Let It Cook Itself
In a previous post, I mentioned I love pho. It would be unfair to say that and not share my home-style pho recipe passed down from Mama Vu. After all, I am Vietnamese born. So, that makes me qualified to share such a recipe. Now that we’ve gotten my credentials out of the way, let me tell you a little about this crock pot pho.
The best time to eat pho is during the cold months so it can clear nasal passages and sooth your itchy throat. This pho recipe should be called “crack pot pho” because pho is addictive and leaves you feeling good and satisfied. The 6 aromatic mixed spices cooked for hours in beef bone, toasted ginger and onion has a healing and calming effect. Pho lovers will agree with me that this is better than chicken soup.
When I’m not feeling my best or juggling a million tasks a day the last thing I want to do is to stand in front of the stove all day to cook a pot of pho. I don’t want to go out to a pho restaurant and look like a hot mess either. That is why I created the lazy girl way of cooking Vietnamese beef pho in a crock pot. Put it in and let it cook itself. You’re welcome.
Crock pot pho can be prepared using beef or chicken. If you prefer beef then use beef bones to make the broth. If you want chicken then use a whole chicken. There are a variety of additional meats to add such as chicken strips, beef balls, tendons, tripe, and filet rounds. Fresh herbs and vegetables like Thai basil, culantro, cilantro, green onions and been sprouts bring out the aroma of pho. So don’t forget to add that for the full finish.
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- Spices (fennel seeds, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, black pepper and platostoma palustre)
- whole onion
- ginger root
- beef neck bones
- golf ball size rock candy
- 4 tablespoons fish sauce
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 2 cubes of beef pho boullions
- fresh pho noodles
- beef round thinly sliced
- green onions
- sliced red onions
- Thai basil
- chili peppers
- Hoisin sauce
- Roast whole onion and ginger over a stove.
- Roast spices over a pan until it's fragrant and toasty. Pour the spices in a tea bag and tie it tightly.
- In a 4-quart crock pot, add beef bones, roasted onion, roasted ginger, pho bouillons, roasted spice bag, rock candy, fish sauce, salt and 4 quarts of water into the pot.
- Set crock pot to cook for 8 hours. Walk away, go to work or go to bed.
- Boil hot water to cook fresh pho noodles.
- In a bowl, add pho noodles, raw beef, boiling hot pho broth, cilantro, green onions, red onions, culantro, Thai basil and chili peppers.
- Add hoison and Sriracha if you like.
I urge you give this a try. It’s so easy and simple. Let me know what you think.