(Fake) Pho Ga (Vietnamese Rice Noodles with Chicken)

There’s a place in town that serves really yummy Pho Ga, but they have very odd hours (at least for the average working-person). Their hours are 9am-4pm daily, but are also open from 12am-4am (yup) Friday/Saturday. Sometimes, we would crave Pho Ga for dinner, but would have no access to it. So, I decided to make up my own. 😛
This is the cheater version of (what I believe is) the real thing. Since, I’m not Vietnamese, nor did I learn this recipe from a Vietnamese person, this is probably the fakest Pho Ga possible, but I think this is delicious! 🙂
This is my style of comfort food…add a little chili oil…and my belly is happy! 🙂
(Fake) Pho Ga (Serves 4)
1 Whole Garlic, peeled
1/2 onion (quartered)
5-6 1-inch pieces of Ginger
4-5 small pieces of Star Anise
5-6 cups chicken broth/stock
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup chicken bouillon
1/8 cup fish sauce
3/4-1 tsp salt
350-400g chicken, visible fat removed
12 oz fresh pho noodles
1. Soak noodles in a large bowl of very warm water until softened.
2. Heat garlic, onion, ginger, and star anise in a dry, nonstick saucepan over high heat until browned and fragrant.

3. Add in the everything else except the chicken, and bring to a boil.
4. Add in the chicken, lower heat and let simmer until chicken is fully cooked.
5. Remove chicken from broth and tear into bite-sized strips (you may need/want to let it cool a bit).

6. Place some noodles and chicken in a medium bowl and top it off with some broth and serve!

Summer Ramen Salad

When we went to LA last July, we had this awesome Ramen Salad at Daikokuya. After seeing the Summer Soba by Cate of Cate’s World Kitchen, I decided to create this on my own (Ramen Salad). It is refreshing and tangy, wonderful for a hot summer day!

Summer Ramen Salad

*500g Raw Ramen (or any kind of noodles…I couldn’t find ramen, so I bought these Korean noodles intended for Ja Jang Myun)
–> Cook noodles according to package instructions. Rinse clean under cold water (you want the noodles to be cold) and drain. You can toss this in sesame oil to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
*1 Cucumber, peeled and cut into thick sticks (think thick fries)
*4 Eggs & 2 tsp Mirin
–> Mix eggs and Mirin thoroughly. Pan fry eggs until cooked. Cut eggs into strips.
*Ham (or any kind of cooked meat), cut into strips
*Toasted Seaweed Strips
*Toasted Sesame
1/4-3/8 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/8 Cup Mirin
1/8 Cup White Vinegar
1/8 Cup Sesame Oil
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
–> Mix all dressing ingredients together.
1. Place half of the noodles in the middle of a large plate. You want this piled like a little hill.
2. Cover different “sides” of the noodle hill with the ingredients.
3. Drizzle with dressing and serve.