This month’s Daring Cooks challenge was Vietnamese Chicken Pho and Sweet Wontons chosen by Jaden from Steamy Kitchen.
Vietnamese Pho is a noodle soup popular in Vietnam. The broth is simmered for hours with either beef knuckle/leg bone or with a whole chicken and accompanied by rice noodles, fresh herbs like cilantro or basil, a wedge of lime or lemon, fresh bean sprouts and fresh sliced chilies if desired.
Pho is different than other noodle soups because of the spices used in making the broth – coriander, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, and fresh ginger. I bought my spices at World Market – they are so much cheaper than at the supermarket.
This was my first time tasting Pho (pronounced “fuh?”) and my first time cooking Vietnamese food. I decided to make the Pho Ga (chicken) version. Click here to visit the Steamy Kitchen for the recipe.
Although my family and I didn’t love this soup (mostly because of the spices we weren’t use to) it was fun to try something new. We did however love the second part of this challenge the fried Chocolate Wontons. I used round potsticker wrappers and filled them with Nutella. They were crispy, sweet and delicious. The perfect ending to a light meal.