I never know what to say when people ask me what my favorite food is. There are too many choices and how can I really just pick one. But the truth is that pho is my favorite food. It’s what I wanted for my birthday dinner, it’s what I want when I have a cold, it’s what I want when I’m having a bad day. Pho is just good food. But it’s not something that can easily be made at home.
While flipping through the Whole Foods flyer I found a $1 off coupon for Pacific’s soup starter. Pho in a carton? Why not.
It couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Cook rice noodles. Heat broth and add thinly sliced steak once boiling. Put noodles in bowl, pour broth and meat over noodles, top with whatever you like.
I wish that I could say this was the best darn pho ever, but it’s not. The broth is darn close, a little too sweet and missing some depth of flavor. I think adding a bit of soy sauce or fish sauce would make it. But let’s be real. I ate one of my favorite meals on a cold January night with little preparation and time involved. Until I move to Vietnam and have unlimited pho access, this broth is easily going to be one of my new staples.