

2013-07-21T09:29:17.609-07:00

Foodie Nutritionist,
Yay! What a lovely comment to wake up to and read such praise. My mom's advice was much the same, but I think that's pretty much every Vietnamese mama's directions. :P



Stumbled upon your blog after looking for an amazi...

2013-07-21T02:58:55.441-07:00

Stumbled upon your blog after looking for an amazing Bo kho recipe. It was perfect.
Then made your pho ga recipe. And today, your canh chua recipe.
All are perfect and I am loving your blog. Thanks for sharing.
My mothers recipes are not measured, she tells me it's just a little of this and a bit of that, so they are hit and miss.
Your recipes always work out.



Zindagi, I've heard of the Whole Foods pho whe...

2013-05-16T13:54:42.176-07:00

Zindagi,
I've heard of the Whole Foods pho when they launched it and have been curious. It probably didn't have flavor because they didn't use fish sauce, which they obviously can't if it's vegan. I've got a few ideas to add savoriness and still be vegan, but haven't experimented with a vegan pho yet.

Thanks for your comment! That's why I'm on



I live with a Thai family that loves pho, so I alw...

2013-05-08T10:41:31.128-07:00

I live with a Thai family that loves pho, so I always end up making it. I remember being out at Whole Foods some months ago and tasting their vegan pho broth. Loved the smell, it was especially heady, but it had little actual flavor. My own recipe gives me more flavor, but is not as heady. For one gallon of final broth, which makes about eight servings for us, I was using three cinnamon sticks,



Sandy, Sorry the recipe didn't work for you, b...

2013-02-05T20:57:29.638-08:00

Sandy,
Sorry the recipe didn't work for you, but you shouldn't remove the cover on a pot if you're making broth. Cooking without the lid reduces stock and thickens it, that's why you didn't have any broth left, especially if you were doing that for three days. Did you dump the initial boil, clean the bones, and then start the process again per the directions? And also



I made this soup and after a three day process (I ...

2013-02-05T20:18:46.591-08:00

I made this soup and after a three day process (I used oxtail) I found very little actual broth left over after all the simmering. I wasn't sure if I need to cover the pot or not so I didn't. I found the broth to be very oily even after skimming the fat off twice. Then I realized that you could probably get the same flavor profile by taking already made beef stock and adding the spices



Buttermeat, You can remove the spices before or af...

2013-01-24T19:41:01.319-08:00

Buttermeat,
You can remove the spices before or after refrigeration. Depends on how much more simmering you expect to do. If the broth has simmered all day, and you refrigerate to solidify the fat and plan to just heat it up again, then remove the spices first. If you plan to let the broth simmer a lot longer the second day, then keep the spices in to flavor the broth more.



I will be trying your recipe this weekend, very ex...

2013-01-15T17:14:43.746-08:00

I will be trying your recipe this weekend, very excited. Quick question though- you mentioned that we could just drop the spices in the water instead of wrapping them up, would this be OK while it refrigerates over night or should I try to fish everything out beforehand? Thanks in advance!



Nolondon, Yup, you can. You just have to skim a lo...

2013-01-13T08:38:12.400-08:00

Nolondon,
Yup, you can. You just have to skim a lot more.



Hey wandering chopsticks, Could I use a sieve to ...

2013-01-11T19:40:09.402-08:00

Hey wandering chopsticks,

Could I use a sieve to skim the impurities out instead of boiling the beef bones for a second time?

Thanks,




RadishGirl, Hey, the Crock Pot pho is totally aut...

2012-08-31T23:45:35.977-07:00

RadishGirl,

Hey, the Crock Pot pho is totally authentic. It's the same principle - low and slow. All of my recipes? Ha! That's dedication! Let's see how that goes. :P

Glad my recipe turned out well for you!



husband loved it!!! thanks again! it was delicious...

2012-07-16T12:34:52.375-07:00

husband loved it!!! thanks again! it was delicious!



Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time t...

2012-07-10T10:48:03.221-07:00

Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to take pictures, and write down the recipes in english and parts of it in viet....my problem is I know the viet for it but I don't know the english sometimes or sometimes the opposite. Most of your instructions are very clear...I just didn't know what to do with the Daikon (I've never cooked it before so I just had to improvise).



Nato-gohan, Glad it turned out well for you! And s...

2012-03-30T13:49:37.752-07:00

Nato-gohan,
Glad it turned out well for you! And so cool that you tried this all the way from Brazil. :)



Thank you wandering chopsticks! Your tips helped m...

2011-10-18T17:34:49.859-07:00

Thank you wandering chopsticks! Your tips helped me cook Pho for the first time!! and it turned out really good!! At first I was going to cook for myself and my sister but all of the sudden I saw myself cooking for more than 10 people! They all liked it! I will definitely come back and use some more of your tips!
thanks from Brazil



Hope, I would take the spice ball out because the ...

2011-08-25T00:37:27.311-07:00

Hope,
I would take the spice ball out because the cloves can make the broth taste bitter. You can set the spice ball aside and plop it back in when you reheat it the next day. But taste first and if the broth is already to your liking, just discard the spice ball.



can you leave the spice ball in when refrigerating...

2011-08-24T17:50:12.772-07:00

can you leave the spice ball in when refrigerating overnight??



Natasha, Yay! Great to hear. Shh! I won't tell...

2011-04-09T20:08:55.380-07:00

Natasha,
Yay! Great to hear. Shh! I won't tell your relatives you like my pho more. :P



All right, finally made this! A complete sucess.....

2010-10-10T17:48:03.583-07:00

All right, finally made this! A complete sucess...hubby and kids said it was better than our usual weekend bowl of Pho at the resteraunts we frequent...(But don't tell my relatives that own it!!! haha) Thanks for the great instructions, helped me a bunch. I will now be a regular maker of this...easy peasy!



Hsnopi, You can. Just make sure to skim the broth ...

2010-09-14T12:58:12.816-07:00

Hsnopi,
You can. Just make sure to skim the broth more at the end so it's clear. The first boil removes a lot of the impurities, which solidify into the fat layer when it's refrigerated.

The flavor just gets concentrated the longer it simmers.



Can I do the first simmer for 4 hours then refrige...

2010-09-13T12:06:49.108-07:00

Can I do the first simmer for 4 hours then refrigerate, and the next day do a8-10 hour simmer? or are all the flavors focused more in the first simmer?



Got Milk 4 Al, If you add water, that waters down ...

2010-08-25T21:18:41.283-07:00

Got Milk 4 Al,
If you add water, that waters down the broth. So you need to add salt or fish sauce to season it again.