Asian flavors are rarely my go-to selection. When it’s a choice between Chinese, Mexican, Italian, or a good hamburger, the continent of Asia and its flavors are left in my dust! But I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a Vietnamese chicken soup, and when I saw this recipe described as “cheater pho,” I decided to give it a try.
I won’t reproduce the recipe, but I do thank Damn Delicious for it. (Find my inspiration at http://damndelicious.net/2015/10/01/cheater-pho-asian-noodle-soup/). As I usually do, I made a few tweaks. To avoid using just chicken thighs, I purchased a store-bought rotisserie chicken. And to make me happy since I don’t care for dark meat, I included the breast meat in my broth. In addition, I used Better Than Buillion to reconsititute into the stock I added to the other ingredients.
As for the garnishes, I didn’t find bean sprouts at my closest grocery store, so I simply left them out. Within 30 minutes, I had a warming and flavorful soup with just a tad of Asian flavors. It’s maybe not exactly a traditional pho, but I thought it was comfort food at its best!