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Pho Ga Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 free-range organic or Kosher chicken carcasses they just taste better
  • 1 whole yellow onion unpeeled and cut in half
  • 3- inch chunk of unpeeled ginger
  • 1 tbl coriander seeds
  • 8 cloves pinned into the top of the onion
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 tbl of rock sugar
  • 2 tbl Squid brand fish sauce
  • 1 bunch coriander stems only bruised and tied with some green onion strips. The tops are saved for plating.


Pho Ga Base:

  • Roast some onion, cloves and ginger for 15 minutes.
  • Peel the ginger once cooled.
  • Mash up some coriander root or stems.
  • Measure out all the other aromatics.
  • Toss everything in with the chicken carcasses along with two liters of water
  • Put everything in a crock-pot overnight on low.
  • In the morning you should be able to strain the stock through a cheesecloth or a very fine sieve.
  • Toss the bones and all the other stuff.
  • Put┬áthe stock back into the pot and keep on low.
  • Slice one chicken breast really thin.
  • Add it to the stock.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.

Pho Ga Toppings:

  • Prepare all your toppings and flavorings.
  • Soak a package of rice noodles in hot water until they are hydrated and chewy. Do not overdo this step. They will finish cooking in the hot broth.
  • Set some of the herbs and aromatics in the bottom of the bowl with the chewy noodles on top and the shredded chicken on top of that.
  • Ladle some of the steaming, delicious Pho broth on top.
  • Dress with some more aromatics and flavoring if need be.