Pho is a traditional Vietnamese dish that is loved for its flavorful broth, tender noodles, and aromatic herbs. While beef or chicken pho are commonly known, seafood pho is also a delicious and refreshing variation of this popular dish. In this article, we will guide you on how to make delicious seafood pho at home.
- Seafood (such as shrimp, squid, fish, mussels, etc.)
- Pho noodles
- Pho broth (you can make it from scratch or use store-bought)
- Spices (such as cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, and coriander seeds)
- Fresh herbs (such as cilantro, Thai basil, mint, and bean sprouts)
- Lime wedges
- Red chili slices (optional)
- Fish sauce
Step 1: Prepare the seafood
- Clean and peel the seafood as needed. If using shrimp, remove the shells and devein. If using squid, clean and slice into rings. If using fish, remove the scales and bones, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Step 2: Cook the pho noodles
- Cook the pho noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Step 3: Prepare the pho broth
- If using store-bought pho broth, heat it in a pot over medium heat. If making pho broth from scratch, add the spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, and coriander seeds) to a dry pan and toast them for a few minutes until fragrant. Then add the spices to a pot with water, along with onion, ginger, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for at least 30 minutes to an hour to develop the flavors. Strain the broth and discard the solids.
Step 4: Assemble the seafood pho
- Bring the pho broth to a boil in a pot. Add the seafood to the boiling broth and cook until they are just cooked through, which should only take a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook the seafood as they can become tough. Once the seafood is cooked, remove them from the broth and set aside.
- To assemble the seafood pho, place cooked pho noodles in serving bowls. Add the cooked seafood on top of the noodles. You can also add sliced onions, white onions, minced garlic, and herbs according to your preference. Optionally, you can also add roasted peanuts on top as a topping.
Step 5: Prepare the dipping sauce
- Dipping sauce is an essential part of seafood pho. You can prepare the dipping sauce by diluting fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice in the right proportion. Taste the dipping sauce and adjust as needed to achieve the desired flavor according to your preference.
Step 6: Enjoy
- Once you have prepared all the ingredients and assembled the seafood pho, you can now enjoy your delicious seafood pho. You can serve it with fresh pho noodles or vermicelli noodles, depending on your preference.
This is a simple guide on how to make delicious seafood pho. You can adjust the ingredients or spices to suit your taste and create your own unique seafood pho. We hope you succeed in making this iconic dish and enjoy a bowl of delicious seafood pho at home!