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Beginner-Friendly Chicken Pho

Chicken Phở

Don’t be intimidated to make the Vietnamese soup staple at home—this recipe is perfect for beginners and yields a floral broth that can be enhanced with pungent spices or served spectacularly as is.

What You’ll Need

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  • unpeeled yellow onions, quartered  ( 2 )
  • 1/2-inch-thick slices of unpeeled fresh ginger, smashed  ( 3 )
  • cold water  ( 4 quarts )
  • chicken bones or chicken wings  ( 3 pounds )
  • fresh 3 1/2-pound chicken, quartered  ( 1 )
  • kosher salt  ( 1 tablespoon )
  • sugar  ( 2 teaspoons )
  • Additional spices (optional): Cinnamon, star anise, black cardamoms, coriander seeds, fennel seeds or cloves 
  • Asian fish sauce  ( 1/4 cup )
  • dried rice noodles, a linguine shape (bánh phở) if you can find them  ( 1 pound )
  • scallion, thinly sliced  ( 1 large )
  • mung bean sprouts  ( 1 pound )
  • torn basil leaves, Thai basil if you can find it  ( 1/2 cup )
  • cilantro leaves  ( 1/2 cup )
  • limes, cut into wedges  ( 2 )
  • jalapeños, thinly sliced  ( 2 )
  • Asian chili-garlic sauce 
  • hoisin sauce 
  • Crispy shallots 
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